Georgia Tech baseball got off to a phenomenal start to its weekend series with No. 3 Miami on Saturday, defeating the Hurricanes by a final score of 12-1 at Russ Chandler Stadium. It was a seven-inning gem by ace Brandon Gold which allowed Tech, 31-15 (11-11 ACC), to escape with the massive win. Unfortunately, the Jackets were unable to capitalize on the momentum, falling by a final score of 12-2 yesterday in a game which truly highlighted Tech's starting pitching issue -- starter Cole Pitts was able to go just two innings before being pulled by coach Hall. The rubber game tonight will be key for Tech's hopes of hosting an NCAA Regional; a big win on ESPNU would go a long way towards bolstering the team's national perception.
While four-star point guard Charlie Moore's interest in Georgia Tech has been nothing short of intriguing for Tech fans, the Chicago product's supposed affinity for head coach Josh Pastner is apparently a sore spot for at least one writer covering the Illinois Fighting Illini. In that article, which seems to have been spurred on by Moore's decision to consider Tech despite the school's late entry into his list of top choices, the author compares coach Pastner to Illinois head coach John Groce, coming to the conclusion that Pastner "has nothing on John Groce". Alright then. I have no interest in criticizing Groce, who is a fine coach in his own right, but the premise of the article is a bit confusing to me; he seems fixated on the somewhat misguided assumption that Moore is choosing a college based on who the best coach is.
But, is Pastner really better than John Groce, or is he just a product of the having John Calipari’s recruits mixed in with a relatively easy conference every season?
Uh, does it really matter? That sentence comes directly after a line suggesting that Tech is the frontrunner for Moore's services (something I haven't hear anywhere) and is used to draw a comparison between two completely independent issues: Moore's college decision and whether Pastner or Groce is a better coach. By this logic, a three-star player choosing to attend Western Kentucky over Alabama is means that WKU's coach is better than Nick Saban. It just doesn't make any sense.
It is worth noting, however, that Moore took an unofficial visit to Tech over the weekend. Maybe he is beginning to show some serious interest in following coach Pastner to The Flats.
Former Memphis signee Charlie Moore took an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech yesterday, source told ESPN.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) May 7, 2016
We finally have some closure on the Romello White situation -- his mother announced over the weekend that the four-star prospect will, in fact, continue with the process of requesting a release from Tech. It's hardly a surprise, but the lack of action by White following the initial announcement of his decision a couple of weeks back left a bit to be discovered. Those questions, it appears, have now been answered; the four-star forward will not enroll at Tech. Best of luck to Romello in the future.