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Technical Tidbits 1/18: Georgia Tech Baseball has great prospects

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A catcher and an outfielder are highly-ranked.

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This year, the Georgia Tech Baseball team is looking to make a run at the national championship in Omaha. Two freshman will likely make a major impact on the team, and are being recognized by Perfect Game for their potential. C Kevin Parada was ranked no. 6 on the top-prospect list. Parada was a highly-ranked draft prospect coming out of Loyola High School in Los Angeles, but will instead look to anchor the Jackets behind the plate for the next few years. The other Jacket on the list, Jake DeLeo, is an outfielder from Connecticut. DeLeo was on Perfect Game’s All-American high school second team in 2019, and was honorable mention in 2017 and 2018. The season is almost here!

The Georgia Tech Men’s Tennis team is off to a good start. After defeating no. 20 South Carolina in doubles Saturday in the MLK Invitational, the Jackets swept Georgia Southern in doubles and singles resoundingly Sunday. Keshav Chopra’s match was the only one to go three sets, that was against Pascal Wagemaker, who was the Eagles’ best singles player last season. Today, Tech faces off against u(sic)GA. The bulldwags are no. 10 in the nation, so it will be a tough matchup. What’s the good word?

In women’s tennis, Tech is also off to a decent start. Saturday, at Mississippi State’s Bulldog Invitational, the Jackets (no. 12) beat Ole Miss in both doubles and singles, only dropping one match in each. Yesterday, Tech defeated Mississippi State in singles, while tying the Bulldogs in doubles. Star player Kenya Jones bounced back from a singles loss on Saturday to defeat Magda Adaloglou in two sets. Today, the Jackets will play Memphis before heading back to Atlanta for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

They’re only through with the first round of the Camp Creek Seminole Invitational, but the Tech Golf team is not in a great position. The Jackets find themselves in seventh-place, seventeen shots behind first-place Clemson. In his first-ever event for Georgia Tech, sophomore Luka Karaulic led the Jackets as their only player under par (-1, 71). Today, Bruce Heppler’s squad will tee off at 9:50 and 9:59 a.m. ET. You can find the leaderboard here.

Harrison Butker will have a chance to add another ring to his collection next week in the AFC Championship. If the Kansas City Chiefs are successful against the Buffalo Bills, a second ring this season is on the table for Butker. Good luck, Harrison!

Question of the Day: What did you think of the NFL Playoffs this past weekend?