Tuesday Tech Review: Farmer getting called up to majors

Former Georgia Tech pitcher Buck Farmer will take the mound for Detroit Thursday against Anaheim. (GETTY IMAGES)

Former Georgia Tech pitcher Buck Farmer will take the mound for Detroit Thursday against Anaheim. (GETTY IMAGES)

Former Georgia Tech pitcher Buck Farmer will be brought up by the Detroit Tigers to make a start Thursday night at Anaheim. Farmer, who made two starts and four appearances last season for Detroit after being called up from the Tigers’ Double-A club, will be filling in for an injured member of the Tigers rotation.

Farmer is 5-1 this season at Triple-A Toledo with a 2.98 ERA in nine starts. His opponent batting average is .215 and he has given up one home run in 51 1/3 innings. He leads the International League with 50 strikeouts (against 19 walks) and his 1.17 WHIP is 10th.

“Probably from an ideal perspective, you continue to let him develop,” Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told the Detroit Free Press. “But his fastball’s a mid-90’s fastball with an above average change-up and a developing slider. He’s been here before, he’s got some experience. We look for him to come out here and pitch well for us.”

The game, which starts at 10 p.m. EDT, will be carried on Fox Sports Detroit and DirecTV’s Extra Innings package.

Tennis at NCAA championships

Tech men’s tennis player Chris Eubanks reached the second round of the NCAA singles championship last week in Waco, Texas. Eubanks, a freshman, took out Georgia’s Nathan Pasha 7-5, 6-3, in the round of 64 on Wednesday before falling 6-2, 6-0, to USC’s Yannick Hanfmann, who was ranked No. 15 nationally, on Thursday.

Eubanks finished the season with a 25-21 record and was selected to the All-ACC team. He beat five players ranked in the top 40 at the time of the matches.

Representing the women’s team, freshman Paige Hourigan lost 6-1, 6-1 Wednesday in the opening round of the NCAA singles championship, to No. 2 seed Carol Zhao. Hourigan was playing her first match in more than three weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain in the championship match of the ACC tournament. Zhao went on to reach the finals of the championship.

The following day, Hourigan and Kendal Woodard dropped a three-set match in the first round of the doubles championship to Cal’s team of Zsofi Susanyi and Klara Fabrikova, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3. Susanyi and Fabrikova reached the finals of the doubles tournament.

APR honors

The golf and men’s swimming teams were honored last week by the NCAA for having Academic Progress Rate scores in the top 10 percent of their sports.

Coach Bruce Heppler’s team has been recognized every year since the inception of APR in 2006 and has retained a perfect score through the first nine reports. Courtney Shealy Hart’s team has been recognized for the second year in a row.

They were the school’s 26th and 27th public APR awards.  The football team, which had been recognized the past two years, was not able to maintain its place.

Cox cut by Colts

Former Georgia Tech center Demarco Cox, who was signed by the Indianapolis Colts in March as an undrafted free agent, was waived by the team last Thursday.

The Colts have a record of signing former basketball players and converting them into football players and hoped to turn Cox into an offensive tackle. At 6-foot-8 and 294 pounds, Cox had the frame but evidently was lacking in other areas in trying to make the rather difficult transition to professional football after not playing it – and then only for one season – since high school.

He began working out with the team in April. Professional basketball remains an option for Cox.

Track at NCAA prelims

Eleven members of the Tech track team will compete at the NCAA East Preliminaries beginning Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla.

The top 12 finishers in each event will advance to the NCAA outdoor championships June 10-13 in Eugene, Ore.

For the women, Katie Townsend, Melissa Fairey and Kelly Meyer qualified in the 10,000 meters. Bailey Weiland will compete in the high jump and Samantha Becker in the pole vault.

The men have two entrants in the 800, Brandon Lasater and Zack Fanelty. They’ll be joined by Jeremy Greenwald (1,500), Spencer Allen (110 hurdles), Nathan Daniel (pole vault) and Myles McDavid (long jump).

Falconi at French Open

Former Tech women’s tennis player Irina Falconi will play her first-round match of the French Open Tuesday. Falconi, ranked No. 85 in the world, will play Manon Arcangioli of France in the fourth match on court 3. Arcangioli is ranked No. 276.

This is Falconi’s fourth French Open. Her best result was an appearance in the third round in 2013. Live updates here.

Lacrosse club reaches nationals

After an undefeated regular season, the Tech lacrosse club reached the quarterfinals of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association national championship.

The Jackets made the 16-team tournament field and defeated Westminster in the first round before falling to defending national champion Colorado in the quarters. Tech finished 17-2 after a 14-0 regular season.

Defenseman Will Byars and goalie Matthew Sommerfeldt were both named second-team All-Americans, while defenseman David Cyron and midfielder Holland Frost earned honorable mention All-America status. Frost was a walk-on quarterback for one season.


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