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April 18, 2011

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THIS WEEK IN GEORGIA TECH ATHLETICS
April 18-24, 2011

(Home Events in Bold)

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THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Tuesday, April 19

Baseball at Mercer, 6 p.m.

Georgia Tech Caravan at The Farm Golf Club, Dalton, Ga., 6 p.m. – RSVP Here

Wednesday, April 20

No events scheduled

Thursday, April 21

Men’s Tennis vs. Boston College (ACC Championship, Cary, N.C.), 9 a.m.

Women’s Tennis vs. Maryland (ACC Championship, Cary, N.C.), 12 noon

M&W Track and Field at ACC Championship, Durham, N.C.

Friday, April 22

Baseball vs. Boston College, 7 p.m.

Golf at ACC Championship, New London, N.C., 8 a.m.

Softball at Virginia (DH), 5 p.m.

M&W Tennis at ACC Championship, Cary, N.C.

M&W Track and Field at ACC Championship, Durham, N.C.

Saturday, April 23

Football – T-Day Game (Bobby Dodd Stadium), 12 noon – Info Here

Baseball vs. Boston College, 3 p.m.

Golf at ACC Championship, New London, N.C., 8 a.m.

Softball at Virginia, 12 noon

M&W Tennis at ACC Championship, Cary, N.C.

M&W Track and Field at ACC Championship, Durham, N.C.

Sunday, April 24

Baseball vs. Boston College, 1 p.m.

Golf at ACC Championship, New London, N.C., 8 a.m.

M&W Tennis at ACC Championship, Cary, N.C.

STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

April 11-17, 2011

Paul Haley, Golf, Senior, Dallas, Texas

Haley shot a 4-under-par 68 Sunday, rallying past two teammates to win medalist honors and lifting 4th-ranked Georgia Tech to a 17-stroke victory in the Yellow Jacket Classic at the Golf Club of Georgia. The senior from Dallas, Texas, pitched in for eagle on his first hole, added three birdies and had no bogeys. His 36-hole total of 5-under 139 was one shot better than teammate Kyle Scott. It was Haley’s first career victory, fourth top-10 finish this year and seventh of his career.

Mark Pope, Baseball, Junior, Marietta, Ga.

Pope held Wake Forest to just one hit over nine innings, tossing his fourth complete game of the season in a 5-1 win over the Demon Deacons on Friday night. He retired 16 of the final 18 batters of the game, including a stretch of 14 straight at one point. The Marietta, Ga. native retired the side in six of the nine innings. It was the first one-hitter tossed by a Georgia Tech pitcher in a nine-inning game since the 1997 season. It was also the fewest hit total Wake Forest had been held to all season. Pope added eight strikeouts en route to his eighth win of the year.

Caroline Lilley, Tennis, Junior, Portland, Ore.

Lilley went 4-0 on the weekend, including three wins over ranked opponents in the final weekend of the women’s tennis regular season. In Saturday’s 7-0 sweep of No. 52 Virginia Tech, Lilley teamed with Jillian O’Neill to beat the Hokies’ 45th-ranked doubles pair of Yasmin Hamza and Holly Johnson 8-4. The match began as a back-and-forth affair, before the Tech team won two straight points to go up 5-3 before cruising to the win. In her singles match against Virginia Tech, Lilley downed Martha Blakely 6-3, 6-0 from the number two spot of the lineup. In Sunday’s match against Virginia, Lilley and O’Neill won a battle at number one doubles, 9-7, over UVA’s 56th-ranked pair of Lindsey Hardenbergh and Erin Vierra. Lilley notched her third ranked win of the weekend by downing the Cavaliers’ 52nd ranked Emily Fraser, 6-4, 7-6(7-5), at No. 2 singles.

SPORTS PREVIEWS

April 18-24, 2011

FOOTBALL

Georgia Tech’s football team conducts its final week of spring practice, culminating with the annual T-Day Game on Saturday at 12 noon at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Practices during the week are closed to the public and the media, but the T-Day game is open and free of charge.

