The No. 17 Georgia Tech baseball team improved to 7-0 on the season this weekend with a three-game sweep of UMBC at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Jackets, undefeated through seven games for the first time since the 2010 season, used yet another phenomenal pitching performance from freshman Jonathan Hughes (who is yet to allow a run in 12 innings of work this season) to finish up the sweep on Sunday afternoon. In fact, the entire pitching staff has been nothing short of phenomenal all season long, having allowed just 12 total runs through 7 games. If they can keep that up, the sky's the limit for this year's team. The Jackets will be back in action on Tuesday when they take on in-state rival Georgia State at Russ Chandler Stadium with a potential 8-0 start on the line.
Tech basketball managed to extend its own win streak to a very impressive four games in ACC play on Saturday with a close victory over the struggling Boston College Eagles up in Chestnut Hill. The Jackets, now 17-12 on the season, have just two games remaining before the ACC Tournament: at Louisville on Tuesday and at home against Pittsburgh on Saturday. Those two games -- as well as a few tournament matchups -- are must-wins for the Jackets as they attempt to build an NCAA Tournament resume. It appears that the team will at least be offered some sort of postseason recognition at this point -- perhaps in the NIT -- but the big dance should be and likely still is the ultimate goal for the team. It certainly isn't outside the realm of possibilities.
Let me just take this moment to be grateful for the fact that Saturday's game against Boston College feels like the first in a decade that former Eagle Olivier Hanlan wasn't around to completely light up the Jackets. In case you've forgotten, it was Hanlan who knocked the Jackets out of the ACC Tournament a couple of years back with a record-setting performance in which he dropped 41 on Tech in the first round. He was drafted by the Utah Jazz in last year's NBA draft and now plays in Lithuania, which is still not far enough from The Flats to calm my nerves.
Former Georgia Tech defensive tackle Adam Gotsis is one of four Australians who participated at the NFL Combine, with the rest all being kickers and punters from down under. Gotsis, who anchored Tech's defense for the better part of three seasons, went down for a season after suffering a knee injury late in the turbulent 2015 season. The good news is that he appears to be on track to play during the 2016 season, so any injury concerns shouldn't be too nagging as NFL teams consider him in advance of the draft.
Which streak is more impressive, the four-game basketball streak or the seven-game baseball streak?