Above: Brandon Gold and Matthew Gorst have been named All-ACC

Jewish Jackets Named All-ACC

Georgia Tech junior pitchers Brandon Gold and Matthew Gorst have been named to the All-ACC baseball second team.

The Jewish former high school teammates have formed an impressive 1-2 punch for the Jackets this season as a starter-closer combo. Gold was 7-3 as Tech’s Friday night starter with a 2.55 ERA and a team-high 71 strikeouts. Coming out of the bullpen, Gorst was 1-1 with 11 saves and an ERA of 0.49.

Georgia Tech (35-20) dropped out of the Top 25 with two losses to Boston College to close the regular season. In the opening round of the ACC Tournament on May 24, the Yellow Jackets shut out the Eagles 6-0 advancing to pool play behind 6.2 scoreless innings from Brandon Gold (8-3) and 2.1 scoreless innings from Gorst who earned his 12 save of the season.

“Brandon pitched outstanding,” Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall said after the game. “Matthew Gorst came in and threw really well, and we were able to just scratch some runs here and there.”

Georgia Tech faces the University of Miami in the first round of the ACC tournament Wednesday, May 25 at 3:00 PM.

Blatt Visits Davis

David Blatt meets with Davis Academy middle-schoolers May 19.

David Blatt meets with Davis Academy middle-schoolers May 19.

While the Cleveland Cavaliers were struggling in the NBA Eastern Conference finals after sweeping the Atlanta Hawks out of the playoffs in the second round, their former head coach was visiting the Davis Academy on Thursday, May 19.

Israeli-American David Blatt, who was fired at midseason after coaching LeBron James and teammates to the NBA Finals last year in his first season, spoke to Davis sixth- and seventh-graders in Sandy Springs. He talked about life in Israel, which the eighth-graders were visiting at the time, and said he was impressed with the educational opportunities of a Jewish day school.

He encouraged the students to understand what it means to be a mensch and emphasized the importance of character and integrity.

The day after his appearance at the Davis Academy, Blatt said he considered the Cavaliers the favorites to win the NBA championship; Cleveland then lost two in a row in Toronto, evening the series with the Raptors at 2-2.