March 13, 2017
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball (10-4) will host the No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners for the first-time ever on The Flats on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET. The game was originally scheduled for 6 p.m. ET, but was moved up due to the forecast of cold and inclement weather on Tuesday night.
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE
• Tuesday’s non-conference midweek game 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
• $2 Tuesdays – Get a $2 game ticket and help yourself to $2 hot dogs, popcorn, and drinks at the ballpark.
• Calling all Tech students – Free hot dogs to the first 200 students at the game!
• 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 will host the Oklahoma Sooners for the first-time ever on The Flats for Tuesday’s afternoon tilt at Russ Chandler Stadium. It marks the first time that the two teams have met at either one’s home field, as all six of their previous meetings have come at neutral sites.
• Tech is second in the nation in home runs per game with an average of 1.93 per contest on the season. The Jackets are ranked fifth nationally in total home runs with 27 bombs on the year.
• Junior Wade Bailey (No. 3) ranks in the top-25 in a number of offensive categories nationally this season, including leading the nation in both runs (27) and runs scored per game (1.93). Bailey ranks 20th in doubles per game (0.57), 21st in doubles (8), 21 in hits (27).
• The Yellow Jackets have scored five runs or more in all 10 of their wins this season. In fact, Tech has scored five runs or more in 13 of its 14 games on the year.
• Tech’s offense ranks in the top-25 nationally in six different categories – second in slugging percentage (.565), fifth in home runs (27), seventh in scoring (9.1 runs per game), 12th in batting average (.328), 16th in doubles (38) and 24th in hits (173).
• Tuesday’s contest versus Oklahoma is only the seventh meeting between the two schools on the baseball diamond all-time. The Yellow Jackets are 0-6 all-time versus the Oklahoma Sooners.
• Sophomore catcher Joey Bart is tied for first in the ACC and ranks second in the nation with a total of eight home runs on the season. He also leads the nation in home runs per game with an average of 0.57.
• On the season, the Yellow Jackets are 9-1 when scoring first in the contest. The lone loss came last time out on Sunday, March 12, at Miami.
• Tech used a total of 10 pitchers in their last time out on Sunday, March 12, at Miami. The 10 arms were the most that the Jackets have used in a single game this season.
SOON OVER THE SOONERS
• The Yellow Jackets are searching for their first-ever win over the Oklahoma Sooners, as Tech is 0-6 all-time versus the Big 12 foe.
• However, the Jackets have never hosted the Sooners on The Flats, as all six games have come in neutral site locations including Las Vegas, Nev., Fullerton, Calif., Lake Buena Vista, Fla. and in Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME
• Tuesday’s non-conference midweek contest between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets is the first meeting between the two teams since 2004.
• The last time these two programs met on the diamond was on Feb. 29, 2004 at Titan Field in Fullerton, California. The Sooners defeated the Jackets 6-2 in the contest.
HOME SWEET HOME
• Georgia Tech is 8-2 at home this season compared to just 2-2 on the road.
• Tuesday’s game is the first of five straight home games for the Jackets.
OFF THE SCHNEID
• Georgia Tech redshirt-junior hurler Ben Schniederjans will get the nod on Tuesday versus the Oklahoma Sooners.
• The start will be the first for the right-handed pitcher in over two years. His last start came back on Feb. 24, 2015 versus Auburn. He missed the majority of 2015 and all of 2016 due to an injury.
• Georgia Tech will hosts the North Carolina Tar Heels in its ACC home opener this weekend, March 17-19.