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Yellow Jacket Roundup: March 12th, 2018

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In which brooms, hurdles, and Petefish feature prominently

Tech softball started ACC play off with a sweep for the first time in quite a while.
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A weekly look into swimming and diving, track and field, cross country, softball, women’s basketball, tennis, volleyball, golf, and anything else we happen to see on campus.


No. 5 Women’s Tennis

Tech fell for the second time this season on the road to the no. 8 Northwestern Wildcats. Though Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones continued their dominating pace, defeating the nation’s number one doubles duo to secure the doubles point for the Jackets, only one Jacket won in singles play, when Ida Jarlskog won in a lengthy but clean two sets. Though Tech played well, they could not secure the requisite three singles matches they needed and fell to the esteemed highly ranked hosts.

This Week: Tech hosts Miami this week and then heads to Lubbock to face Texas Tech and Cornell.

No. 8 Men’s Golf

Tech golf, which has been the NCAA runner-up four times, had yet to compete in the General Hackler Championship before this year. However, Georgia Tech’s men found themselves at the top of the pile of fifteen teams, eight of whom were ranked, after the first day of play. With highly regarded sophomore Tyler Strafaci in Florida playing in the PGA Tour’s Valspar Invitational after winning the Valspar Collegiate last year, Tech’s lineup is slightly different than usual. However, through one day of play, the move worked out well. On Sunday, the second and final day, Tech found themselves in front again, finishing 16 shots under par and edging no. 2 Texas A&M for the title. A pair of Jackets, Chris Petefish and Noah Norton, finished in the top two spots on the individual side at 7 and 5 shots under par, respectively, leading the Jackets excellent individual performances and satisfying team win over quality competition this weekend.

This Week: Tech heads to the Valspar Collegiate Invitational in Florida.

No. 31 / No. 37 Swimming and Diving

With freshman diver Camryn Hidalgo out due to a freak injury at the ACC Championships, four Jackets headed to Knoxville for the Zone Diving Championships. After a fairly good week of competition in Tennessee, only Matt Casillas moves on to the NCAA Men’s Division I Championships in Minneapolis in two weeks, in the Platform event. Also competing were Paige Gohr, who finished 17th, and Nolan Mallet, finishing in 15th. Casillas also made the final of the men’s 1m springboard.

Meanwhile, four Jacket swimmers had their tickets punched to their NCAA Championship meets. Freshman Christian Ferraro recorded the 12th-fastest time in the country this year in the 200 butterfly last weekend, earning him an automatic bid to nationals. He will swim the 100 fly and 200 individual medley as well. Fellow first year Caio Pumpitis will join him after his B-cut in the 200 breaststroke placed him within the cut for the meet, and he will swim the 100 breast and 200 IM, which he also has B-cuts in, at the meet. Additionally, senior Moises Loschi returns to Nationals in the 100 and 200 breast, where he has competed three times for Tech, after withdrawing in 2016 when Tech hosted in order to compete for a spot on the Italian Olympic team. Finally, this week in Indianapolis, Iris Wang will swim the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle for the Yellow Jackets at the women’s NCAAs.

This Week: Iris Wang is in Columbus, Ohio for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Division I Championships.

Softball

Tuesday, March 6th: The Jackets’ trip to Athens was postponed due to inclement weather.

Friday, March 9th: Georgia Tech (12 - 7) tops Virginia (8 - 15), 9-5.

Saturday, March 10th: Georgia Tech (13 - 7) defeats Virginia (8 - 16), 18-9 (5).

Saturday, March 10th: Georgia Tech (14 - 7) sweeps Virginia (8 - 17), 8-5.

The midweek matchup in Athens against the School out East was postponed due to inclement weather. However, Tech still played the opening three game series of the ACC slate in Charlottesville this past weekend.

