Georgia Tech Athletics Weekend Roundup: Women’s Basketball, Baseball, and the transfer portal

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 21: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets mascot "Buzz" reacts following the victory over the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Bobby Dodd Stadium on November 21, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 21: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets mascot "Buzz" reacts following the victory over the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Bobby Dodd Stadium on November 21, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

It was a busy weekend of Georgia Tech athletics and with limited time, we’ve decided to catch you up on major storylines coming out of this past weekend in one post.

Here’s a few quick recaps of those storylines…

Lady Yellow Jackets stage miraculous comeback to down Stephen F. Austin

The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team, the No.5 seed in the NCAA Women’s Tournament’s  Hemisfair region, needed an absolute miraculous comeback on Sunday afternoon to avoid being upset by No.12 seeded Stephen F. Austin.

The Yellow Jackets entered halftime down 34-17 but outscored the Ladyjacks 31-14 in the second half of the game to force overtime. The Jackets would grab the win in overtime, out scoring SFA 6-4, winning 54-52. Lotta-Maj Lahtinen and Lorela Cubaj led the Jackets offensively with 14-points each. Cubaj also recorded 10 rebounds in the game, giving herself a double-double for the game. Kierra Fletcher also had a big impact with 11 points and just narrowly missed a double-double of her own, finishing with nine rebounds.

The Jackets will be back on the court on Tuesday afternoon against the No.4 seed, the Big 12’s West Virginia Mountaineers. The Mountaineers defeated No.13 seed Lehigh 77-53 in the opening round on Sunday.

Georgia Tech baseball bounces back with series win over Wake Forest

The Georgia Tech baseball team took two out of three games of their road series against Wake Forest this past weekend. It was a strong bounce-back series for the Jackets after losing two of three at home in their last series against Pittsburgh. 

The series in Winston-Salem did not get off to a good start, as the Jackets fell 6-2 on Friday evening. The Jackets totaled just five hits in the game while Brant Hurter took the loss after allowing just two earned runs (three total) over five innings of work. He took the loss in the game, moving his record on the season to 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA.

On Saturday, the Jackets bats were once again quiet with just two hits but Danny Hall’s team was still able to grab a 3-2 win over the Demon Deacons. A Tres Gonzalez two-run home run in the second inning and an Austin Wilhite single in the eighth inning that drove in Jake DeLeo to give the Jackets an insurance run  and a 3-1 lead would be all the offense the Jackets would need. Andy Archer pitched six shutout innings in his start, allowing a pair of hits and striking out three. He’s now 3-1 on the season with a 2.36 ERA.

Tech’s bats were finally awake on Sunday as the Yellow Jackets took the rubber match of the three-game series by a final score of 8-1. It was a terrific all-around performance on Sunday as to go along with the 16 hits and eight runs, starter Sam Crawford went six innings allowing just one run while  Josiah Siegel came in as relief, pitching three no-hit shutout innings to get his first save of the season.

The highlight offensively was true freshman Brad Grenkoski 3-for-4 day at the plate in his first career start. The top-150 prospect in the high school class of 2020 hit his first career home run in the seventh inning, a two-run shot that put the Jackets up 7-1. He also had a double earlier in the game, giving him three total RBIs on the afternoon. Justyn Henry-Malloy and Austin Wilhite also both had great days at the plate picking up three and four hits respectively.

The win on a Sunday pushed the Jackets record on the season to 11-6 overall and 8-4 in conference play. The Jackets won’t use the field again until Friday when they take on the Duke Blue Devils in Durham, NC for a three-game series.

Football: DE Curtis Ryans has entered the transfer portal.

Georgia Tech sophomore defensive end Curtis Ryans entered the transfer on Friday. Ryans was a contributor on the defensive line the last two seasons. He appeared to be ready for a breakout season in 2029 following a two-sack and two-forced fumble game against Florida State to open the season. That breakout would not come to fruition but he did end up playing in all but one game during the season, finishing with 12 tackles. He never seemed to be able to replicate the results that he produced during the Florida State game and struggled with consistency throughout the season.

Yellow Jacked Up wishes Curtis the best in all his future endeavors.