March 29, 2018
THE FLATS – Russ Chandler Stadium will host an Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division clash this weekend between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (14-11, 3-6 ACC) and the Miami Hurricanes (12-12, 6-3 ACC). The three-game series will begin on Friday at 6 p.m. Saturday’s game is set for a 4 p.m. first pitch, while Sunday’s contest will begin at 1 p.m.
Follow the Action Live
All three ACC contests will be video streamed live over the ACC Network Extra (link located above).
The key three conference games will also be broadcast live on WREK 91.1 FM radio and online at WREK.org.
Live stats for all three games can be found above or on the baseball schedule page at RamblinWreck.com.
No April Fools Here
The first 50 fans at each game will receive a GT foam finger. Fans inside the stadium will get a chance to play BINGO on Friday night, while Saturday afternoon Buzz will host an egg hunt. On Sunday, there will be a Knock-Knock Joke contest, so fans get your jokes ready for April Fools’ Day!
Prior to the first pitch on Saturday afternoon, head coach Danny Hall and the Georgia Tech Athletics Association will take a moment to recognize Miami head coach, and former Yellow Jackets’ skipper (1982-93) Jim Morris for a hall of fame collegiate coaching career. The 2018 season is the last for 3, as he is retiring at the conclusion of this year.
Sunday Funday for the Kids
After the conclusion of the game on Sunday afternoon, kids will be allowed to run the bases (weather permitting). A number of Yellow Jacket student-athletes will also be available postgame for autographs.
Parking Now Available Online
Yellow Jacket fans can now pay for parking ahead of time by going online to Park Mobile (Click Here). Klaus Deck (across from Cherry Street and the third base side of Russ Chandler Stadium) will be open for fans for $5.
Two College Baseball Hall of Fame coaches will be matching up for the final season in Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall and Miami head coach Jim Morris. Combined, the two coaches have totaled 2,788 career wins as the collegiate level (Morris – 1,578; Hall – 1,210) and both rank in the top-seven nationally in wins among active Division I baseball coaches.
Georgia Tech’s last two, and by far best two coaches, will square off this weekend on The Flats. Current head coach Danny Hall is the winningest coach in Tech baseball history with 1,002 career wins with the White and Gold, while Morris, who coached at Tech from 1982-93, is second with 504 career wins. Since 1982, Morris and Hall have been the only two head coaches for the nationally recognized Georgia Tech baseball program.
Last Tuesday night, the Yellow Jackets picked up their 900th win at Russ Chandler Stadium since 1985. The two coaches that were in the dugout for all 900 of those wins since 1985 will be in the two dugouts this weekend in Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall and Miami head coach Jim Morris.
This weekend will be a great match up between the Georgia Tech offense and the Miami pitching. Tech’s offense leads the ACC in hits (273) and ranks second in the league in hitting (.310 average), home runs (31) and slugging percentage (.476). The UM pitching staff leads the ACC in earned run average (2.78), fewest hits (173), fewest earned runs (68) and shutouts (4).
Five different Jackets have recorded double digit RBIs this season led by Tristin English, who ranks second in the ACC and third nationally with a team-high 35 RBIs. Joey Bart (20), Chase Murray (17), Kyle McCann (14) and Colin Hall (11) are the other four Jackets with double digit RBIs this season.
Six has been the magic number for the Jackets this season, as Tech is 10-5 when scoring six runs or more in a game. The Jackets are also 10-2 when holding its opponent to less than six runs in a contest. On the flip side, GT is 4-6 when scoring less than six runs and 4-9 when giving up six runs or more to the other team.
The Yellow Jackets have seven different players with multiple home runs this season in Joey Bart (8), Kyle McCann (7), Tristin English (4), Chase Murray (4), Carter Hall (2), Kel Johnson (2) and Michael Guldberg (2). Miami has just seven home runs as a team on the season.
Eight different pitchers for the Yellow Jackets this season in Jake Brace (.000), Joseph Mannelly (.111), Micah Carpenter (.200), Xzavion Curry (.208), Andy Archer (.218), Bailey Combs (.222), Brant Hurter (.224), and Jonathan Hughes (.231) have kept the opponents hitting around The Mendoza Line (.200) this season.
Both Miami and Georgia Tech’s pitching staffs are averaging around nine strikeouts per nine innings this season. The Canes’ arms are averaging 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings, while Tech’s staff is averaging 8.8 punch outs per nine innings on the year.
Head coach Danny Hall as written out a different batting order on his lineup card in all 25 games this season.
Tech will hit the road and head north to face off with the Georgia Bulldogs on Tuesday night, April 3, in Athens, Ga. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.