Just weeks after landing a transfer from Hokie Adam Smith, Brian Gregory could still be looking to add another piece in the form of either Arkansas-Little Rock's James White or Richmond's Alonzo Nelson-Ododa. The two players, both forwards, are in the running to fill the empty roster spot and scholarship left by the recently departed Chris Bolden and each represent a big need for Tech -- depth in the frontcourt. The 6-foot-9 Ododa ranks second all-time at Richmond in terms of blocked shots while averaging 6.6 points and 5.1 rebounds for the Spiders. He was also an 80% free throw shooter during his junior season, which is an area that Tech struggled in last season. The 6-foot-8 James White finished his season averaging 11.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for Arkansas-Little Rock.
Starting pitcher Cole Pitts, who found no sympathy from the opponent during his 6-0 loss to Georgia at Turner Field, hopes that better things are ahead for him as his Georgia Tech career continues. Pitts, who is just wrapping up his first season back from an injury this year, currently holds a team-worst 0-6 record with a 6.85 ERA in 11 starts. While Pitts' struggles this season were mighty, he was hardly the only hurler on the team to face similar issues -- only three pitchers, Brandon Gold, Jonathan King, and Zac Ryan, finished with sub-4.00 ERAs for the year. The Jackets will begin pool play today against UVA at 11 AM.
In other baseball news, the Jackets had four players named to All-ACC baseball teams at the end of the regular season. A.J. Murray, Brandon Gold, and Matt Gonzalez were all named to the All-ACC team for their good work during the regular season while freshman phenom Kel Johnson brought home an ACC All-Rookie team award for his fantastic 10-homer campaign. Gold and Johnson will both be back next season unless something unforeseen happens, and Gonzalez very well could return as well if he decides not to sign with an MLB team in the draft. With those three on the books for next year, the future is still looking bright.
Being so wrapped up in the success of the 2014 football season can sometimes lead us to forget about the other fantastic sports at Georgia Tech which are continuing the Institute's tradition of excellence in the absence of football -- the lacrosse team recently finished off the first undefeated regular season in school history at 14-0 and advanced all the way to the Elite 8 of the tournament. Although the season ended a round too early with a loss to Colorado in the quarterfinals, Tech was able to put together an astounding 17-2 record for the season. Congratulations to the Georgia Tech lacrosse team on a historic season!
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Have a great Tuesday!