"Buzzin' By"- July/August Edition

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The first installment of FTRS's newest segment "Buzzin' By".

Welcome back Tech fans! Hope everyone’s summer travels are not completely over yet and everyone had an enjoyable break. In hopes of keeping everyone updated on the monthly news, this new segment will keep everyone in the loop. From the recruiting front, to the football season, to even spring sports updates, Tech fans will be able to be part of the action each month with our newest segment "Buzzin' By". Coming every 1st of the month, I will give a previous month wrap up as well as update fans on what to expect for the upcoming month.

Lets get started!

July Update:

Recruiting:

For those of you relaxing on a beach (or sitting in a cubicle), July was a very eventful month for Yellow Jacket’s Football recruiting. The team currently has 14 recruits for the 2014 class and I expect us to have another few coming within the next few days to the next week. I will wait until things die down a bit to get a Recruiting Update together, but for now know that the Yellow Jackets are nowhere close to done.

Basketball:

Basketball teams have begun summer training. Follow Coach Brian Gregory here on twitter here for more updates from the Men’s team. So far, the team looks great and the freshmen are on track to be some great contributors this season. Players are healing well and it sounds like the Jackets will be very strong this season.

Many of you saw already, but Trae Golden from University of Tennessee has become the Jacket’s most recent transfer, along with Robert Sampson from East Carolina. With these two additions to the squad, I feel much more confident about the season ahead and think that Gregory has a great chance to make some noise in the always competitive ACC conference.

This additions are important, because the Ballin’ Jackets recently strengthened their OOC schedule that many critiqued the Jackets of last season. They announced recently that they will be taking on Illinois, Charlotte, Vanderbilt, Georgia and Gregory’s previous school, Dayton.

The women’s basketball team recently promoted Catherine Green to director of basketball operations, Ricky Kersey to assistant director of basketball operations, and former Jacket Metra Walthour as a graduate manager.

Golf:

6 of the Jackets golf team worked to qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship, and all 6 qualified. These players include Anders Albertson, Seth Reeves, Ollie Schniederjans, Bo Andrews, Richard Werenski, and Michael Hines. The tournament will be held at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., Aug. 12-18, 2013. Tech stars to win this amateur title include Matt Kuchar in 1997 and Bobby Jones four times in 1924, 1925, 1927 and 1930.

Baseball:

13 of the Yellow Jackets played in notable Summer Leagues over the past few months. Here is a recap of their performance.

  • Josh Heddinger (Peninsula Pilots, Costal Plain League)- Josh recently won another game, bringing his record to 3-0 for the summer. He has lowered his ERA to 2.76 and an opponent BA of .215 over 32.66 innings. He also has 29 K’s with 11 walks.
  • Matt Gonzalez (Bourne Braves, Cape Cod League)- Matt is currently batting .206 this summer. While he has been on a bit of a slump as of late, he has hit important home runs that have lead his team to victory in the past few wins.
  • Daniel Spingola (Danbury Westerners, New England Collegiate League)- Daniel is currently leading his team in hits (55), walks (24), doubles (11), and is second on the team in hitting. He started the week last week second in the league in hits with 47, but was only one off of the lead with a successful week. He is 20th in slugging at .407.
  • Alex Cruz (Danbury Westerners, New England Collegiate League)- As some of you might know, Alex Cruz has moved positions on his summer league, now as an infielder (SS for most of the time). He has had stellar performance in the batters box, with a .429 slugging average, .375 OBP- both second on the team. He is second on his team currently in BA(.286) with 30 hits and was second in HR (4) and RBI (17)

Cruz and Spingola represented the Western Division in the NECL All-Star Game.

