Georgia Tech baseball dropped the first of two midweek games late last night, falling by a final score of 9-8 to in-state rival Mercer at Russ Chandler Stadium. The loss is only the second of the season for Tech versus competition from Georgia, the first being Tech's disappointing loss last week to UGA in Atlanta, but represents the team's twelfth loss overall this season. The present record of 24-12, though it isn't awful by any means, just isn't what most fans expected following the impressive 12-0 start to the campaign. Playing .500 baseball, as decent as it is in a conference like the ACC, is not quite cutting it for a team that sent its own expectations skyward in the early goings.
Meanwhile on the Demetris Robertson front, it finally appears that the five-star athlete is committing to a decision once and for all. The Savannah native declared earlier this week that he will be making a final college decision on May 2nd, exactly 90 days after the official signing day and well into spring practice for just about every college program. I would love to get Robertson on The Flats just as much as the next fan, but signs are pointing more and more towards UGA.
Former Brian Gregory assistant Chad Dollar, the longest-standing assistant coach on the Tech staff, has officially departed to take an assistant coaching job at Illinois State.
Illinois State coach Dan Muller has hired Chad Dollar, source told ESPN.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 20, 2016
It was reported last week that head coach Josh Pastner would not be retaining any of Gregory's three former assistants, so this news is no surprise at all. We certainly hope that coach Dollar has great success coaching at Illinois State, just not at the expense of Tech's potential recruiting. Good luck, coach!
Georgia Tech's many successful professional golfers had solid performances over the weekend in Hilton Head, with Matt Kuchar and Bryce Molder each earning top-10 finishes for the weekend. I've been sorely neglecting Tech's golf news, particularly in light of the recently-concluded Masters Tournament, but rest assured that the players' pocketbooks are not hurting because of it. Golf remains a very, very lucrative field from top to bottom. Just ask Tiger Woods' ex-wife.
Have a great Wednesday!