Archive for May, 2012

Weseman ACC player of the year again

Georgia Tech third baseman Kelsi Weseman was named the ACC softball player of the year for the second year in a row Thursday, becoming just the third player in league history to earn the honor in consecutive seasons.

Going into the ACC tournament, Weseman was tied for the league lead in home runs and ranked first in league games in slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs and home runs. She also earned her fourth first-team All-ACC designation.

Joining Weseman on the first team was pitcher Hope Rush, whose 22 regular-season wins tied for fourth in the ACC. She won 10 games by shutout. Designated player Kate Kuzma made the second team with a .366 batting average in league play.

Tech beat Virginia in its tournament quarterfinal 6-4 Thursday and will play the Florida State-N.C. State winner Friday in the semifinals in Chapel Hill.

It’s a considerable achievement for Weseman, who missed two weeks earlier this season with mononucleosis and another after colliding with a …

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Tech spring sports notes

1. The Tech golf team will play as the No. 2 seed in the Norman, Okla., regional which will be May 17-19. The Jackets, who won their fourth consecutive ACC tournament in April, will attempt to qualify for their 21st appearance in the NCAA finals out of 22 NCAA regional berths. The top five teams out of the 14-team regional field will advance to the NCAA finals, held at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., May 29-June 3.

2. Tech alumnus Matt Kuchar contributed $50,000 to the Georgia Tech Athletic Association, a portion of the charitable proceeds generated from the 2011 Presidents Cup held in Australia. Kuchar played on the U.S. team for the first time in his career.

3. The Tech women’s tennis team will make its 13th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance Friday with a first-round match against Oklahoma State. Tech is ranked No. 24; OSU No. 37. The winner advances to play the Alabama-Army winner Saturday. The matches will be held at Alabama.

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O’Reilly transfer ‘not done deal’

The father of Pope grad and now former Auburn guard Thomas O’Reilly said Tuesday that a transfer to Georgia Tech is “not a done deal yet. We think it’s an option, but it’s not a done deal at this point.” Shaun O’Reilly said that there has been conversation between his son and Tech since he decided to transfer, but asserted that no decision had been made.

“We’ve talked,” he said. “We know the school very well from when he was recruited as a [high-school prospect]. It’s a great school and it has a ton to offer.”

During his high school recruitment, Tech was the first school to offer O’Reilly, listed in his Auburn bio at 6-foot-3, 325 pounds, and he made multiple visits to the school during his recruitment.

O’Reilly redshirted this past season and, assuming he transfers to another FBS-level school, will have to sit out another year and would have three years of eligibility. A highly-regarded high school prospect, ESPN ranked him the No. 145 player nationally in the class of 2011 …

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Tyler Melton gets tryout with Falcons

Former Georgia Tech wide receiver Tyler Melton has his opportunity, albeit a slim one – a tryout spot at the Falcons’ rookie minicamp next weekend.

Melton confirmed the invite by text message Friday afternoon. He’ll take part in the workouts with the Falcons’ six draftees and 22 undrafted free agents. A tryout player is different than an undrafted rookie free agent. The latter has signed a deal with an NFL team, while a player coming in on a tryout works without a contract. At the mini-camp, which runs May 11-13 at the Falcons’ Flowery Branch complex, Melton’s competition will be three undrafted rookie free agent wide receivers – Marcus Jackson of Lamar, Cody Pearcy from Huntingdon (Ala.) and James Rodgers from Oregon State. The team did not draft any wide receivers.

Melton worked out for the Falcons prior to the draft along with a number of other local products, going through pass routes and then meeting with coaches. Prior to the draft, Melton said he thought he picked …

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82 Tech student-athletes set to graduate

A list of the 82 Georgia Tech student-athletes, trainers and managers graduating Saturday, courtesy of the Tech sports information department.

Bachelor of Science

Name                                         Major                                                                 Sport

LaQuananisha Adams              History, Technology & Society                       Women’s Basketball

Corey Aitken                             Business Administration                                 Women’s Track/XC

Melanie Akwule                       Business Administration                                 Women’s Track/XC

Christa Bagley                           Business Administration                                 Cheer

Shannon Bear                           Biochemistry                                                     Softball

Mo Bennett                               History, Technology & Society                       Women’s Basketball

Sunny Brewer                           Business …

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