  • Kyle Leach (Westhampton Aviators, Hamptons Collegiate League)- Most Tech fans don’t know of Kyle yet, but he is a right handed freshman pitcher. He had a great performances in the summer league, finishing the regular season 2-0, with a 1.97 ERA. He also only had one run over his two performances as well as 13 K’s, only allowing 17 hits and 5 walks.
  • Cole Miller (Westhampton Aviators, Hamptons Collegiate League)- Cole is a sophomore infielder for the Jackets. He has a .283 batting average, third on the team for HR’s and triples. He also has a .848 OPS, .472 slugging average, and a .376 on base percentage.
  • Thomas Smith (Harrisonburg Turks, Valley League)- Thomas has been on a tear this offseason, ending the regular season on a 15 game hitting streak. He was hitting forth in the league with a .341 BA, 45 hits, and a team high 23 RBIs. At second base, he only committed 2 errors all season over 89 chances.
  • Sam Clay (Mankato MoonDogs, Northwoods League)- Clay is a freshman lefty that has a 2.39 ERA, .126 opponents batting average, and a 1.58 WHIP. He has allowed only one HR as well.
  • Grant Wruble (Leesburg Lightning, Florida League)- Grant is a freshman catcher with a regular summer season .267 BA, a .320 on base percentage, and 24 hits.
  • Devin Stanton (Chugiak Chinooks, Alaska League)- Devin is a lefty junior who has recently lowered his ERA to 3.22, an opponents batting average of .261 and a WHIP of 1.43.
  • Mitch Earnest (OTC Bearcats, Sunbelt League)- Mitch had a solid finish to his season, but finished with a .195 BA. He also had a perfect defensive game giving up no errors and 82 putouts as well as 10 assists in 11 games.
  • Will Young (Herndon Braves, Cal Ripken League)- Will is a sophomore infielder that has recently proven he can be of assistance in the outfield as well as he played center field in the league All-Star Game. He batted .226, with a .317 slugging average, and a .639 OPS.
  • Greg Feinberg (Boca Raton Lightning, South Florida Collegiate League)- Greg is a freshman who finished hitting .176 and an on-base percentage of .263.

Football:

ACC Media days have come and gone. The Yellow Jackets have had voluntary workouts in the month of July in preparation for camp later this week. The Jackets have seen their fair share of "Award Watch Lists". Below is a synopsis of them.

  • Jeremiah Attaochu- Pre-Season All-ACC Football Team, Preseason Honors List, Bednarik Award Watch List, Nagurski Trophy Watch List
  • David Sims- Doak Walker Award List
  • Brandon Watts- Preseason Honors List
  • Jay Finch- Rimington Trophy Watch List
  • Jemea Thomas- Bednarik Award Watch List
  • Jamal Golden- Paul Hornung Award Watch List

Now onto the month of August.

What to expect for the month of August:

Football:

What everyone has been waiting for since January 1, team workouts will begin Today, August 1st. Georgia Tech fan days are schedule for Saturday, August 3rd at 3pm, where fans can go and meet the players, coaches and staff and get pictures and autographs with everyone. Here are more details to the event. CPJ and players will begin signing autographs around 4:30pm.

The Yellow Jackets will be celebrating Grant Field’s 100th Anniversary this entire season so expect this to be a lot of fun.

The first game, Elon, is scheduled for August 31st at 12pm at Bobby Dodd Stadium. This game is followed by a bye week.

You can access the schedule for the season here.

Recruiting:

As I said earlier, I expect the Jackets to see a few other commits very soon, within the next week. FTRS will try to keep everyone as updated as possible with the latest news as soon as we hear them.

Volleyball:

The Lady Jackets will begin their season with the Gold v. White Scrimage at O’Keefe Gymnasium on August 24th. This is followed by the Georgia Tech Invitational against Florida A&M, UT-Chattanooga, and College of Charleston from Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at O’Keefe Gymnasium.

Last but not least, school starts back on August 20th. For those of you taking a serious load, good luck.

What sports are you excited for in the Fall? Do you want From the Rumble Seat to cover something this season? Let us know and we can beef up any of the coverage.

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