March 7, 2016
| GAME 12: #9 GEORGIA TECH AT AUBURN|
Tuesday, March 8 // Samford Stadium-Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park // Auburn, Ala.
First Pitch: 5:30 p.m. // TV: SEC Network // Radio: WREK 91.1 FM
| GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS (11-0)|
Last Game: W, 4-3 vs. Western Carolina (March 6)
2016 Road Record: 1-0
Midweek Record: 2-0
Head Coach: Danny Hall (Miami – Ohio, 1977)
Career Record: 1,142-569-1 (29th year)
Tuesday SP: RHP Cole Pitts (0-0, 6.00 ERA, 9 K, 2 BB)
| AUBURN TIGERS (6-6)|
Last Game: L, 1-3 vs. Southern Miss (March 6)
2016 Home Record: 6-3
Midweek Record: 3-0
Head Coach: Butch Thompson (Birmingham-Southern, 1992)
Career Record: 45-18 (2nd year)
Tuesday SP: LHP Andrew Mitchell (2-0, 2.25 ERA, 11 K, 8 BB)
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LEADING OFF: STORYLINES TO KNOW
- Georgia Tech (11-0) is one of only two undefeated teams remaining in NCAA Division I college baseball (Gardner-Webb, 13-0).
- Tech has won five straight nonconference road games dating back to the 2015 season. The Jackets’ last nonconference road loss? Feb. 24, 2015, at Auburn.
- Georgia Tech leads the nation with 21 double plays turned. Middle infielders Wade Bailey (2B) and Connor Justus (SS) have been a part of 11 of the 21 double plays.
- The Yellow Jackets enter this week ranked in five of the six NCAA Division I college baseball polls.
- The Jackets have scored 34 total runs in the fourth (17) and eighth innings this season (17), while allowing two total runs in those frames. 40% of Tech’s offensive production has come in those innings.
- Tech’s seven-man freshman pitching rotation is 6-0 with 1.26 ERA, allowing only eight earned runs in 57.0 innings. In three starts, freshman RHP Jonathan Hughes is 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA, allowing one earned run in 18.0 innings.
- Junior catcher Arden Pabst has thrown out 41 baserunners in three seasons behind the plate, throwing out runners 43 percent of the time.
- Auburn is the Jackets’ second-most played baseball rivalry. Tuesday will be the 231st meeting between the former SEC rivals.
- Georgia Tech is 17-4 in its last 21 midweek games, dating back to the final seven midweek contests of the 2014 season. Tech has defeated Georgia Southern and Georgia State in midweek games this season.
- Georgia Tech has used 11 different lineups to start the 2016 season. Only 2B Wade Bailey and SS Connor Justus have started every game at the same position.
Auburn leads 119-106-5
Streak: Georgia Tech, 1 win
GT at Auburn: Georgia Tech trails 40-64-2
Last Meeting: March 24, 2015 (W, 4-1)
Danny Hall vs. Auburn: 7-6
GT in Last 5 Meetings: 3-2
GT in Last 10 Meetings: 6-4
A TECH WIN WOULD…
Give the Yellow Jackets’ their first 12-0 start since 2006 (started 16-0).
Extend the Jackets’ win streak to 12 games, their longest since 2011 (won 16 straight March 4-27).
Be the Jackets’ sixth straight nonconference road win.
Be the Jackets’ first win at Auburn since 2005.
Be the Jackets’ 107th win in the series, dating back to 1897.
Be head coach Danny Hall’s 1,143rd career victory and 935th at Georgia Tech.
Improve Tech’s record to 298-100 all-time in the month of March under Danny Hall.
Georgia Tech is 17-4 (.810) in its last 21 midweek games, dating back to the final seven midweek contests of the 2014 season. Tech, which has defeated Georgia Southern and Georgia State in midweek games, was 9-3 in such games in 2015.
Since going 7-7 in midweek games in 2011, the Yellow Jackets are 38-17 (.691) in midweek contests.
Junior LHP Ben Parr (3-0) is tied for the team lead in pitching victories with three in six appearances. Parr has come on in middle relief to keep opposing batters to two earned runs and a .219 batting average.
THE RULE OF 4’S
Through the season’s first 11 games, Georgia Tech’s offensive production, which is averaging 7.8 runs per game, seems to heat up the fourth and eighth innings.
The Jackets have scored 34 of their 84 runs in the fourth and eighth innings (17 in each), while allowing only two total runs in both frames.
Tech has scored 49 total runs in the other seven regulation innings and three more in extra innings.
THEY ARE MERELY FRESHMEN
Georgia Tech’s seven-man freshman pitching rotation continues to impress through the season’s first three weeks. Tech’s freshmen arms have accounted for six of the Jackets’ 11 wins this season.
Tech’s rookie septet of Jonathan Hughes (3-0, 0.50 ERA), Burton Dulaney (1-0, 3.60 ERA), Jake Lee (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 Sv), Keyton Gibson (1-0, 3.38 ERA), Bobby Gauvreau (0-0, 0.00 ERA), Micah Carpenter (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Robert Winborne (0-0, 0.00 ERA) are a combined 6-0 with a 1.26 ERA. The group has allowed only eight earned runs in 57.0 innings.
Junior Matthew Gorst has tripled his career saves output in 2016. Gorst has recorded three of Tech’s four save opportunities. Gorst owns a 1.12 ERA, allowing one earned run and just eight baserunners with 13 strikeouts in 8.0 innings.
Gorst owns nearly a 7:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (13 K, 2 BB) this season. He had a career 1:1 ratio (48 K, 48 BB) in his first two seasons with the Yellow Jackets.
Junior SS Connor Justus ran his way into the Georgia Tech record books during Saturday’s 14-3 win over Western Carolina. Against the Catamounts, Justus managed to rip off a school-record-tying two triples – the Jackets’ first two triples of 2016.
Justus became the 17th Georgia Tech player to record two triples in a game, and the first Tech player since Kyle Wren vs. Kent State in 2012.