Before I begin, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Jake Patterson, and I am going to be writing Technical Tidbits on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from now on. I am from the mountains of North Carolina, and have been a Georgia Tech fan my entire life. I enjoy sports and the news, and am a middling golfer. I can’t wait to gain the wonderful experience that comes with writing for FTRS.
Although the Jackets resoundingly beat NC State on Saturday, they couldn’t carry over the magic to Sunday, falling to UNC 10-2. The game was close early, with starter Cort Roedig pitching a wonderful 4.1 innings, but after Roedig was pulled the game started to go downhill. UNC attacked relief pitcher Luke Bartnicki and blew the game open. Two Jackets were named to the all-tournament team, Nick Wilhite and Michael Guldberg.
There is a small consolation however, as the baseball team was named one of 16 regional hosts for the NCAA tournament. This is a big help as the team returns to the tourney for the first time since 2016, and hosts for the first time since 2011. Although the Jackets have locked up a regional-hosting spot, there will be some stress in the clubhouse as many of the major publications have Tech on the bubble for a top-8 seed, which would allow them to host a super-regional if they make it past the regional round.
The first running back of the 2020 class has committed to the Jackets. Hailing from Dalton, Georgia, Jahmyr Gibbs is rated as a three-star by the 247 sports composite ranking, and the 69th best recruit in Georgia. Tech beat out the likes of Michigan, UNC, and Texas A&M for the commitment.
Before I talk about Rodney Howard, I would like to apologize for linking to a dreadful website, as no other websites had an article about Howard. This will not happen again. Being in the top-2 against Georgia for a sought after recruit will really showcase Josh Pastner’s chops as a recruiter. Although he has swung-and-missed on multiple top recruits, he has a chance to prove a lot by beating an in-state rival for Howard’s services. This would be a much-needed get for Pastner & co.
I don’t know much about Track and Field, but I do know that this is a pretty good finish. Let’s wish all the luck in the world to Jeanine Williams and the two other Jackets competing in the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Austin next week!
Finally, if you are interested in some great Memorial day listening, go check out fellow writer Benjamin Tankersley’s appearance on the FILA Sports Podcast.
Question of the Day: How far do you think the Beesball team will go in the NCAA tournament?