This Week On The Flats

May 16, 2011

THIS WEEK IN GEORGIA TECH ATHLETICS

May 16-22, 2011

(Home Events in Bold)

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THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Tuesday, May 17

Baseball vs. East Tennessee State, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 18

No events scheduled

Thursday, May 19

Golf at NCAA East Regional, Blacksburg, Va., all day

Men’s Tennis vs. Southern California in NCAA Championship (Stanford, Calif.), 3 p.m. ET

Baseball at Virginia Tech, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, May 20

Golf at NCAA East Regional, Blacksburg, Va., all day

Women’s Tennis vs. Duke in NCAA Championship (Stanford, Calif.), 12 noon ET

Softball vs. Oklahoma State (NCAA Knoxville Regional), 4 p.m.

Baseball at Virginia Tech, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 21

Golf at NCAA East Regional, Blacksburg, Va., all day

Men’s Tennis in NCAA Championship quarterfinal (Stanford, Calif.), 3 p.m.

Softball in NCAA Knoxville Regional, time TBA

Baseball at Virginia Tech, 2 p.m.

Sunday, May 22

Men’s Tennis in NCAA Championship (Stanford, Calif.), time TBA

Women’s Tennis in NCAA Championship quarterfinal (Stanford, Calif.), 3 p.m. ET

Softball in NCAA Knoxville Regional, time TBA

STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

May 9-15, 2011

Kevin King, Tennis, Junior, Peachtree City, Ga.

King won both his singles matches and teamed with Juan Spir to capture both their doubles matches over the weekend in helping 15th-seed Georgia Tech defeat Middle Tennessee State and Mississippi State to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 1994. King won both his singles matches in straight sets, defeating Matthew Langley for the clinching point in Friday’s win over MTSU, then defeating 92nd-ranked Malte Stropp of Mississippi State which gave the Jackets a 3-1 lead at the time. King and Spir easily defeated their MTSU foe, 8-2, and downed Mississippi State’s 37th-ranked tandem, 8-5, wrapping up the doubles point for Tech in each match.

Buck Farmer, Baseball, Sophomore, Conyers, Ga.

Farmer won both of his starts over Illinois-Chicago and No. 9 North Carolina, allowing just one run (0.60 ERA) in 15 innings pitched on the week. Farmer yielded the one run over 7 innings in a victory over the Flames on Monday, before scattering just four hits over 8 shutout innings to lead the Jackets to a huge series victory over the Tar Heels on Sunday. The Conyers, Ga. native had seven strikeouts on the day, and allowed just one runner to advance past second base. Farmer combined with closer Luke Bard for the shutout, making it the first time the Tar Heels had been blanked all season.

Jillian O’Neill, Tennis, Junior, Montreal, Canada

O’Neill went 3-0 in the first two rounds of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship as the Yellow Jackets went 2-0 to advance to the Round of 16 at Stanford. O’Neill, currently ranked 32nd in singles play, downed Jacksonville State’s Vivane Marani 6-3, 6-0 to clinch the Jackets’ 4-0 win over the Gamecocks in the first round. In Sunday’s 4-1 win over 17th-ranked Arizona State, O’Neill and doubles teammate Caroline Lilley, ranked 18th, defeated the Sun Devils’ 25th-ranked team of Micaela Hein and Kelcy McKenna, 8-4. O’Neill capped her perfect weekend with a 6-3, 6-3 win over McKenna, who is ranked 19th in singles play.

SPORTS PREVIEWS

May 16-22, 2011

BASEBALL (37-15, 20-7 ACC, national ranking #9)

Coming off a huge weekend series win over ninth-ranked North Carolina, Georgia Tech (37-15, 20-7 ACC), also ranked as high as No. 9, will close the home portion of its schedule with a midweek game against East Tennessee State at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The Jackets will then close out the regular season with a three-game series against Virginia Tech on Thursday (5:30 p.m.), Friday (5:30 p.m.) and Saturday (2 p.m.) in Blacksburg, Va. The Jackets remain in second place in the ACC Coastal Division (second overall). The Jackets would need to sweep the Hokies, and get a sweep from North Carolina over Virginia in order to win the regular season title.

