Feb. 16, 2015
NEED TO KNOW…
>> Georgia Tech hits to the road for the first time in the 2015 season, traveling to long-time rival Georgia Southern for a 6 p.m. game on Tuesday in Statesboro. The game airs live on ESPN3 — one of 26 Georgia Tech games to air on television or ESPN3 this season.
>> The Yellow Jackets and Eagles have been battling on the diamond since 1947 and Tech holds a 94-31 lead in the all-time series and is 41-15 versus GSU in Statesboro. Tech has won seven of the last 10 meetings, with the team’s splitting last season’s home-and-home — GSU won, 4-3, at J.I. Clements Stadium and Tech won, 13-2, in Atlanta.
>> Sophomore RHP Ben Schniederjans is set to make his first collegiate start. The righty, who joined the Yellow Jackets as a preferred walk-on last season, made 13 relief appearances last season with a 5.40 ERA. He debuted this year with a career-long three scoreless innings in Friday’s opening-day win over St. John’s.
>> Tech bashed its way out of the gates to start the season, hitting three homers and beating St. John’s 17-3 on Opening Day — its second-most runs ever in a season opener and its most in a game since the 2012 season.
>> As a team, Tech hit .362 on opening weekend and leads the ACC in home runs (4) and slugging (.590). Two of the four homers came from ACC Player of the Week, rookie Kel Johnson, who is the only ACC player with eight hits, three doubles and two homers. Johnson is tied for the ACC lead in each category and leads the league outright with 17 total bases.
>> Tech returns eight of nine starting position players and two starting pitchers from a team that won 37 games and claimed the program’s ninth ACC championship in 2014. The Jackets’ nine titles tie Clemson for the most in conference history.
>> Last season, the Jackets advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 30th time in program history and for the 28th time in the past 30 seasons. Only Florida State and Miami have made more NCAAs over the last 30 years than Tech’s 28.
>> The Yellow Jackets were one of the nation’s best defensive teams last season, leading the NCAA in outfield assists (23) and double plays (77, school record), while also setting a school record for best fielding percentage of (.974).
>> Sophomore C Arden Pabst has thrown out the first four stolen-base attempts against him this season. He was second in the ACC last season in runners caught stealing (16) and caught-stealing percentage (.410).
>> Danny Hall is in his 22nd season as Tech’s head coach (28th overall), and his last four seasons on the Flats have resulted in a pair of ACC tournament titles (2012, 2014), and an ACC regular-season title in 2011. Hall is a two-time ACC Coach of the Year and is among the 15 winningest active coaches in college baseball with 1,101 wins.