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Thursday, May 30, 2013
Thanks to football coach Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech athletic department employees will have their own place to watch the NCAA baseball regional at English Field this weekend.
Beamer donated $5,000 to the athletic department to rent the Hahn gardens picnic area for the exclusive use of Tech athletic department employees during the entire regional, which begins Friday.
That area is down the left-field foul line, outside the fences.
The seating capacity of English Field during the regional will be 4,881 (excluding the Hahn gardens area). That capacity includes about 1,000 temporary seats that Tech has added for the regional.
When the Hokies hosted the New York Yankees in a 2008 exhibition, Tech added about 2,200 extra seats by bringing in temporary bleachers behind the outfield fences and along the right-field line. Tech is adding fewer extra seats this time, opting to add bleachers only along the right-field line.
Plenty of tickets remain for the regional, which will last three or four days. Through Wednesday, Tech had sold 1,500 tickets for the Hokies' game Friday against UConn. Hokie Club members bought 500 seats for Friday's game for Tech students.
UVa will also hold a regional this weekend. UVa has 1,700 tickets still available for purchase for the regional at 4,956-seat Davenport Field.
Georgia Tech leads NCAA golf
MILTON, Ga. - Anders Albertson shot a 3-under 67 on Wednesday to help Georgia Tech top the team leaderboard in the NCAA tournament, and Arizona State freshman Jon Rahm followed his opening 61 with a 72 to remain in front with one round left in the individual competition.
Georgia Tech had its second straight 6-under 274 to reach 12 under on the Capital City Club's Crabapple Course. California was a stroke back, and defending champion Texas followed at 10 under. The top eight schools after the third round Thursday will advance to team match play.
Rahm had a 7-under 133 total for a one-stroke lead over Arkansas' Nicolas Echavarria and UCF's Greg Eason. Echavarria had a 64, and Eason shot 66.
Alabama was fourth in the team standings at 9 under, followed by Arkansas and Illinois at 3 under, first-round leader Arizona State at 2 under and Texas A&M at even par.
Ollie Schniederjans added a 68 for Georgia Tech, Seth Reeves shot 69, and Shun Yat Hak had a 70. Bo Andrews shot a 72 that didn't count in the team total.
Virginia's Denny McCarthy shot a 67 and moved up 36 places on the leaderboard. His two-day total of 1-under 139 is six shots off of the lead.
Auburn's Jake Mondy, a Blacksburg graduate, shot his second consecutive 3-over-par 73 and is tied for 113th at 6 over par.
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