GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS (11-6, 1-2 ACC) vs. VIRGINIA CAVALIERS (8-8, 1-2 ACC)
Friday-Sunday, March 15-17 • Atlanta, Ga. (Russ Chandler Stadium – 4,157)
• Georgia Tech baseball continues its four-game homestand when it hosts its ACC home opener against Virginia on March 15-17 at Russ Chandler Stadium.
• The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 5-2 week in which they dropped their conference-opening tilt at Miami before willing a nail-biter against Georgia Southern on Tuesday.
• Tech won a thrilling extra-inning Friday night game with a combined three home runs by Tristin English and Kyle McCann, before losing a heartbreaker in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday and Sunday’s rubber match.
• Now, Tech will head into its home ACC opener, welcoming in UVA, who’s 8-8 on the year and 1-2 in the league.
• UVA is coming off a tough road loss to Liberty in the midweek after losing two of three to Duke.
• Despite owning a 74-57-2 all-time advantage, the Jackets have struggled of late with the Cavaliers, dropping seven of their last 10 against them.
• Continuing to lead the hitters is Kyle McCann, who followed up an ACC Player of the Week and National Player of the Week performance with another National award-winning week, hitting .389 for seven hits, two doubles and four home runs, while taking six free bases on balls.
• Also coming alive at the plate last week was Tristin English, who batted .400 for eight hits, two doubles and three home runs.
• DH Michael Guldberg continues to be atop the team leaderboard, batting a blistering .469 with a .509 on-base percentage.
• He had the go-ahead double for two runs in the seventh to propel Tech to the win over Georgia Southern Tuesday.
• Guldberg was one of the final two players in the country to not strikeout before striking out once against Miami. He’s still tied for the lead nationally with one through 49 at-bats.
• Left fielder Chase Murray also caught fire last week, finishing with six hits, six runs and a double. Due to an injury, Murray has missed the last two games and is listed as day-to-day.
• Junior RHP Amos Willingham showed off Tech’s bullpen depth in the midweek, starting Tuesday vs. Ga. Southern. He allowed just two runs in five innings, needing only 57 pitches. He currently sports a 3.92 ERA and a 2-0 record.
• First baseman and RHP Tristin English will look to carry forward his momentum from being a Cape Cod All-Star last summer. The redshirt-junior is a two-time 2019 preseason all-American entering this weekend, as he’s expected to be one of the country’s top two-way players.
• Preseason expectations have been at an all-time high as the Yellow Jackets have built themselves into one of the oldest teams in the country, returning seven of nine starters and losing zero starting pitchers from a season ago.
• However, the Jackets will have to contend with the loss of Joey Bart and Wade Bailey to the MLB Draft, but Kyle McCann and Luke Waddell have looked primed and ready to take over at catcher and second base, respectively.
• Waddell missed four-straight games with a knee injury but returned for the Northwestern series. He is currently batting .235 overall with 12 hits, four doubles and a home run.