  • Tech started off the weekend strong, though occasional suspect defense remains. The home team struck first by walking twice with the bases loaded. The top of Tech’s order got to work in the top of the fifth, when Breanna Roper walked, Cameron Stanford singled, and Katie Krzus reached on an error to load the bases. After getting a force out at home, the Cavaliers’ luck ran out when Lily Hooper, Crosby Huckabay, and Kaylee Ellebracht all forced in runs, making the score 4-2. Hooper gave one back on an error, but Draven Sonnon, who later scored, doubled, driving in Roper and Stanford. The Jackets had a comfortable lead when Sonnon finished the scoring with her second double, driving in Roper, on base from her fourth walk. The Cavaliers would add one more but it was not enough to stop the Jackets.
  • Tech ended the first game early on Saturday, leading 18-9 after 5 innings. The Jackets struck first, but Virginia took a 3-1 lead before the floodgates opened. In the end, the Jackets scored 5 in the fourth and 10 in the fifth, and everyone finished with at least one hit. Roper made it on base safely each time, walking three more times after four Friday. She and Stanford each crossed the plate three times and Sonnon finished with four RBIs, two of which came on her third home run of the season. Virginia kept trying to come back, scoring two of their own in the fourth and three in the fifth, but it was not enough for Tech’s offensive onslaught.
  • The final game of the series again featured a monster fifth inning for the Jackets, but first the home team went up 4-0 in no small part to three unearned runs. Tech and Virginia traded another run before Tech’s fifth. Stanford started the scoring with a home run, and a double followed by two errors lead to a run and set up Huckabay’s three run blast, securing a lead Tech wouldn’t relinquish. Tech scored two more insurance runs in the last inning to lock down the game and the sweep.

This week: Tech hosts Alabama in a midweek tilt before North Carolina State comes to town for Tech’s ACC home opener.

Track and Field

The two Yellow Jackets representing Tech this weekend at the NCAA Indoor National Championships, Jeanine Williams and Avery Bartlett, both put up strong showings but each came up just short of a finals appearance. Williams, the reigning ACC champion, went an 8.18 in her 60m hurdles, .16 off her best time, good for 13th in the nation. Meanwhile, Bartlett was just .07 seconds from a finals appearance, finishing in ninth in the 800m with a time of 1:48.24. Both earned second team all-American status.

This Week: Tech hosts their first competition of the outdoor season, the Yellow Jacket Invitational, at Dean George C. Griffin Track this weekend.


For men’s basketball coverage: Tech lost to Boston College in the first round of the ACC tournament, ending their season.

For baseball coverage: Baseball knocked off Georgia State on the road, but was the swept by Clemson by a margin that grew in each game of the series.


This Week on the Flats:

BOLD for home, REGULAR for away, ITALIC for time and location

Monday: OFF

Tuesday:
Baseball @ Auburn
7:00 PM ET, Auburn, AL, SEC Network and WREK 91.1

Wednesday:
Swimming and Diving @ NCAA Women’s Division I Championships
All day, Columbus, OH
Women’s Tennis vs. Miami
3:00 PM, Ken Byers Tennis Complex
Softball vs. Alabama
6:00 PM, Mewborn Field, ACC Network Extra

Thursday:
Swimming and Diving @ NCAA Women’s Division I Championships
All day, Columbus, OH

Friday:
Swimming and Diving @ NCAA Women’s Division I Championships
All day, Columbus, OH
Track and Field hosts Yellow Jacket Invitational
All day, Dean George C. Griffin Track
Softball vs. North Carolina State
6:00 PM, Mewborn Field, ACC Network Extra
Baseball vs. VPISU
6:00 PM, The Rusty C, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1

Saturday:
Swimming and Diving @ NCAA Women’s Division I Championships
All day, Columbus, OH
Track and Field hosts Yellow Jacket Invitational
All day, Dean George C. Griffin Track
Softball vs. North Carolina State
1:00 PM, Mewborn Field, ACC Network Extra
Women’s Tennis vs. Cornell
1:00 PM ET, Lubbock, TX
Baseball vs. VPISU
2:00 PM, The Rusty C, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1

Sunday:
Golf @ Valspar Collegiate Invitational
All day, FL
Softball vs. North Carolina State
12:00 PM, Mewborn Field, ACC Network Extra
Baseball vs. VPISU
1:00 PM, The Rusty C, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1
Women’s Tennis @ Texas Tech
1:00 PM ET, Lubbock, TX
Men’s Tennis @ Florida State
1:00 PM ET, Tallahassee, FL