Tech spring sports update

Greetings-

A good bit going on with Georgia Tech spring sports over the weekend. A quick roundup:

Baseball

The Yellow Jackets awoke Saturday morning not knowing if it would be the last day of the season. Tech needed either to beat Miami or Virginia Tech to lose to North Carolina to secure the final spot in the eight-team ACC tournament. It turns out they got both. Cole Pitts shut down the Hurricanes, holding Miami to one run in seven innings on two hits, leading the Jackets to a 2-1 win.

Pitts, a freshman, was named ACC pitcher of the week for his efforts.

Tech earned the No. 8 seed in the ACC tournament, starting Wednesday in Greensboro, and has been placed in a four-team pool with No. 1 Florida State, No. 4 Clemson and No. 5 Virginia.

The Jackets will play FSU Wednesday at 11 a.m., Virginia Friday at 11 a.m. and Clemson Saturday at 11 a.m. The team with the best record in the pool plays for the league title Sunday.

Tech is ranked 28th in RPI, which would seem to be pretty safe, and holds a strong strength of schedule. However, if the Jackets lose three in a row, they’d give the tournament selection committee enough reasons to keep them out, starting with a 31-24 overall record and a league record of 12-18.

The Jackets have received a break in that they’ll face FSU’s mid-week starter, Scott Sitz, as the Seminoles will presumably wait to use their top starters for Virginia and Clemson. Tech will start ace Buck Farmer, who held FSU to one run and five hits in eight innings in the Jackets’ 2-1 loss to the Seminoles in April.

Farmer was one of four Tech players to earn All-ACC honors Monday. Farmer and left fielder Brandon Thomas were named to the first team and first baseman Jake Davies and right fielder Daniel Palka made the second team. It’s the fifth year in a row that a Tech pitcher has been named all-conference.

Davies, a senior, and juniors Farmer and Thomas all stand to be drafted in the major league draft in June. Thomas is ranked by mlb.com as the No. 80 prospect overall. Farmer is No. 92.

Softball

The Jackets were bounce at the Tuscaloosa regional Saturday, losing 10-1 in an elimination game to South Alabama. Tech lost its first game 4-3 Friday to South Alabama before recovering Saturday with a 9-1 win over UT-Martin.

In the opener, Tech led 3-2 going into the top of the seventh but gave up a pair of runs on a triple. In the UT-Martin game, Tech led 3-1 going into the seventh, when the Jackets put up six runs to put the game away. Third baseman Kelsi Weseman went 4-for-4 and pitcher Hope Rush threw a complete game, giving up four hits.

In the second South Alabama game, the Jaguars needed only five innings to knock out Tech. Pitcher Kylie Kleinschmidt lasted only into the second, giving up five runs.

Tech’s season ended at 37-23, a reflection of key injuries and a tough schedule. While the Jackets did claim the ACC tournament title, it’s the lowest win total for coach Sharon Perkins since 2008, when the Jackets went 32-31.

Golf

The Jackets failed to get out of regional qualifying for just the second time in their past 22 trips. They were the No. 2 seed in the Southwest regional at Oklahoma. What did in Tech was two things – one, the Jackets didn’t take better advantages out of good scoring conditions on Thursday, posting a 290 for eighth place (the top five teams advance).

Two, they couldn’t handle tough conditions Saturday. Tech began the final round Saturday in fifth place, three shots ahead of Oklahoma.

High winds made scoring difficult, and heavily favored the team playing its home course. Oklahoma gained 12 shots on the day as the Jackets posted the third worst (out of 14 teams) score of the day and finished nine shots out of qualifying position.

Ollie Schniederjans had the best overall score for Tech, 3-over for the tournament, good for a tie for 15th.

Tennis

The men’s and women’s teams will send individuals to the singles and doubles championships that begin Wednesday.

For the men, Kevin King and Juan Spir will be the No. 2 ranked doubles team and both have at-large spots in the singles tournament. King and Spir are 65-21 in their career, and reached the NCAA semifinals last year.

For the women, Jillian O’Neill will play in the singles championship and will play doubles with Alex Anghelescu.

