Tech Opens Six-Game Homestand With Georgia Southern Tuesday

March 26, 2007

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech (14-11, 5-4 ACC) will host Georgia Southern (16-12, 0-3 SoCon) in a two-game series beginning Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the first of six-straight home games for the Yellow Jackets over the next eight days. The Jackets and Eagles will conclude the series Wednesday afternoon in a 3 p.m. game that is scheduled to be televised on SportsSouth.

GAME COVERAGE: Wednesday’s game can be seen on SportsSouth with Wes Durham and Randy Carroll calling the action. Radio broadcasts will be available both Tuesday (AM 790 The Zone) and Wednesday (WREK-FM 91.1/www.wrek.org). Livestats available at www.ramblinwreck.com.

Georgia Tech is coming off a solid 3-1 week in which they took two games off Duke over the weekend and defeated Georgia State, 3-0, Wednesday evening.

In the last seven games, the Tech pitching staff has held its opponent to an average of 2.43 runs per game while tossing a pair of complete-game shutouts during the span.

Pitching Matchup (GT vs. GSU)Tuesday:  RHP Eddie Burns (1-1, 2.53) vs. LHP Josh Lairsey (0-0, 9.49)Wednesday:  TBA vs. LHP Aaron Eubanks (1-1, 3.60)

The Yellow Jacket offense is led by outfielders Danny Payne (.398-2-15-9) and Wally Crancer (.375-4-19), SS Michael Fisher (.330-2-20-4) and catcher Matt Wieters (.313-5-26). Georgia Tech, as a team, is hitting .281 on the year.

Georgia Tech leads Georgia Southern, 75-25

Georgia Tech leads Georgia Southern, 75-25, in a series that dates to 1947. The Yellow Jackets and Eagles have played every year since 1984, playing at least four games annually since 1986.

Georgia Southern swept the Yellow Jackets in a two-game series in Statesboro in Georgia Tech’s first two games of the season. Despite those losses, the Jackets have still won 30 of the last 35 games between the two programs.

Tech is 41-13 against the Eagles at Russ Chandler Stadium and has won 14 of the last 17 games played in Atlanta.

The Yellow Jackets are 42-13 (.764) against Georgia Southern under head coach Danny Hall, with the Tech skipper owning a 21-7 record against the Eagles in Atlanta.

Despite scoring just 10 runs in the two games against the Eagles to begin the season, the Yellow Jacket offense has been potent vs. Georgia Southern of late, scoring in double figures in seven of the last 14 games. Since 2003, Tech has outscored Georgia Southern 141-98, averaging 10.1 runs per game to the Eagles’ seven runs per game.

Tech Versus the State of Georgia

Georgia Tech went 9-3 against teams from the state of Georgia in 2006, but this season the Jackets have struggled against instate foes, going 2-4 vs. the state with their only wins coming against Kennesaw State in the first home game of 2007 and vs. Georgia State on Wednesday. The Jackets still have a pair of contests vs. Georgia Southern, and three games against Georgia remaining on the schedule for 2007.

Since 1999, the Yellow Jackets own a 73-24 (.753) mark against in-state foes. In 13 years under head coach Danny Hall, Tech is 116-41 (.739) against teams from Georgia.

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