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Yellow Jacket Roundup: April 23rd, 2018

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GOLF WINS ACC TITLE; ninth in last thirteen years, seventeenth overall

Running happened nearby this weekend, or so it is said.
Danny Karnik/Georgia Tech Athletics

From Track and Field to the Football spring game, it was a busy weekend on the Flats. Yellow Jacket Roundup takes its weekly look at the goings-on across Georgia Tech Athletics.


No. 3 Women’s Tennis

Georgia Tech hit the road on Friday to visit the Hokies in Blacksburg for their final road match of the season. The Jackets would end up winning 4-1, with two singles courts not finishing. On the doubles side, the first two pairs split, with Kenya Jones and Paige Hourigan taking the win, before Ida Jarlskog and Victoria Flores rallied for three straight points to take the set and the doubles point. On the singles side, no. 12 Hourigan took the first point, while Jones fell. Jarlskog and Johnnise Renaud won their matches to seal the match in favor of the Jackets.

Tech took the final regular season match in impressive fashion, sweeping the rival Clemson Tigers from up Interstate 85. Hourigan/Jones and Renaud/Nami Otsuka took two quick games to clinch the doubles point for the Jackets. Renaud, Otsuka, and Flores won quickly for the Jackets, and Tech moves on to this week, where they will compete for the ACC title in Cary, North Carolina.

This Week: With their two wins this weekend, the Jackets clinched the no. 2 seed in the conference tournament this season. The draw will be released at a later time and the site will be updated to reflect that.

No. 5 Men’s Golf

In a serious case of burying the lede, golf won the Atlantic Coast Conference title Sunday for the seventeenth time since joining the conference, their ninth in the past thirteen seasons. Tech’s Chris Petefish began the 18th hole on the final day with the Jackets just one shot ahead of no. 15 Clemson, but impressively managed a birdie, taking the victory for the Institute. Tech secured an automatic entry into the NCAA championships with the win and will likely host a regional tournament.

The story of the day is likely Tyler Strafaci, who, after the Tigers were able to take the advantage on the front nine holes, shot his way to a 68 on the round, highlighted by nailing birdies on four of the first five hole on the back half. He and Luke Schniederjans tied for twelfth and were the top finishers for the Jackets. The outstanding depth of coach Bruce Heppler’s program is truly what carried the Jackets to their title - the Jackets had just one round with a player finishing higher than a 74. The Jackets took the title and await their assignment for the upcoming NCAA regional.

This week: The Jackets regional hopes rest of their continued strong play. Look for the Jackets to be back in action on the 14th of May.

Softball

Wednesday, April 18th: Georgia Tech (23-20) defeats hapless Presbyterian (3-37), 5-1.

Friday, April 20th: North Carolina (27-21) handles Georgia Tech (23-21), 4-2.

Saturday, April 21st: Georgia Tech (24-21) knocks off North Carolina (27-22), 5-2.

Saturday, April 21st: Georgia Tech (25-21) rallied late to beat North Carolina (27-23), 6-5.

  • Tech struck in the bottom of the first when Rebecca Prairie knocked in Katie Krzus, on second after a double. Krzus and Prairie got Tech going again in the fourth, with a walk and a single. After Crosby Huckabay singled, Lilly Hooper was plunked, forcing in Krzus. Saige Pye reached on an error and another run scored. Presbyterian got one back before Tech added two more runs in the sixth. Hooper knocked a shot over the outfield fence, scoring pinch runner Breanna Roper as well, making the score 5-1, which would hold through the top of the seventh and final inning.
  • Tech, as they so often do, scored first, taking a 1-0 lead off of a Hooper double. Tech gave four back, and managed one more run, thanks to Cameron Stanford’s seventh home run of the season, and fell 4-2.
  • The Tar Heels took a 2-0 lead early, but the Jackets scored five unanswered runs in the win. Draven Sonnen launched one over the wall in the third, but the Jackets took three runs in the home half of the fifth thanks to a Prairie single and triple from Huckabay. Sonnen added another run-scoring triple for Tech’s fifth and final run in the 5-2 win.
  • Tech spotted the Tar Heels a 3-0 lead in the first and spent the rest of the game digging their way out of that early hole. They managed to knot the game at three thanks to a two run double from Hooper in the first and a bases loaded walk in the second. North Carolina responded with two solo home runs in their half of the third, though Tech answered right back with a Prairie triple, scoring two. The Jackets got one more off of a bloop single in the fifth and there the score stayed, giving Tech their 25th win for the first time in half a decade and fourth ACC series win for the first time since 2012.

This Week: Tech stays at home for an ACC series against VPISU, but heads out to Jacksonville State midweek.

