On the Road With the Jackets: Derek Dietrich Blogs from Maryland (Day 3)

March 20, 2010

Leaving the state of Georgia for the first time this season, junior shortstop Derek Dietrich blogs about the Georgia Tech baseball team’s travels in this edition of “On the road with the Jackets”.

Saturday, March 20
Hey Jacket Nation,

Holding true to our word, the Tech baseball team came back today with intensity and focus. It was another hot day in Maryland, but our bats were even hotter. Meanwhile, GT starter Brandon Cumpton kept the Terps quite cool. Several balls were hit into the beautiful blue sky and traveled way past the fences. Nearly everyone got an opportunity to help propel the Jackets to victory, as we won by an overwhelming margin of 24-4. We are all ready to go after it again tomorrow. Sunday’s game will be crucial as we do battle for the series.

P.S. – Cheer on the GT basketball team Sunday at 2:15p.m.

Friday, March 19
Hey RamblinWreckers,

The GT baseball team got off to a rocky start Friday night at the home of the Terps. We were greeted by an energetic Maryland team that scored three times in the first. Unfortunately, our bats were cold for most of the game despite the 73 degree weather.

Credit must be given to Maryland’s starter who pitched deep into the game coming out in the 9th inning. We showed some fight in the 9th by putting together a little rally, scoring once and getting runners on base. However, at the end of the night, the Terps outplayed the Jackets on both defense and offense leading to their victory. Tech fans can be assured that we will play hard Saturday with intensity and focus.

Congrats to the GT Basketball team….Keep it rolling!

Thursday, March 18

Hey Jacket Fans,

This is Georgia Tech shortstop Derek Dietrich giving you an inside look at the baseball team’s first ACC road trip. Due to our early departure this afternoon, we had a shortened early batting practice before boarding our flight to visit the Terps in Baltimore, Maryland. Gratefully, since this series kicks-off our Spring Break, we were greeted with 70 degree temperatures, and are looking forward to a warm weekend here in the Northeast.

In an effort to keep everyone loose and to share a few laughs, the team gave the freshmen and new sports information director Mike Huff their first tastes of our traditional practical jokes that the GT baseball team is accustomed to. After leaving the airport, we traveled to an area near the hotel where we had time to scatter and grab dinner.

A day that started with early hitting at 11 a.m. ended at about 9 p.m. when we arrived at the Hilton Garden Inn. Following a short meeting with Coach Hall, everyone headed to their rooms to wind down and get some rest to prepare for battle Friday night at 6p.m. with the Maryland Terps.

P.S. On behalf of the baseball team, I would like to wish the GT basketball team luck as they get ready to take on Oklahoma State.

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