Tech spring sports update

Three Georgia Tech teams were in action Thursday, and two more begin NCAA tournament play Friday.

Men’s tennis

In its first appearance in the round of 16 since 1994, the men’s tennis team fell to Southern California 4-0 Thursday. The Trojans, the two-time defending champions and the No. 2 seed, made fairly quick work of the Jackets. They won two of the three doubles matches convincingly and won three singles matches in straight sets to clinch the victory. Tech’s No. 1 doubles team of Kevin King and Juan Spir registered Tech’s only victory, 8-3 over Jaak Poldma and J.T. Sundling.

“We lost to a better team, USC outplayed us [Thursday],” coach Kenny Thorne said in an article on Tech’s website.

Baseball

The Tech baseball team opened its final regular-season series with an 11-4 win at Virginia Tech. Shortstop Jacob Esch collected four of Tech’s 14 hits as pitcher Mark Pope gave up three runs (two earned) over seven innings for the win. Esch’s 4-for-6 barrage included a double and home run. Ranked No. 12 by Baseball America and in the hunt for an NCAA tournament national seed, Tech will continue the series with games Friday and Saturday.

Golf

The Tech golf team opened NCAA regional play also at Virginia Tech. The Jackets took a six-stroke first-round lead, led by Kyle Scott’s 4-under-par 68. James White was the second Tech scorer, shooting a 73 to tie for eighth. Tech, ranked second in the country, will need to finish in the top five of the 13 teams at the three-round regional to advance to the championships. Tech’s four scorers combined for a 1-over-par 289, six shots ahead of Duke. Second-round play is Friday.

Starting Friday

Tech’s women’s tennis team plays its round-of-16 match against No. 3 seed Duke Friday. The Jackets will be playing for their first quarterfinals appearance since 2008.

(Update, 4:20 p.m.: The women’s tennis team lost to Duke 4-3 Friday in the round of 16. Jillian O’Neill will represent Tech in the NCAA singles championship, beginning next Wednesday.)

Tech’s softball team starts its NCAA tournament play at the Knoxville regional Friday. The Jackets, trying to bounce back from an upset loss in the ACC tournament, have a 4 p.m. game against Oklahoma State. They’ll likely need to knock out host Tennessee to get to their second super regional in school history.

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12 comments Add your comment

juvenal

May 20th, 2011
9:02 am

need all of these…

juvenal

May 20th, 2011
9:03 am

baseball, that is……..Go Jackets!

wr_jacket

May 20th, 2011
9:08 am

Good luck to all our student athletes this weekend!!

GT hulk

May 20th, 2011
12:12 pm

Dont choke Hall !!!!!!

GT45

May 20th, 2011
12:53 pm

Goodluck, boys and girls!

Caller No. 4

May 20th, 2011
3:32 pm

Ken — What’s the deal on baseball radio coverage? Are we going to have to listen to these kids from WREK doing the games in the post-season? Post-season is no time for us listening at a distance to suffer while they learn by making tons of mistakes. Always had some sort of “adult” announcer involved in past seasons to keep it professional. Can’t believe a nationally-ranked program has this kind of problem with its radio package — plus Georgia doesn’t have kids doing their games.

Ken Sugiura

May 20th, 2011
4:17 pm

Caller – I have no idea. If I had to guess, yes. I’ll see if I can find an answer for you.

Ken Sugiura

May 20th, 2011
4:37 pm

Got your information for you. WREK will have the rest of its student-produced broadcasts the rest of the way.
All the ACC tournament games will be on TV if you can get it.
http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-baseball-championship.html
ESPN has rights to the NCAA games, but CSS could get involved for an Atlanta regional if ESPN doesn’t want it on one of its many platforms.

Jacket Backer

May 20th, 2011
5:44 pm

Go Jackets!!

Biff Pocoroba

May 20th, 2011
10:57 pm

Losing to a bad Virginia Tech team doesn’t help to get a top 8 seed. It doesn’t really matter if you choke away a regional anyway. The softball and tennis teams choked one away today also. At least being a Braves fan gets you used to the late season chokes every year so I just expect it now. The announcers on WREK are terrible but they are better than the ads for the African flute music shows that they run. The regional games on ESPN are terrible because they will have Tech play at 1 pm on a Friday when no one can come and it is 107 degrees

Caller No. 4

May 20th, 2011
11:12 pm

Hoping for lots of TV coverage then. This radio deal is so embarrassing for the Tech program and Coach Hall. What in the world changed and brought us this nonsense? Someone at the GTAA messed up big time.

Born2Buzz

May 26th, 2011
10:52 am

Caller No 4, get a grip. It’s college baseball. Let’s just say there is not a lot of radio advertising money being thrown at college baseball. Be happy that you can listen at all.