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Technical Tidbits 4/8: Baseball team stumbles against Spartans

Tech drops game to USC Upstate, 9-3 final score.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: MAR 01 Georgia at Georgia Tech Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Talk about being in a funk, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets baseball team dropped to 14-10 last night after being soundly defeated by USC Upstate 9-3. The 12th ranked (for now) Yellow Jackets face a tough challenge ahead. They’ll be travelling to South Bend to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This is a team that is 13-5 overall with all 5 of their losses coming to ACC opponents. It would be nice if the Yellow Jackets could add three more losses to that tally. The first game of the three-game series takes place tomorrow and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra as will the other two games that take place on Saturday and Sunday. After this road series, Tech will be back in Atlanta hosting their SEC rival, Auburn. It’s a tough stretch ahead for the Yellow Jackets.

Speaking of Yellow Jackets baseball, a former Yellow Jacket pitcher turned MLB professional made his major league debut. Sam Clay is now a pitcher for the Washington Nationals. Appropriately enough, the left-hander’s debut took place in Atlanta against the Atlanta Braves. He pitched for an inning and did fairly well in his first game in the big league’s. As the article mentions, Clay was selected by Minnesota in 2014 and then in November of 2020 signed a Major League contract. Congratulations to Clay on making his first appearance — an interesting tidbit from the article: Clay became the 72nd Yellow Jacket to go on to become a Major Leaguer.

Well, here’s some more video from the Yellow Jackets spring practice — actually, it’s just footage of the press conference (the article does link to some live action footage from the actual practices if you’re interested). This video highlights running backs coach Tashard Choice. He’s a pretty intense coach and you can see his passion from the interview.