A quick trip around Georgia Tech athletics in the form of facts and news.
1. Baseball pitcher Alex Cruz has won five of Tech’s last eight games. The sophomore reliever has a 1.27 ERA (third best in the ACC) and, in league plays, has a 0.86 ERA (first) and opponent batting average of .137 (also first).
2. Sophomore shortstop Mott Hyde is hitting .406 in Tech’s last nine games, including a 3-for-4 performance against Georgia in the Yellow Jackets’ 4-3 win over the Bulldogs at Turner Field.
3. According to the website boydsworld.com, Tech’s RPI is 30, a jump of 11 spots after beating Georgia. They have three games at home this weekend against Clemson, which is No. 37.
“You start picking off teams that are either ranked or ahead of you (in RPI), you start moving up the depth chart, as they say,” coach Danny Hall said.
4. Football season-ticket sales moved past 20,000 recently. The total at the March 30 renewal deadline was 19,000.
5. Golfer James White was named the winner of the Byron Nelson Award, the third Tech player to receive the honor following Troy Matteson and Roberto Castro. The award takes into account performance as well as academics and citizenship. This week, he was also chosen this week to represent the U.S. in the Palmer Cup, a Ryder Cup-style event between American and European college players. The tournament will be held June 28-30 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. He was also named the school’s outstanding male athlete for 2011-12, as voted by Tech athletes.
And, he became just the second Tech athlete to play on four ACC title teams, as he helped the Jackets to their fourth consecutive ACC title last weekend. (The first was baseball player K.G. White, 1985-89.)
6. Men’s tennis players Kevin King and Juan Spir made the All-ACC team Thursday. It’s King’s third selection and Spir’s second in a row. King and Spir are the second-ranked doubles team in the country. Both the men’s and women’s teams will find out their NCAA tournament assignment Tuesday.
7. The Yellow Jacket Spring Caravan begins May 7 in Augusta at First Baptist Church. The other stops are Columbus (May 10 at Columbus State’s Cunningham Center), Atlanta (May 22 at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center) and Dalton (May 29 at the Farm Country Club).
Athletic director Dan Radakovich, football coach Paul Johnson, basketball coaches Brian Gregory and MaChelle Joseph and play-by-play voice Wes Durham will speak. The events are free, but fans are asked to sign up in advance.
Thanks for reading.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech beat