Dec. 6, 2013
THE FLATS – December 6, 2013
Tech’s Georgia Tech baseball’s freshman class has been ranked No. 9 nationally by Perfect Game USA, the online outlet announced recently.
This is the second time in the last four seasons that Danny Hall’s program inked a top-10 class, as the 2010 incoming class was ranked seventh nationally by Baseball America.
The University of Florida led Perfect Game’s 2013 recruiting rankings, which were dominated in the top 10 by programs in the Southeast. Of the top 25 recruiting classes, six belonged to the Atlantic Coast Conference, with three of the top 10 from the ACC’s Coastal Division (Miami at No. 2, North Carolina at No. 4 and Georgia Tech at No. 9).
Tech’s 2013 incoming class features 14 student-athletes that are in the process of completing their first semesters on the Flats. This highly-ranked and deep class comes just as the Yellow Jackets lost six key players from a 2013 team that was the runner-up in the Nashville Regional.
Georgia Tech opens the 2014 season at home against Old Dominion, Radford and Virginia Commonwealth in the Georgia Tech Invitational February 14-16.
TECH OFF-SEASON NOTEBOOK
Freshmen Big In Fall Series
Freshman OF Keenan Innis hit .385 (10-for-26) to lead the White Team, which won six of eight games played during Georgia Tech’s fall series. Innis scored a White Team-best seven runs and swiped five bases, while classmates Ryan Peurifoy (.370, 4 SB) and Elliot Barzilli (.333, 1 HR, 4 RBI) were also productive for the White Team. Rookie Connor Justus hit .364 with three doubles for the Gold squad.
Four pitchers — freshman Matt Phillips (4.0 IP), senior Dusty Isaacs (3.0 IP, 5 K, 0 BB), freshman Ben Schniederjans (1.0 IP) and senior Jonathan Roberts (1.0 IP) – combined to throw a no-hitter for the Gold Team during a 9-0 win over the White in the fall. It was a 1-0 game in the seventh before the Gold Team broke it open with six runs in the frame.
Isaacs, Heddinger Dominant
Senior RHP Dusty Isaacs allowed just one unearned run over the 10.2 innings he logged in the fall. The senior righty made four appearances (two starts) and allowed just six hits (all singles) with one walk and 10 strikeouts. Junior Josh Heddinger also finished the fall with a spotless ERA in 11.0 innings. He went 1-0 and yielded three hits, two walks and fanned 12 over four appearances (two starts).
Tech Announces 2014 Incoming Class
The Yellow Jackets inked six highly-ranked prep players from the Peach State during the early signing period in November. The class, which will be freshmen next season, is highlighted by Kel Johnson (Palmetto, Ga.), who is the nation’s 36th-ranked player overall and won a gold medal with Team USA last summer in Taiwan.
Plagman Joins Staff
Former Yellow Jacket All-American Tony Plagman was introduced as the volunteer assistant coach in October. Plagman played first base at Tech from 2007-10 and hit .329 in his career with 219 RBI in 223 games.