Following a series win against #6 Florida State, a pair of Yellow Jackets picked up ACC Honors on Monday. Sophomore SS Austin Wilhite was named ACC Player of the Week while sophomore P Connor Thomas shared ACC Pitcher of the Week with Virginia’s Derek Casey. Wilhite led a hot GT offense with an 8/15 line, including an inside-the-park homer, 5 RBIs, and 3 runs. Thomas threw a complete game on Saturday, allowing 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 9 Seminoles. Thomas is the second Jacket to be named ACC Pitcher of the Week, following Xzavion Curry’s honor last week.
Monday also marked the official unveiling of the plans for Phase II of the renovations to Russ Chandler Stadium. This phase includes an expanded training facility adjacent to the Tech dugout, an alumni locker room for former players to use while working out at the new training facility in the offseason, new concession stands and restrooms, a premium club area, and an atrium to house the Georgia Tech Baseball Hall of Fame. The final price tag on Phase II will be $9 million, of which $6.5 million has already been raised. From the release and the included models it looks like these renovations will go a long way to increasing both the player and fan experience at Russ Chandler.
Georgia Tech baseball will be back in action tonight for the first of a pair of midweek games against in-state rivals. Tonight, the Yellow Jackets will head down to Macon to take on the Mercer Bears. Tech will be looking to take revenge for a 6-2 loss to Mercer back on March 21st. The Jackets will be starting freshman lefty Brant Hunter, who sports a 4.85 ERA and 2-2 record in his rookie season. Another southpaw, junior Austin Cox, will take the hill for the Bears. First pitch is at 6:00 pm.
- DL Cortez Alston has left the football team, Paul Johnson announced on Monday. Alston was a 3-star recruit from the nearby Westminster School who redshirted in 2017. (Sugiura - myAJC)
- It’s also behind the myAJC paywall, but here’s a cool story about Tech’s new safeties coach, Shiel Wood, and why he took two years off coaching to help his family. (Sugiura - myAJC)
Is Jeopardy a sport? I don’t know, but Georgia Tech will be represented in this week’s College Championship by freshman Rishab Jain, so keep an eye out for him later this week. Good luck!