March 16, 2017
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball (11-4, 1-2 ACC) welcomes No. 9 North Carolina (13-4, 2-1 ACC) to The Flats this weekend for a three-game ACC Coastal Division showdown at Russ Chandler Stadium on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 17-19.
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE
• All three conference games will be video streamed live on ACC Network Extra and the WatchESPN App.
• Live stats can be found at RamblinWreck.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.
THINGS FANS NEED TO KNOW
• Friday – Calling all Tech students – Free St. Patty’s Day and GT Baseball T-Shirts for the first 100 students at the park on Friday, Mar. 17.
• Saturday – It’s Youth Baseball Day! Kids can get into the game for just $3 when they wear their uniform to the game.
• Sunday – Sunday is Camper’s Day! All GT Baseball campers get in free!
• Sunday – Due to the Georgia Publix Marathon on Sunday morning, a number of roads will be closed due in Midtown as you come to Russ Chandler Stadium. Here is a map of the course for the marathon and the roads that will be closed on Sunday morning (MAP).
Parking Advisory: Please access campus via 10th Street. North Avenue, Techwood and Spring Street will all be closed until 2 p.m. due to the Publix Marathon.
Parking lots available: Klaus Deck (KD) or W23 State Street Deck game day parking is available online or on-site: https://gatech.clickandpark.com/event
• Outside food and beverages are not permitted inside Russ Chandler Stadium. Also the season ticketholder clear bags are not permitted during baseball season at Russ Chandler Stadium. All bags will be searched upon entry into the stadium. NO bags larger than 14 by 10 by 5 inches will be permitted.
• Georgia Tech is hosting its first ACC weekend series of the season this weekend, as the nationally ranked North Carolina Tar Heels come to town on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 17-19.
• In the two teams’ midweek contest on Tuesday, Mar. 14, both Georgia Tech and North Carolina combined to allow just three total hits in their victories. Tech surrendered just two hits to No. 12 Oklahoma in a 2-0 win, while No. 9 North Carolina gave up just one hit in a 9-2 win versus Maryland.
• The top two hitters in the Tech lineup in Wade Bailey and Trevor Craport have both reached base safely in every game for the Jackets this season. That is 15 straight games and counting for the juniors.
• Tech’s offense ranks in the top-25 nationally in five different categories – second in slugging percentage (.551), fifth in home runs (27), 14th in scoring (8.6 runs per game), 16th in batting average (.323) and 18th in doubles (40).
• The Yellow Jackets took two of three last season in Chapel Hill over the Tar Heels and have won six of the last seven series between the two teams.
• Georgia Tech is known for its offensive fire power, as the Jackets are 7-1 this season when out hitting their opponents for the contest. On the flip side, the Jackets are just 4-3 when recording the same number of hits or being out hit by their foes.
• Two outs is no problem for the Jackets at the plate, as Tech is hitting .335 (21-of-34) with two outs in the inning on the season. The Yellow Jackets have totaled 50 two-out RBIs on the year as a team.
• It will be Tech’s bats versus UNC’s arms this weekend. The Jackets rank third in the ACC in both batting average (.323) and home runs (27), while the Tar Heels rank second in the conference in earned run average (2.12) and third in hits allowed per nine innings (7.24).
• On the season, the Yellow Jackets are 10-1 when scoring first in the contest. The lone loss came last time out on Sunday, March 12, at Miami.
HISTORY WITH THE TAR HEELS
• The Yellow Jackets are 75-60 all-time versus the North Carolina Tar Heels as the two conference foes have played every year since 1980.
• Tech has a winning record both at home and on the road versus the Tar Heels, as the Jackets hold a 36-39 record over North Carolina at Russ Chandler Stadium and are 29-26 versus the Coastal Division foe in Chapel Hill, N.C.
ACC LEADERS SINCE 2000
• Since 2000, both the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the North Carolina Tar Heels have been at the top of the ACC in most years.
• Georgia Tech has won the most ACC Tournament titles since 2000 with five, while North Carolina is tied for third with two championships.
• In regular season play, North Carolina ranks second since 2000 with five ACC regular season and division titles, just one ahead of the Jackets who are tied with Miami with four titles.
HOME SWEET HOME
• Georgia Tech is 9-2 at home this season compared to just 2-2 on the road.
• This weekend’s three-game ACC weekend series is the first home conference series for the Jackets this season.
BACK-TO-BACK NATIONALLY RANKED FOES
• North Carolina is the second nationally ranked team to visit the Jackets and Russ Chandler Stadium this week.
• On Tuesday, Mar. 14, Tech blanked the Oklahoma Sooners in a midweek tilt. OU enter the game at No. 12 overall in the Collegiate Baseball poll, No. 20 in the NCBWA poll and broke into the top 25 at No. 21 in this week’s USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll.
• UNC is ranked in all six polls. The Tar Heels are No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, No. 11 in the D1Baseball.com Top 25 rankings and 13th in the Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, NCWBA, and Perfect Game top 25 rankings.
• This weekend’s three-game ACC series brings together two legendary coaches in Georgia Tech’s Danny Hall and UNC’s Mike Fox.
• The Tar Heel’s Coach Fox entered the season ranked fourth all-time among active coaches with 1,336 wins and now has 1,349 entering this weekend, while GT’s Coach Hall ranked ninth at the beginning of the year with 1,169 wins and currently has 1,180 victories overall.
• The Jackets will conclude its five-game homestand on Tuesday, Mar. 21, versus Auburn at 6 p.m. ET.