It took a walk-off hit by Ryan Peurifoy in the rubber match to do it, but Georgia Tech managed to win its three-game series with rival Clemson over the weekend two games to one. The pair of wins allowed the Jackets to improve to 26-17 overall (11-13 in the ACC) heading into their final two conference series of the season against Pitt and Miami. There is still a lot of work to be done despite having a meager six ACC games remaining on the schedule for Tech, which has struggled with consistency all year long in terms of pitching and offense.
Georgia Tech baseball wasn't the only team to beat up on Clemson over the weekend -- the Tech golf team won the ACC golf title by edging the Tigers in a playoff. I'm no expert in Clemsoning (yes I am), but I have to say that losing a conference championship AND a baseball series to one of your bitterest rivals in just a couple of hours makes for a less than ideal weekend. And if there's any school specializing in less-than-ideal things, it just has to be Clemson.
ESPN took a look ahead at Georgia Tech's 2015-16 basketball season yesterday, touching on some of Brian Gregory's challenges that are still in store as he looks to keep his job. I certainly feel that the outlook on the season is brighter than it was at this time last year -- Tech lost very few key players and got exponentially better transfers than a year ago -- but I'm still not convinced that this will be a breakout year. I had all of my optimism about playing with a roster full of transfers evaporate after last season's fiasco and am approaching this season with much more caution and much lower expectations. Brian Gregory's history of not recruiting well, having his recruits leave the team, and replacing them with one-year transfers is less than sustainable for Tech's future.
A lot happened around Atlanta sports last week, and the AJC is challenging you to test yourself on everything that went down. I'm proud (or maybe ashamed) to say that I scored a 14/15 on their quiz, only missing the question about personal seat licenses for the Falcons. Have fun seeing how big of an Atlanta sports fan you really are in possibly the most scientific way that you can hope to measure that statistic: quizzing!
What are your early expectations for the 2015 basketball season?
Have a great Monday!