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Yellow Jacket Roundup: April 16th, 2018

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Women’s Tennis continues their Sherman-esque march through the ACC schedule towards a rematch with no. 1 UNC, while Track does good in the distance races.

At this point, a feature of no. 2 women’s tennis should be expected.
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A special shoutout, and other news, here in another busy spring edition of the Yellow Jacket roundup.


No. 2 Women’s Tennis

The Jackets, who moved up to number two in the national rankings this week, opened the weekend with a loss in the doubles point. However, they promptly made up for it by winning the singles in a straight sweep, rocketing to a 6-1 victory on the road at Pittsburgh. Though the Jackets nary, if even, lose the doubles point, the new-look lineup dropped two sets to the Panthers. In singles play, Kenya Jones, Johnnise Renaud, Ida Jarlskog, Nami Otsuka, Nadia Gizdova, and Victoria Flores all took home wins.

On Sunday, the Jackets continued their trek at Boston College. The Jackets secured their eighteenth team victory, and tenth in league play, with the 6-1 victory against the Eagles. Jones and Paige Hourigan were paired up once again in doubles, and they, as well as Jarlskog and Flores picked up sets to win the point. Renaud and Otsuka led at the time play was suspended as well. On the singles side, Tech lost just once as Jarlskog, Jones, and Hourigan each won a pair of sets to take three more points, securing the match. Renaud and Flores also won on the day, while Otsuka lost in tiebreak on court five.

This Week: On this ACC rivalry weekend, the Jackets head to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University on Friday to take the Techmo Bowl to the hardcourt, then return home to host their foes from Clemson.

Softball

Wednesday, April 11th: Kennesaw State (29-13) outlasts Georgia Tech (21-18), 1-0 (10).

Friday, April 13th: Pittsburgh (21-15-1) downs Georgia Tech (21-19), 4-2.

Friday, April 13th: Georgia Tech (22-19) rallies to beat Pittsburgh (21-16-1), 8-6.

Saturday, April 14th: Pittsburgh (22-16-1) vanquishes Georgia Tech (22-20), 6-2.

  • It is a testament to great Tech defense that the Owls managed just one run off of nine hits in the ten inning battle of attrition on Wednesday night. Though Emily Anderson pitched a gem, with nine shutout innings, the offense couldn’t back her up, and a two-out triple in the bottom of the tenth off of sophomore Brooke Barfield sealed the game for Kennesaw State.
  • Tech spotted the Panthers a four run lead before the bats came alive in the top of the final frame. Though the Jackets were able to score two off a two-run home run by Rebecca Prairie with Katie Krzus on base, the rally came up short and the Jackets dropped game one.
  • The second game had a happier ending for the Jackets, as they found a decent offense for the first time in a little while. Tech took a six run lead before the Panthers got their first hacks, thanks to RBI hits and hits-by-pitches from Krzus, Saige Pye, Lily Hooper, and Crosby Huckabay, with two, before Draven Sonnon sent a scorcher into left field for her second double of the inning, scoring the sixth run. Tech slowly gave every run back, however, before Krzus hit a two-run home run, scoring Sonnon, and providing the deciding margin.
  • Though Sonnon led off with a home run, Tech gave the run right back, and more, with only a home run by Pye, her first, from the offense, once the game was already fairly out of reach, and the Jackets fell 6-2.

This Week: Tech hosts four at Mewborn Field, welcoming Presbyterian midweek, as well as ACC foe North Carolina, to Atlanta this week.

Track and Field

Friday night was a rousing success for the Jackets, though Saturday left a little to be desired. Amy Ruiz led off the meet with a top-5 ACC time in the women’s 1500m, good for third in the event, with Nicole Fegans, Haley Anderson, and Liz Galaraza close behind her. Hailey Gollnick added a win in the 3000m steeplechase, with Courtney Naser hot on her heels and Rebecca Entrekin in the top ten as well. Meanwhile, for the men, Avery Bartlett won the 1500m again, with the second fastest time in the ACC so far this year. Alex Grady won the steeplechase for the men, with Sam Costa joining him in the top five. On Saturday, Tech’s Ksenia Novikova won the pole vault, while Andres Littig took second in the men’s 800m and three Jackets finished in the top ten in the 400m.