GT Football website: http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/geot-m-footbl-body.html

BASEBALL (23-6, 13-4 ACC, national ranking #9)

The ninth-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team (27-10, 14-4 ACC) will travel down I-75 for a midweek game at Mercer on Tuesday at 6 p.m., before returning home to host Boston College in a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series over the weekend at Russ Chandler Stadium. First pitch is 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

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

SOFTBALL (37-8, 11-1 ACC, national rank #23/22)

The Yellow Jackets won their ACC record 21st straight conference series by sweeping then-second place North Carolina over the weekend at Mewborn Field and now hold a three-game lead in the loss column over Maryland in the latest standings. This week, Tech heads back to Virginia for the second time in three weeks for a three-game series at UVA. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 5 p.m. before closing out the series Saturday at Noon. Live audio and stats will be available at RamblinWreck.com. Follow Georgia Tech softball on Twitter at GaTechSoftball.

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

MEN’S TENNIS (17-4, 8-3 ACC, ITA ranking #15)

After splitting weekend matches at Virginia Tech and Virginia, Georgia Tech has the 5th seed in this weekend’s Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in Cary, N.C., and will face Boston College at 9 a.m. in the opening round. The Yellow Jackets blanked the Eagles, 7-0, in Chestnut Hill on April 1. The winner of that match will face 4th-seed Miami at 9 a.m. Friday in the quarterfinals. Semifinal matches are set for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, and the championship match at 11 a.m. Sunday. The top four seeds, in order, are Virginia, North Carolina, Duke and Miami. Live scoring will be available through RamblinWreck.com.

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 (12-9, 5-6 ACC, ITA ranking #13)

For the second consecutive year the 13th-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team will enter the ACC Tournament as the No. 7 seed and coming off a final weekend split with the Virginia schools. Head coach Bryan Shelton hopes this year’s squad will be able to capture similar magic as last year’s team that went on to win the ACC Tournament. The Yellow Jackets will begin play from the Cary Tennis Park against 30th-ranked Maryland at noon Thursday. The Terrapins (13-8, 3-8 ACC) defeated Georgia Tech 4-3 on April 1 in Atlanta. The winner will face second-seeded North Carolina at noon Friday. Live scoring will be available through RamblinWreck.com.

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

GOLF (Golfweek/Sagarin rank #4)

Tech will attempt to win its fifth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Championship beginning Friday at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point in New London, N.C. The Yellow Jackets have won the last two titles outright, including a 13-shot victory over Virginia last year, and shared the 2006 and 2007 championships. Four of the five players who helped Tech win last year are in the starting lineup for the Jackets, who are coming off a 17-shot victory in last weekend’s Yellow Jacket Classic at the Golf Club of Georgia.

All of Tech’s players are ranked among the nation’s top 150 golfers, led by James White (8), John-Tyler Griffin (13) and Kyle Scott (24).

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

TRACK AND FIELD

The Georgia Tech men’s and women’s track and field teams will return to the track after a week off for the ACC Championships from Thursday, April 21 to Saturday, April 23 at Wallace Wade Stadium on the campus of Duke University. The meet will kick off with the multi-events on Thursday morning at 10 AM and will conclude Saturday afternoon with the 4×400 meter relay at 7:50 p.m.

Senior Joanna Wright heads into the ACC Championship ranked fifth in the nation and first in the ACC in the pole vault with her career best and school record jump of 4.31 meters (14-1.75) recorded at the Seminole Invitational on April 8. Also excelling on the year is senior Leslie Njoku who ranks 21st in the nation in the 400 meter hurdles with a season best time of 58.39 and freshman jumper Julienne McKee who is in the top-50 in the country in both the long (49th, 6.05 meters) and triple jumps (32nd, 12.62 meters). On the men’s side, Shawn Roberts ranks in the top-100 in the 1,500 meter run and 13th in the ACC, setting a career best time of 3:47.19 earlier in the season at the Auburn Tiger Classic.

GT Men’s Track and Field website: http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/m-track/geot-m-track-body.html

GT Women’s Track and Field website: http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/w-track/geot-w-track-body.html

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