Note: The Tech caravan continues with an event Tuesday (tonight) at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Midtown. Dan Radakovich, Brian Gregory, Paul Johnson and MaChelle Joseph, along with Wes Durham, are scheduled to speak. The event begins at 6 p.m. and is free, but sign-up is requested.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

20 comments Add your comment

Jacket Fan

May 22nd, 2012
11:35 am

When will they update the football depth chart?
Thank you.

GT Lee

May 22nd, 2012
11:36 am

Thanks for the update Ken….Good Luck to the baseball team!

Jmonty

May 22nd, 2012
12:26 pm

Thanks for the updates. Maybe the baseball team will do well. I agree with JacketFan,, Would love to know the depth chart on the football team.

tiger

May 22nd, 2012
12:30 pm

good luck to the baseball team but i wished you hadnt made the statement that tech received a break against fsu, that will surely end up in the fsu locker room, we dont need to give them any advantages especially from the media.

GT Lee

May 22nd, 2012
12:45 pm

@tiger pretty harmless remark; all he’s saying is that we’ll face a weekday starter, not a weekend starter. The weekend starters are usually the staff’s 1, 2 and 3 pitchers. The weekday starter is usually a no 4 or 5 starter. I don’t think the FSU baseball team is going to be outraged by this remark, dude.

old dog

May 22nd, 2012
1:13 pm

y’all may want to give Hope rush a shot @ QB…she probably can throw as good as anyone you have. And at least, y’alls line may TRY and protect her, as opposed to ours which keeps us out of the top of the SEC!

GT Lee

May 22nd, 2012
1:19 pm

@ old dog…..I think we’ll give her a shot at pitching for the Braves, seeing as how Huddy & Beachy are the only consistent pitchers they have right now….

D.J.

May 22nd, 2012
1:25 pm

“Jacket Fan”….Football Depth Chart updated on “Rivals.Com….

old dog

May 22nd, 2012
1:38 pm

@GT Lee,
Very good point……………………

www

May 22nd, 2012
2:45 pm

phil steele’s preseason all acc teams has the yellow jackets well-represented:

1st team offense (omoregie uzzi)
2nd team offense (orwin smith and will jackson)
4th team offense (jay finch).

and 5 guys guys mentioned on defense:
2nd team defense (jeremiah attaochu & isaiah johnson)
4th team defense (izaan cross, jamea thomas & rod sweeting)

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May 22nd, 2012
2:45 pm

Ken Sugiura

May 22nd, 2012
2:47 pm

tiger – i’d think tech is the team that should feel slighted. fsu decided it didn’t need to use its top three pitchers to beat the jackets.

www

May 22nd, 2012
2:48 pm

and i almost forgot about zach laskey at 3rd team punt returner.

congrats to all on the accolades. now let’s win a bunch of games this year.

crackbaby

May 22nd, 2012
4:42 pm

@tiger – quit bitching at Ken for doing his job. Seriously, we’d like more coverage of Tech sports, not less. If the FSU players and coaches need to read the Tech blog for inspiration they aren’t worth a flip.

FSU’s tactic is a supreme compliment to Buck Farmer. They don’t want to use an Ace against him and possibly come up with nothing.

Biff Pocoroba

May 22nd, 2012
7:40 pm

There is no reason for the baseball team to make the NCAA tournament. With only one pitcher and awful defense, they will be out quicker than the softball team. Of course, DRad will give Danny Hall a five year contract renewal for having the team ranked in the top 10 in the pre season once again. Too bad he turns into Bobby Cox in the post season and mis manages everything.

BigTimeTECHFan

May 22nd, 2012
10:29 pm

The Rivals depth chart as Uzzi 4th team OG
not bad when 1st team all ACC is 4th team

GT71

May 23rd, 2012
6:06 am

Although not relevant to this article, how about pursuing an ACC / PAC football bowl game. It would match east coast vs. west coast, could be played out there one year over here the next and feature 2 conferences who still have some commitment to student-athletes with emphasis on ’student’.
And do the same thing in basketball – perhaps an annual holiday tourney.
Just a thought.

Mark

May 23rd, 2012
7:52 am

fsu 15 tech 2

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May 23rd, 2012
9:38 am

Techboy

May 23rd, 2012
11:26 am

Tech 2 FSU 0 2nd inn