This Week: Tech returns to Atlanta for their second home meet of the outdoor season, the Georgia Tech Invitational.

Men’s Tennis

Tech lost twice to ranked opponents on the tail end of their lengthy road trip. Before heading home to the friendlier courts of the Ken Byers Tennis Complex, Tech fell 4-1 to both no. 8 North Carolina and no. 20 Duke. The Jackets were able to pick up a point in each match, thanks to a win from Andrew Li on court five in Chapel Hill and Chris Yun on court six in Durham. Not an ideal trip for the Jackets, but they return home to less of a gauntlet this week.

This Week: Notre Dame and Boston College both visit the men at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. You should too.

Baseball

For baseball coverage: Tech won big time on the road in Macon, but lost three of their next four games, in close fashion for most.

  • Georgia State
  • Tech bounced back and won the first game of the road series at Pitt in impressive fashion, 7-3, thanks to a massive grand slam in the ninth inning from Kyle McCann, after Tech tied the game at three apiece in the eighth.
  • In a game it seemed no one wanted to win, the Panthers finally ended the game in the fourteenth, by a score of 4-3. Tech again rallied late to tie the game, after choking up a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth, but an RBI single put the game to rest after more than four hours. Tech left six on base in extras, and could have capitalized, but the thirteenth inning rally in particular came with two outs, so misfortune played into the outcome as well.
  • In the rubber game, moved up due to weather, Tech took the lead twice, but ultimately fell to the Panthers 6-5, who scored two in the bottom of the seventh. Without late inning heroics from the Jackets, Tech moves to 21-16 and 9-9 in the ACC. After a big series win against Florida State the previous weekend, a strong showing from the Jackets would’ve been nice, but they escaped Pittsburgh and its unseasonably nasty weather with a win and plenty of innings played under their belts.

This week: Tech hosts Kennesaw State midweek, while heading to Chapel Hill to play the ACC Coastal leading-North Carolina Tar Heels on the road this weekend.


This Week on the Flats:

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

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: OFF

Wednesday:
Baseball vs. Kennesaw State
6:00 PM, The Rusty C, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1
Softball vs. Presbyterian
6:00 PM, Mewborn Field, ACC Network Extra

Thursday:
Men’s Track and Field @ Mount SAC Invitiational
All day, Walnut, CA

Friday:
Track and Field hosts Georgia Tech Invitational
All day, Dean George C. Griffin Track
Golf @ Atlantic Coast Conference Championship
9:00 AM, New London, CT
Women’s Tennis @ VPISU
3:00 PM, Blacksburg, VA
Men’s Tennis vs. Notre Dame
5:00 PM, Ken Byers Tennis Complex
Softball vs. North Carolina
6:00 PM, Mewborn Field, ACC Network Extra
Baseball @ North Carolina
6:00 PM, Chapel Hill, NC, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1

Saturday:
Track and Field hosts Georgia Tech Invitational
All day, Dean George C. Griffin Track
Golf @ Atlantic Coast Conference Championship
9:00 AM, New London, CT
Softball vs. North Carolina
1:00 PM, Mewborn Field, ACC Network Extra
Baseball @ North Carolina
4:00 PM, Chapel Hill, NC, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1

Sunday:
Golf @ Atlantic Coast Conference Championship
9:00 AM, New London, CT
Men’s Tennis vs. Boston College
11:00 AM, Ken Byers Tennis Complex
Softball vs. North Carolina
1:00 PM, Mewborn Field, ACC Network Extra
Baseball @ North Carolina
1:00 PM, Chapel Hill, NC, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1
Women’s Tennis vs. Clemson
2:00 PM, Ken Byers Tennis Complex