THE FLATS – Highlighted by nine weekend series and six home midweek matchups at Russ Chandler Stadium, Georgia Tech head baseball coach Danny Hall announced its 55-game slate for the 2019 season on Thursday.
“Our 2019 schedule will be one of our most challenging schedules ever,” Hall said. “Thirty-three home games with non-conference series against UCLA, Northwestern, Western Carolina, and midweek series with Georgia, Auburn, Mercer, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and Kennesaw State. I have always believed that to be the best you have to play the best and win. Buckle your seatbelt in the Ramblin’ Wreck, here it comes. Embrace the target!”
The preseason 17th-ranked Yellow Jackets return seven starters from last season and boast one of the strongest pitching staffs in the nation heading into the 2019 campaign.
Chase Murray, Oscar Serratos and Kyle McCann help return 70 percent of Tech’s run production in an offense that led the ACC regular season in both hitting percentage and hits. Xzavion Curry, Connor Thomas and Tristin English are just three of the highly talented arms on a staff that only bolstered its depth after leading the ACC in walks/9.0 innings and strikeout-to-walk ratio last year.
2019 Schedule Highlights:
- Three home series against 2018 NCAA Regional teams, beginning with Corvallis Regional finalist UCLA (Feb. 22-24), who finished last season ranked No. 23 nationally.
- Features 20 games against seven 2018 NCAA Regional teams overall, including Super Regional participants Duke and Auburn, and Regional finalists Georgia, Louisville and Clemson.
- Hosts five Atlantic Coast Conference series, including North Carolina (April 5-7), who advanced to the College World Series and finished No. 5 in the country, and 2018 NCAA Regional participant and top-20 Clemson (April 26-28).
- Clean Old-Fashion Hate: The Yellow Jackets host Georgia twice in 2019 (at Russ Chandler Stadium on March 26 and at SunTrust Park, the home of the Atlanta Braves, for the Spring Classic on April 23), as well as battle in Athens on April 9.
- Home-and-home weekday series against SEC foe Auburn, who ranked 13th overall to close 2018 – at Plainsman Park on April 2 and at Russ Chandler Stadium on April 16.
- Will also welcome 2018 Big 12 semifinalist West Virginia (Feb. 17) and 2018 ACC semifinalist Pitt (May 16-18).
- Competes in home-and-home weekday series against in-state foes Georgia Southern (Feb. 19, March 12), Georgia State (Feb. 26-27), Kennesaw State (March 5-6) and Mercer (March 19, May 14).
- Faces nine teams ranked in the top-50 in RPI last season, including five in the top 15.
- Plays five teams overall who finished ranked in the top 25 nationally in the D1Baseball
- Hosts five teams with 30 or more wins and two teams with more than 40 wins.
For the third-consecutive year, all Georgia Tech home baseball games at Russ Chandler Stadium will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra, bringing in a nationwide audience to 33 games during the 2019 regular season. Fans will also be able to catch Georgia Tech baseball games on WREK 91.1 FM throughout the year.
Baseball season ticket renewals and new sales have begun with the deadline for renewals on Friday, Jan. 18. Yellow Jackets’ baseball season tickets are available for as low as $125 per ticket, which is a savings of nearly 50 percent compared to single-game pricing. Fans can CLICK HERE to purchase new season tickets while previous season-ticket holders can renew at ramblinwreck.com/myaccount.