April 3, 2017
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech (15-11) hits the road for a midweek non-conference showdown with the No. 7 Auburn Tigers (23-7) on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET in Auburn, Alabama.
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE
• The game will be video streamed live on the SEC Network Plus, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App.
• Live stats can be found at AuburnTigers.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 broadcast the game live over the radio air waves on WREK 91.1 FM.
• Georgia Tech’s lone midweek loss this season came to the Auburn Tigers back on March 21 at Russ Chandler Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. The Jackets are 4-1 in midweek Tuesday night games this season having had two contests canceled due to inclement weather.
• Tuesday night’s meeting will be the second of the season between these two teams this year. Georgia Tech fell to then No. 19 Auburn 7-4 back on Mar. 21 in Atlanta, Ga.
• Tech’s road contest at Auburn on Tuesday night will be the third non-conference midweek road tilt for the Jackets this season. Tech is 2-0 in midweek road games this year with wins at Georgia Southern (Feb. 21) and at Mercer (Mar. 28).
• Junior second baseman Wade Bailey ranks fourth nationally in runs scored with 36 overall on the season. He is also tied for the most runs scored in the ACC with the 36 runs.
• When the Jackets hold their opponents to five runs or less Tech is undefeated. Georgia Tech is a perfect 12-0 overall when holding its opponents to five runs or less for the contest on the year.
• The Yellow Jackets as a team are ranked in the top 50 nationally in six different offensive categories – fifth in home runs (44), sixth in slugging percentage (.518), sixth in doubles (69), 35th in batting average (.302), 37th in hits (289) and 47th in runs scored (193).
• The Jackets are coming of a loss to No. 5 Clemson last time out on Sunday afternoon. Tech is 7-3 this season in games following a loss this season.
• Defense has played a key for Tech this season, as the Yellow Jackets are 8-1 on the year when not committing an error for the game. Tech is just 7-10 on the season when making one or more errors for the game.
• Georgia Tech used nine different pitchers last time out in the loss to No. 5 Clemson on Sunday in the three-game ACC weekend series finale. Only one pitcher threw more than one inning in the nine-inning contest. It is the second most pitchers that the Jackets have used in a single game this season (10 at Miami on Mar. 12).
• A total of 11 different players have hit a home run this season for the Yellow Jackets led by Joey Bart who has recorded a team-high 11 home runs on the season. In contrast, the Auburn Tigers’ pitching staff has only allowed 10 home runs all year, three of which came to Georgia Tech back in the two teams’ first meeting on March 21.
NO STRANGERS IN AUBURN
• The Yellow Jackets and Auburn Tigers are no strangers, as the two teams have met a total of 233 times on the baseball diamond in Tech’s history. Auburn is the second most-played opponent for the Jackets behind only Georgia (367).
• Georgia Tech holds a 107-121-5 series record versus the Auburn Tigers, as the two non-conference foes have played each other in each of the last two seasons, 2015 and 2016, after a 10-year hiatus.
SINCE THEY LAST MET
• Since the two teams’ first meeting this year two weeks ago on Mar. 21, the Jackets have gone just 3-4 with one win apiece over Wake Forest, Mercer and No. 5 Clemson.
• Since their win over the Jackets on Mar. 21, the Tigers have gone 5-2 overall. Auburn took 2-of-3 games from Georgia, defeated Alabama in the Capital City Classic and took two wins versus South Carolina last weekend in SEC play.
VERSUS RANKED FOES IN 2017
• The Auburn Tigers are again ranked this week as they take on the Jackets.
• Tech is a combined 3-5 thus far this season against its previous ranked opponents that were nationally ranked at the time in Oklahoma, North Carolina, Auburn and Clemson.
March 14 vs. No 12 Oklahoma W, 2-0
March 17 vs. No. 9 North Carolina L, 5-6
March 18 vs. No. 9 North Carolina W, 4-2 (12)
March 19 vs. No. 9 North Carolina L, 4-7
March 21 vs. No. 16 Auburn L, 4-7
March 31 vs. No. 5 Clemson L, 6-13
April 1 vs. No. 5 Clemson W, 5-1
April 2 vs. No. 5 Clemson L, 6-11
PREVIOUS MEETING JUST TWO WEEKS AGO
• Auburn scored one run in the third to take the lead and then added two runs apiece over the next three innings in the fourth, fifth and sixth to stay in front of the Jackets and escape with the 7-4 win.
• Georgia Tech had just five hits in the game, tying a season-low, yet three of those five hits were home runs. Coleman Poje, Austin Wilhite and Carter Hall all homered in the first meeting between these two teams.
TIGERS ARE HOMEBODIES
• Tech will venture into enemy territory on Tuesday night where the Tigers have played a total of 25 games thus far this season.
• The AU Tigers are 19-6 overall at home this season and have played just five total games away from their home ballpark on the year.
LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH BIG INNINGS
• This season the Jackets have had a love/hate relationship with big innings.
• Tech’s record is 9-3 overall when it has at least one big inning (four runs or more) in the game.
• On the flip side, the Jackets are just 1-6 overall on the year when giving up a big inning (four runs or more) in the game.
IRON JACKETS IN THE STARTING LINEUP
• A total of eight different Jackets have started 20 games or more this year with six of those players currently on a 20-plus game streak of consecutive starts (Craport – 54, Bailey – 42, Johnson – 41, Peurifoy – 29, Bart – 26, Austin Wilhite – 20).
• Three current Jackets in Peurifoy (150), Bailey (138) and Johnson (126) have all started in over 125 games for their careers at Tech.
EXTRA INNING LOVE
• Tech is a perfect 3-0 in extra-inning contests this season.
• Each of the Jackets’ first three ACC wins this season came in extra innings.
• In fact, three of Tech’s last five wins have come in extra innings (W, 7-5 (11) at Miami – Mar. 11, W, 4-2 (12) vs. No. 9 North Carolina – Mar. 18, W, 7-6 (11) at Wake Forest -Mar. 24).
WHAT’S IN A QUALITY START?
• The Jackets have won 18 consecutive quality starts with the last loss coming back on May 14, 2015.
• Tech has won 22 consecutive home quality starts, including two this season, with the last loss on Mar. 20, 2015.
• GT’s last quality true road start came back on April 8, 2016.
• Tech remains on the road to take on Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana in an ACC weekend series on April 7-9.