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Technical Tidbits 6/8: Georgia Tech Baseball players recognized for strong performances

Even though they didn’t advance, they played some darn good baseball.

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The Georgia Tech Beesball team gave a lot of fight to the Vanderbilt Commodores over two games this past weekend. They took the national no. 4 seed down to the wire on multiple occasions, but could not get the job done. While disappointing, there is certainly a lot of potential for next year’s squad to host a regional (and maybe even get out of one). One pitcher, a designated hitter, and two position players for the Jackets made the Nashville regional all-tournament team. P Andy Archer represented as a result of his complete game shutout against Indiana State, while DH Drew Compton was placed on the team for his 4 home runs and 7 hits on the weekend. In the field, Luke Waddell’s no strikeout performance allowed him to be chosen at the SS position, with 3B Justyn-Henry Malloy being recognized for his over .500 batting average. The loss is tough, but the recognition is well-deserved. Congratulations, Jackets!

With a Georgia law allowing student-athletes to profit off of their name, image, and likeness set to go into effect on July 1, it’s a smart move by the GTAA to train these student-athletes to take full advantage of the opportunities presented to them. Proper education is key to maximizing potential profit that players can make off of their likeness; and Tech student-athletes will be thanking the GTAA for years to come as a result of this training program. There are many different topics covered in the lessons, ranging from autographs to entrepreneurship. It’s going to be a changed world on July 1, kudos to Tech for recognizing the great opportunity these young stars have.

Victoria Flores and Kenya Jones weren’t just great individual tennis players, they were a great duo as well this past season for the Jackets. The two were consistently ranked as a top-5 doubles pairing in the nation, and even reached no. 1 for a short period of time. While they were upset in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championships, the Flores and Jones pairing led the Georgia Tech team to a second-place finish in the ACC Tournament. In singles, Jones was ranked no. 7 in the nation at the end of the season, with Flores not too far behind at no. 22. Both women made All-ACC teams as well. For their efforts in both singles and doubles, Flores and Jones are officially ITA All-Americans. Congratulations, Victoria and Kenya!

Unfortunately, no Georgia Tech golfers qualified for the 2021 U.S. Open yesterday. However, Tech will have three golfers in the field at Torrey Pines: Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, and Tyler Strafaci.

This view never gets old.

Question of the Day: How have you been taking the baseball team’s loss?