Track and Field

Tech had numerous quality races this weekend at their home invitational. The Jackets recorded five top-ten conference runs on Saturday alone en route to a solid performance by both the men’s and women’s teams. Meanwhile, on the west coast, Nahom Solomon annihilated the men’s 10k record, and was the top collegiate finisher in the event at the 2018 Mt. SAC Relays.

This Week: Tech splits the team this weekend for the historic Penn Relays and, closer to home, the North Florida Invitational in Jacksonville.

Men’s Tennis

Tech began the weekend with a 5-2 loss to no. 26 Notre Dame, despite solid play, which included winning the doubles point. Carlos Divar and Michael Kay continued their winning ways in doubles, and Phillip Gresk and Andrew Li won as well, giving Tech the point. Meanwhile, Chris Yun managed to win on court six in singles. However, this was not enough for the Jackets, who were defeated in the other five singles matchups.

The Jackets then ended the season with a satisfying sweep of the Boston College Eagles at home on Senior Day. Sunday, which was the final home match for Michael Kay, Elijah Melendez, and Daniel Yun, was Tech’s second ACC win of the season. Divar/Kay and Gresk/Li won yet again, and Melendez/C. Yun were ahead when play was called. On the singles side, Divar, Li, and Gresk made quick work of the visitors and secured the 4-0 win for the Yellow Jackets.

This Week: The men join the women in Cary, North Carolina for the ACC championships.

Baseball

For baseball coverage: Tech won big again against Kennesaw State but continued their skid against ACC foes, getting swept by no. 8 North Carolina.

  • Tech allowed eleven hits in the 9-3 loss to the Tar Heels Friday night. Oscar Serratos and Joey Bart led the way at the plate, but the Jackets couldn’t string together enough hits to outlast North Carolina’s onslaught.
  • Tech lost this one in heartbreaking fashion, scoring two in the top of the tenth frame, only to allow three in the bottom of that same inning, dooming them to a 9-8 loss. The Jackets led by four heading into the bottom of the eighth, and starter Connor Thomas’ tremendous start was foiled by seven allowed runs in the last three innings.
  • The game was close until the wheels fell off the bus in the seventh inning. The Jackets allowed seven, but could only answer with two of their own in the eighth, falling 10-3 in the final game of the series.

This week: The school out east’s boys come to town Tuesday night at the Rusty C, while Wake Forest visits for a three game series this weekend.

Football

For football coverage: see Cade Lawson’s succinct summary of the spring game here.


This Week on the Flats:

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

Monday: OFF

Tuesday:
Softball @ Jacksonville State
5:00 PM CT, Jacksonville, AL
Baseball vs. georgia
7:00 PM, The Rusty C, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1

Wednesday:
Women’s Tennis @ Atlantic Coast Conference Championships
TBA, Cary, NC

Thursday:
Women’s Tennis @ Atlantic Coast Conference Championships
TBA, Cary, NC
Men’s Tennis @ Atlantic Coast Conference Championships
TBA, Cary, NC
Track and Field @ Penn Relays
All day, Philadelphia, PA
Track and Field @ North Florida Invitational
All day, Jacksonville, FL

Friday:
Women’s Tennis @ Atlantic Coast Conference Championships
TBA, Cary, NC
Men’s Tennis @ Atlantic Coast Conference Championships
TBA, Cary, NC
Track and Field @ Penn Relays
All day, Philadelphia, PA
Track and Field @ North Florida Invitational
All day, Jacksonville, FL
Softball vs. VPISU
6:00 PM, Mewborn Field, ACC Network Extra
Baseball vs. Wake Forest
7:00 PM, The Rusty C, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1

Saturday:
Women’s Tennis @ Atlantic Coast Conference Championships
TBA, Cary, NC
Men’s Tennis @ Atlantic Coast Conference Championships
TBA, Cary, NC
Track and Field @ Penn Relays
All day, Philadelphia, PA
Track and Field @ North Florida Invitational
All day, Jacksonville, FL
Softball vs. VPISU
1:00 PM, Mewborn Field, ACC Network Extra
Baseball vs. Wake Forest
4:00 PM, The Rusty C, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1

Sunday:
Women’s Tennis @ Atlantic Coast Conference Championships
TBA, Cary, NC
Men’s Tennis @ Atlantic Coast Conference Championships
TBA, Cary, NC
Track and Field @ Penn Relays
All day, Philadelphia, PA
Track and Field @ North Florida Invitational
All day, Jacksonville, FL
Softball vs. VPISU
1:00 PM, Mewborn Field, ACC Network Extra
Baseball vs. Wake Forest
1:00 PM, The Rusty C, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1