March 6, 2017
THE FLATS — No. 19 Yellow Jackets hit the road for the first of four straight road contests on Tuesday, when Georgia Tech faces off with Kennesaw State in non-conference midweek action at 5 p.m. ET.
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE
• The game will be video steamed live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App.
• Live stats can be found at ksuowls.com. A link to live stats can also be found on the baseball schedule page at RamblinWreck.com or at the top of this page.
• Wiley Ballard will also call the action live over the radio air waves on WREK 91.1 FM.
• Sophomore catcher Joey Bart was named the National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and the ACC Player of the Week on Monday, March 6, for his play last week.
• Georgia Tech is 2-0 versus schools in the state of Georgia thus far this season with a 10-3 win on the road at Georgia Southern on Feb. 21 in Statesboro, Ga and a 12-5 home win over Georgia State on Feb. 28.
• Over the first three innings this season, the Jackets have outscored their opponents 59-20 overall on the year. In fact, the Jackets have totaled double digit runs (10 or more) in each of the first three innings on the year – (26-1st, 19-2nd, 14-3rd).
• The Jackets rank fourth in that nation in home runs by a team this season with 22. Joey Bart is second in the nation with seven home runs, while Kel Johnson ranks fourth nationally with his six home runs.
• Georgia Tech cleanup hitter Kel Johnson totaled a team-high five RBIs in the Jackets’ 12-5 win over the Georgia State Panthers on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The five RBI performance is a career-high, which he has done a total of three times overall. Johnson also ranks fifth in the nation with 20 RBIs on the season.
• Tech’s offense has been the key this season, as the Yellow Jackets are a perfect 6-0 on the season when recording more hits than their opponent. GT is also 6-1 when the Jackets score in the first inning.
• Georgia Tech has a total of seven starters hitting over .300 on the season in Wade Bailey (.458), Austin Wilhite (.457), Joey Bart (.457), Chase Murray (.350), Kel Johnson (.348), Trevor Craport (.333) and Kyle McCann (.316).
• Junior lead-off hitter Wade Bailey is tied for the national lead in doubles with eight on the season. He also leads the nation in runs scored with 24 on the season.
• The Jackets have scored a total of 105 runs thus far this season over the first 11 games. That is an average of 9.5 runs per outing for the Tech offense.
• Tech ranks 10th in the nation overall as a team with a batting average of .339 on the season. The Jackets also sit in 10th overall in scoring with an average of 9.5 runs per game this season.
FAMILIAR FOES IN THE KSU OWLS
• Georgia Tech takes on Kennesaw State in what was supposed to be the second game of the two-game home and home series with the Owls. Last year, the Yellow Jackets swept the Owls in a pair of home and home non-conference contests.
JACKETS BUZZ PAST THE OWLS
• The Yellow Jackets are 19-6 all-time versus their neighbors to the north in Kennesaw State. Tech has won two straight over the Owls, both of which came last season, and have won seven of the last 10 meetings between the two teams on the diamond.
VERSUS THE STATE OF GEORGIA THIS SEASON
• Georgia Tech is 2-0 thus far this season versus teams from the state of Georgia. The Yellow Jackets defeated Georgia Southern 10-3 in Statesboro, Ga. on Feb. 21 and pounced Georgia State 12-5 at home on Feb. 28.
• The Jackets will play a total of 11 games against their fellow Peach State affiliates with three games versus Georgia and two games apiece against Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kennesaw State and Mercer.
• Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State’s first meeting of the 2017 season set back on Mar. 1 at Russ Chandler Stadium was canceled due to the inclement weather that came through the Atlanta area.
• Tuesday’s forecast doesn’t look promising, as the weather reports are calling for a high of 67 degrees and 80 percent chance of participation.
• Georgia Tech will open up ACC play with a three-game road series at Miami (Fla.) this weekend, March 10-12.