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Technical Tidbits 5/30: Eubanks’ NCAA Run Ends, Baseball Alumnus Has Career Day

In which Georgia Tech’s groundskeepers play a role in Atlanta United’s success

Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox - Game Two Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Christopher Eubanks, the star of Georgia Tech’s men’s tennis team, had his run at an NCAA singles title come to an end with a quarterfinals loss to Virginia’s Thai-Son Kwiatkowski. Eubanks won the first set 6-4 but dropped the next two 2-6, 4-6 to lose the match. The quarterfinals appearance was Eubanks’ best run and the best run by any Yellow Jacket since Bryan Shelton in 1988. Eubanks ends his junior season with a 31-6 record, an All-American nod, and his second consecutive ACC Player of the Year award.

Yellow Jacket alumnus Buck Farmer had the best game of his young career Saturday, striking out 11 in 6 1/3 scoreless innings as his Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago White Sox 4-3 in the second game of a double header. It was the first MLB appearance of 2017 for Farmer, who has gone back and forth between MLB and AAA the last few seasons. Despite the effective outing, Farmer was optioned back down to AAA Toledo following the game. On the season, Farmer is 1-3 with a 4.12 ERA in AAA and was called up as a spot starter for the double-header. SB Nation’s Beyond the Box Score has a good analysis of Farmer’s start. The author isn’t particularly optimistic that this is the start of something for Farmer but hopefully he’ll harness some sort of momentum from his impressive outing earn a full time job in the Bigs soon.

Atlanta’s newest professional sports team played it’s fifth home game on Sunday in Bobby Dodd Stadium. In front of a fifth consecutive sell out crowd, Atlanta United defeated New York City FC 3-1 behind 2 goals from star Miguel Almiron. The inaugural season has been an unquestioned success on and off the field for United. One of the unsung heroes has been Chris May. Georgia Tech’s chief groundskeeper, May led a team to install a full sized soccer field in Bobby Dodd and has been charged with maintaining a pitch that meets the high standards of professional soccer players. So far, the players have had nothing but praise for May’s work. There are four more chances to check out May’s work for yourself before Atlanta United moves up the road to Mercedes-Benz Stadium later this summer.