Georgia Tech baseball dropped its third-straight ACC series to open up the 2017 conference slate over the weekend, losing two of three games to Wake Forest up in Winston Salem. The pair of losses, coming on Saturday and Sunday after an extra-innings win on Friday night, kicked the Jackets all the way down to 3-6 in the conference and 13-9 overall on the season with the brunt of the ACC’s best teams still to come. For the second week in a row, we saw Georgia Tech avoid a sweep by the skin of their teeth — last weekend’s only win came in 12 innings against North Carolina and this weekend it came in 11 against Wake Forest. I suppose that the 18-7 Deacs are a quality opponent, but they haven’t played or beaten a soul this season. Those are the kinds of series that we are going to want back in a couple of months.
The team’s next opportunity to atone for its conference woes comes on Friday against Clemson, but tonight’s game against Mercer will provide the team with a great opportunity to get back on track before the competition ramps up once again. The Jackets have been generally solid against midweek opponents all season long, dropping only last week’s game against Auburn so far, and they’ve performed exceptionally well against in-state rivals so far as well. Losing tonight, however, would all but cement what many argue has already been confirmed: this season’s team isn’t what it was cracked up to be. There’s still plenty of time to turn it around, but 10 losses in late March is hardly a great mark for a program as proud as Tech’s.
The month of March has brought with it a bit more certainty when it comes to Tech’s 2017 football schedule, as former LSU signal caller Brandon Harris has elected to transfer to North Carolina for the remainder of his college career. Tar Heel quarterbacks, namely Marquise Williams and Mitch Trubisky, have absolutely destroyed Georgia Tech over the last few seasons, but Brandon Harris simply hasn’t shown the potential to do that — especially not with his arm. I’m sure he’ll throw for 450 yards and 4 touchdowns on Tech now that I’ve said that, but the fact is that a Brandon Harris UNC offense is not the same as a Trubisky or Williams UNC offense.
Aha! Checkmate, Larry Fedora. Good luck showing off how well your quarterback handles pressure against a Georgia Tech team that doesn’t even generate pressure in the first place. Ted Roof has been playing the long game, just waiting for this moment. Plus, we’ve had some pretty nice success against one-year transfers in the past. Looking at you, Everett Golson.