No. 1 Georgia Tech Baseball Hosts Maryland in ACC Series

March 31, 2005

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ATLANTA–Georgia Tech (21-5, 11-1 ACC) hosts Maryland (13-14, 3-9) for a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series this weekend at Russ Chandler Stadium. Gametimes are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The Yellow Jackets moved to No. 1 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA this week after winning two of three at No. 6 Miami last weekend. Tech is off to a fast start in conference play with sweeps of Duke, Wake Forest and NC State, and the Yellow Jackets are in first place in the league standings. Tech had an ACC-record 25 straight regular season conference win streak snapped last Friday at Miami, but the Yellow Jackets have won 27 of their last 28 ACC games and have won 11 consecutive ACC weekend series.

Yellow Jacket head coach Danny Hall won his 505th (505-216) game at Georgia Tech last Sunday in Miami, eclipsing the previous school record of 504 wins held by current Miami head coach Jim Morris (504-244-1 record at Georgia Tech from 1982-1993).

For the year, Tech leads the ACC with a .350 team batting average, a .455 on base percentage and an average of 11.0 runs per game. The Yellow Jackets have scored at least nine runs in 21 of 26 games, reaching double figure scoring in 16 games.

Third baseban Wes Hodges (.434AVG/.516OBP/.726SLG, 7HR, 25RBI) has paced the Tech offense, leading the club in batting, slugging, and hits. Junior right fielder Jeremy Slayden (.390/.484/.705, 9, 39) has seven home runs and 28 RBI in the last 15 games.

The rest of the Tech lineup features catchers Andy Hawranick (.317/.397/.508, 3, 14) and Matt Wieters (.417/.533/.643, 4, 26), first baseman Whit Robbins (.244/.422/.384, 1, 18), second basemen Mike Trapani (.300/.437/.357, 1, 8) and Michael Fisher (.333/.400/.583, 2, 13), shortstop Tyler Greene (.349/.432/.578, 5, 31), left fielder Steven Blackwood (.374/.456/.604, 4, 42), center fielder Danny Payne (.354/.486/.496, 3, 22), and DH Jeff Kindel (.354/.458/.608, 3, 20).

WEEKEND PITCHING MATCHUPS (Georgia Tech vs. Miami):Friday: RHP Jason Neighborgall (5-1, 4.33) vs. RHP Chris Clem (1-3, 4.91)Saturday: LHP Lee Hyde (3-0, 6.06) vs. RHP Ben Pfinsgraff (3-1, 2.95)Sunday: RHP Blake Wood (4-0, 3.93) vs. RHP Ryan Moorer (0-4, 10.80)

GAME COVERAGE: Live statistics on the internet at www.ramblinwreck.com. Radio coverage available on WREK (91.1 FM) in Atlanta and on the internet at www.wrek.org. on Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s radio coverage on 790 The Zone (790 AM in Atlanta) and on the internet at www.790thezone.com.

Series Notes vs. Maryland

Georgia Tech leads the all-time series with Maryland, 56-18; the series dates to 1921. The Yellow Jackets have eight straight and 19 of the last 20 meetings between the two schools.

Tech is 32-5 against Maryland in games played in Atlanta. The Yellow Jackets have won 15 straight over the Terrapins in Atlanta, sweeping each of the last five weekend series at Russ Chandler Stadium. Tech is 15-0 against Maryland in Atlanta under head coach Danny Hall.

Last year, Georgia Tech swept a three-game series that was played at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md. The Yellow Jackets won by scores of 10-2, 15-1 and 18-6. Tech won a fourth meeting, 4-3, in the first round of the ACC Tournament in Salem, Va.

Tech is 31-3 against Maryland under head coach Danny Hall.

TECH SETS ACC RECORD WITH 25 STRAIGHT CONFERENCE WINS

The Yellow Jackets won 16 straight ACC games to finish the 2004 season, a new school record, after starting the year 2-5 in conference play. Tech opened the 2005 season with nine straight league wins to extend its win streak in conference play to an ACC-record 25 games.

The 25-game streak is the longest regular season ACC win streak in conference history.

The streak was snapped on Mar. 25 at Miami. Nevertheless, Tech has won 27 of its last 28 ACC games.

HALL SETS TECH RECORD FOR WINS

Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall won his 505th game in his career at Georgia Tech on Mar. 27 at Miami to break the school’s record for career victories. Hall, who has a 505-216 (.700) record in 12 years at Tech, passed current Miami head coach Jim Morris (504-244-1 from 1982-93).

Hall reached 700 wins for his career in Tech’s 9-1 win over Georgia Southern on Mar. 1. Now in his 18th season as a head coach at Georgia Tech and Kent State, Hall owns a career record of 709-333 (.681).

Georgia Tech Coaching LeadersCoach            Years     Record      Pct.1. Danny Hall    1994-05   505-216-0  .7002. Jim Morris    1982-93   504-244-1  .6743. Jim Luck      1962-81   320-280-5  .5334. Joe Pittard   1946-61   147-99-5   .6075. John Heisman  1904-17   163-97-5   .627

STREAKING IN THE ACC

Georgia Tech has enjoyed unprecedented success within the Atlantic Coast Conference over the last two seasons, winning the ACC regular season title in 2004 with an 18-5 league record, and racing out to first place in the ACC standings in 2005 with a 11-1 mark.

Tech had a conference-record 25-game ACC win streak snapped on Mar. 25 at Miami, but the Yellow Jackets have won 27 of their last 28 ACC games.

The Yellow Jackets have won 11 straight ACC series overall, and have won 14 straight ACC home games. Tech has won seven straight ACC series on the road and is 18-2 in its last 20 ACC road games.

Georgia Tech has streaked out to a 9-0 record in ACC play to start the 2005 season, sweeping series against Duke, Wake Forest and NC State. Tech’s 9-0 record is the second best conference start since joining the ACC in 1980.

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