Jackets Begin Spring Practice Feb. 1

Jan. 29, 2009

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech, ranked No. 12 in the preseason Collegiate Baseball poll, will hold its first official practice of the 2009 season this Sunday, Feb. 1. Practice will begin at 11 a.m. at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Tech is a consensus preseason top-25 team and returns 21 letterwinners from the 2008 squad that finished the season with a 41-21 record and an appearance in the championship game of the NCAA Athens Regional. The Yellow Jackets are ranked No. 13 in the preseason National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll, while Baseball America lists Tech at No. 20 in its preseason rankings.

Visit the Baseball Roster Page at Ramblinwreck.com to see full biographies, complete with statistics, action photos and head shots, of the 2009 Yellow Jackets.

Georgia Tech was picked to finish second in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division in a vote by the league’s 12 head coaches, behind North Carolina, the coaches’ pick to win the conference title. Click this video link to see head coach Danny Hall’s thoughts on the 2009 season, complete with practice footage. Additional information on the upcoming season can be found in this recent Q&A with Hall.

Beginning with the first day of practice, and continuing every day until the season opener, fans can go to the baseball page of Ramblinwreck.com to find blogs and Q&A’s by members of the 2009 squad about their lives as college students, what’s going on in practice, and their excitement about the upcoming season.

2009 ACC BASEBALL COACHES PRESEASON POLL

ATLANTIC Team (First Place Votes)Points Florida State (8) 67 Clemson (4) 61 NC State 50 Wake Forest 33 Boston College 25 Maryland 16

COASTAL North Carolina (12) 72 Georgia Tech 56 Miami 49 Virginia 34 Duke 24 Virginia Tech 17

Overall Champion: North Carolina (10)

The 2009 ACC Baseball Championship will be held at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, NC, May 20-24, and the NCAA Tournament is scheduled to begin the last weekend in May.

The Yellow Jackets will open the 2009 season Friday, Feb. 20, when they host 2008 NCAA Tournament foe Lipscomb at Russ Chandler Stadium for a three-game series. The complete 2009 schedule, which includes 12 games against teams that advanced to the 2008 College World Series, can be found on the Baseball Schedule Page at Ramblinwreck.com.

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