The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets went 1-1 in their first two NCAA Tournament games in order to square off against the Indiana State Sycamores in an elimination game on Sunday afternoon. Tech beat the Sycamores to start the weekend, but then fell by one to the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday afternoon. Sunday’s matinee was the best performance of the tournament by far for the Beesball team, as the Jackets shutout ISU 9-0. Andy Archer went for a complete game, allowing just four hits after the team allowed 11 in Friday’s matchup. This was a big win for the Jackets, as it allowed them to face Vanderbilt later on Sunday evening.
All I can say about this game is: “pain” = Akshay Easwaran. This was a brutal way to end the season for the Yellow Jackets, especially after taking a crucial lead towards the end of the game. You have to feel for the Jackets, but this was a successful season that can be built upon for years to come.
Last week at FTRS was opinion week, and our fearless leader Ben Tankersley might have given the boldest opinion of all. Ben believes that Tech QB Jeff Sims can be the next “superstar” QB of the ACC. Ben does point out that it will be difficult for Sims to be at the top of the pecking order in the conference, but that it can be done with the improvement Tech looks to have along the offensive line and within the receiving corps. Kyric McGowan, the WR transfer from Northwestern, will be a huge boost with his athletic skillset. It will take work (Sam Howell is also in the conference), but Sims could very well do it. For Georgia Tech’s sake, let’s hope so.
Today is what many consider to be the longest day in golf: final qualifying for the United States Open. It’s what makes the major tournament truly special, literally anyone with a handicap number has a chance at getting into one of the four most important tournaments of the year. There are multiple Georgia Tech golfers (and former Jackets) set to tee it up in today’s proceedings taking place across the country. Three of the Jackets participating are either graduating or are currently on the team; Will Dickson, Noah Norton, and Ross Steelman are all playing at the Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta. Both Ollie Schniederjans and Vincent Whaley are also playing in the Atlanta qualifier. You can check on live scores and results throughout the day at the link here. Good luck, Jackets!