GT Baseball website: http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/geot-m-basebl-body.html

SOFTBALL (44-10, 18-2 ACC, national rank #19/16)

The Yellow Jackets were selected for their 10th straight NCAA Tournament on Sunday night and will participate in the Knoxville, Tenn., regional May 20-22. Tech will open up the double-elimination regional against Oklahoma State on Friday at 4 p.m. No. 14 Tennessee and Liberty then meet at 6:30 p.m. The two winners will play on Saturday at 2 p.m. while the losers square off in an elimination game at 4:30 p.m. The regional continues at 7 p.m. on Saturday night and then concludes with the regional final at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The “if necessary” game would follow. Live audio and stats for all of Georgia Tech’s postseason games will be available at RamblinWreck.com. Follow Georgia Tech Softball on Twitter @GaTechSoftball.

GT Softball website: http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/w-softbl/geot-w-softbl-body.html

MEN’S TENNIS (21-5, 8-3 ACC, ITA ranking #16)

In the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 1994, 15th-seed Georgia Tech faces a third-round match against No. 2 Southern California (23-2) Thursday at 3 p.m. ET, in the NCAA Championship at the Taube Tennis Center at Stanford, Calif. The winner of that match will face either No. 7 Florida or No. 10 Kentucky in the quarterfinal round at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday. The semifinals matches are scheduled for next Monday, May 23, and the national championship match Tuesday, May 24. Follow Tech men’s tennis on Twitter @GT_MTEN.

Guillermo Gomez has been selected to participate in the NCAA Singles Championship, and Tech’s doubles team of Kevin King and Juan Spir will participate in the NCAA Doubles Championship. Those events, also held at Stanford, begin Wednesday, May 30.

NCAA Men’s Bracket: http://www.ncaa.com/brackets/tennis-men/d1/2011

GT Men’s Tennis website: http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/m-tennis/geot-m-tennis-body-main.html ( http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/m-tennis/geot-m-tennis-body-main.html )

WOMEN’S TENNIS (15-10, 5-6 ACC, ITA ranking #16)

Georgia Tech advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Tournament with a 4-1 win over 17th-ranked Arizona State on Sunday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center. The Yellow Jackets are the 14th national seed in the tournament and will face ACC counterpart, and third-ranked and third-seeded, Duke (24-4) on Friday at 12 noon ET at the Taube Tennis Center on the Stanford University campus in Stanford, Calif.

NCAA Women’s Bracket:http://www.ncaa.com/brackets/tennis-women/d1/2011

GT Women’s Tennis website: http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/w-tennis/geot-w-tennis-body-main.html

GOLF (Golfweek/Sagarin rank #2, Golfstat #4)

Georgia Tech is the top seed in the NCAA East Regional, which will be played Thursday-Saturday at the Pete Dye River Course in Blacksburg, Va. The Yellow Jackets, who earned an automatic berth by winning the ACC championship last month, is playing in an NCAA regional for the 14th straight year and for the 20th time in the 22 years the NCAA has used a regional qualifying format for its championship. They are part of a regional field that includes 13 teams and 10 individuals at Blacksburg.

The full East Regional field, in order of seed, includes Georgia Tech, LSU, Duke, Virginia, Oklahoma, Kent State, Virginia Tech, Mississippi, East Carolina, UNC Wilmington, Coastal Carolina, Lamar and Yale. The top 5 finishers after 54 holes will advance to the NCAA Championship, May 31-June 5, in Stillwater, Okla. Follow Tech golf on Twitter @GT_GOLF.

NCAA Golf Site: http://www.ncaa.com/sports/golf-men/d1

GT Golf website: http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/m-golf/geot-m-golf-body.html

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