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Yellow Jacket Roundup: The Champions, Again

Golf takes home their second ACC title in a row, 18th overall, matching most in history, breaking their own scoring record.

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An old golf picture, but a good golf picture. Congratulations to them on their championship!
Georgia Tech Athletics/Danny Karnik

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - Unlike last year, Tech didn’t enter the ACC championship as the top seed. They weren’t as highly ranked - still well deserving of their top ten ranking, for sure. However, like last year, they left with a conference title in hand and an automatic berth for the NCAA tournament. And, of course, every other spring sport was also in action.

No. 8 Men’s Golf

The Yellow Jackets headed to New London once more to defend their ACC crown. And that they did, playing out of their minds on Thursday to take a commanding lead at 30 under par. Of course, waiting out the weather on Friday had to be infuriating, but they finished strong on Saturday to break their own conference scoring record at -37 to win the title by 15 strokes over Virginia. Andy Ogletree led the Jackets, finishing second individually, while Luke Schneiderjans finished sixth. Also scoring for the Jackets were Tyler Strafaci, Connor Howe, and Noah Norton. Tech’s competition was stiff, too, with seven other teams in the Golfstat Top 30, including no. 3 Wake Forest. Tech’s win ties them for most all-time with the Deamon Deacons. However, all of Tech’s wins have come since they joined the conference in the early 1980s. The Deacs? All before Tech was in the conference. All in all, it was a tremendous week for the Jackets, who showed tremendous poise and maintained their torrid start to hold off all contenders. The team secured themselves an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament, which starts on May 13th in a yet-to-be-disclosed location. Congratulations, best of luck, and keep it up.

This week: The Jackets await their NCAA Regional berth assignment.

No. 38 Women’s Tennis

Tech took the doubles point in their opening match against Syracuse, and sent four of the six singles matches into a third set, but it wasn’t enough to knock off the Orange, whom the Jackets had defeated 4-3 at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex earlier this season. Tech took wins on courts 4 and 5, from Gia Cohen and Victoria Flores. However, it just wasn’t enough to get them through to the next round, and they fell 4-3. We will see how that affects their postseason picture.

This week: The Jackets await their NCAA Tournament fate.

Men’s Tennis

Tech was leading the third doubles match when play was stopped, as Tech narrowly lost the other two 6-4. Things didn’t get much easier from there for Tech, as they split the singles matches and fell by the thinnest of margins, 4-3, to the Louisville Cardinals. The singles wins came from Carlos Divar, Philip Gresk, and Cole Gromley on courts 1, 3, and 6, respectively. Much like the women’s team, they also beat their foe at home, and also sit on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament. Time will tell if they make it in.

This week: The Jackets await their NCAA Tournament fate.


What had gone so well for the Jackets last weekend turned sour this one, as Tech hit the road to face the Louisville Cardinals. Thanks to some interesting weather, the Jackets played an unusual schedule, with one game Friday and two on Sunday, one of which ended after just six innings. However, that six inning game would be as close as Tech would get to a win, as they fell 11-10. The other two games were less close, falling 11-7 and 7-2 on the road. The Jackets’ pitching and defense has had better weekends than this, after some truly stellar fielding at home last weekend against Pittsburgh. However, with the offense clicking once more and scoring more than six runs a game, that should be enough to at least win one. Tech is almost surely going to their second postseason in a row, as an ACC bid needs to be better than just two of a trio of lowly cellar dwellers, but an NCAA bid short of winning the conference title, guarded by defending national and conference champion and current no. 1 ranked Florida State is increasingly daunting. Tech, however, now gets some needed time to regroup before hosting Syracuse.

This week: Tech rests midweek, but returns to the Flats for their Senior Day series vs. Syracuse this weekend.

Track and Field

Tech hosted the Georgia Tech Invitational this weekend at the George Griffin Track. The Yellow Jackets finished first in nine events, including Jeanine Williams’ standout 100 hurdles time and good races from Maurice Simpson in the 100 meter, Daniel Pietsch in the 400 meter, and Avery Bartlett in the 800 meter. The weather was poor most of the weekend, but it was not poor enough to stop the Jackets from turning in a handful of winners and podium finishes going into a weekend split between Athens and Philadelphia.

This week: Track heads to the biggest, most historic event in the sport to run in the Penn Relays.

From Elsewhere on the Flats: Club Sports

  • Men’s lacrosse ends the regular season at no. 1 in the country, after pummeling the school in Athens on a neutral field. This makes them no. 1 seed for the SELC tournament, which they look to win for the third time in the last four years.
  • Women’s lacrosse made some noise in the SWLL tournament, knocking off Florida State, but fell to the school out east later in conference championship play.
  • Women’s basketball is your second Georgia Tech national championship winner of the spring season, after defeating UC Davis 37-35 last week. To avoid the risk of misquoting what happened, I’ll just say it sounded like a very interesting game, especially at the end and involved a number of missed free throws and back-and-forth shots from two teams gassed from a stellar weekend of play.

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This Week on the Flats:

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

Monday: OFF

Baseball vs. the School in Athens
7:00 PM, SunTrust Park, WREK 91.1

Wednesday: OFF

Track and Field at the Penn Relays
All day, Philadelphia, PA

Track and Field at the Penn Relays
All day, Philadelphia, PA

Track and Field at the Torrin Lawrence Invitational
All day, Athens, GA

Softball vs. Syracuse
4:00 PM, Mewborn Field, ACC Network Extra

Baseball vs. Clemson
6:00 PM, The Rusty C, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1

Track and Field at the Penn Relays
All day, Philadelphia, PA

Softball vs. Syracuse
1:00 PM, Mewborn Field, ACC Network Extra

Baseball vs. Clemson
4:00 PM, The Rusty C, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1

Softball vs. Syracuse
12:00 PM, Mewborn Field, ACC Network Extra

Baseball vs. Clemson
1:00 PM, The Rusty C, ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1