April 2, 2018
THE FLATS – The 2018 trilogy of Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate on the baseball diamond is set for game one on Tuesday night, April 3, at 7 p.m. in Athens, Ga. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (17-11) will hit the road to square off with the Georgia Bulldogs (21-7) in midweek play at Foley Field.
Follow the Action Live
The rivalry match up will be video streamed live over the SEC Network + and the WatchESPN App (link located above).
The non-conference game will also be broadcast live on WREK 91.1 FM radio and online at WREK.org.
Live stats for the contest can be found above or on the baseball schedule page at RamblinWreck.com.
Synovus Bank Food Drive Set for this Weekend
Synovus Bank, banking partner for Georgia Tech athletics, is sponsoring a food drive next weekend when the Yellow Jackets’ baseball team takes on seventh-ranked Florida State in a three-game series April 6-8 at Russ Chandler Stadium. Game times for the weekend series at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday.
All food gathered will be donated to Action Ministries, a hunger relief organization in Atlanta. Needed food items for the drive include canned fruit, canned soup and peanut butter.
For more information Click Here.
Tech’s number one most played opponent in the program’s history is the University of Georgia Bulldogs. The two teams first met back in 1898, and will be meeting for the 371st time on Tuesday night, April 3, at Foley Field in Athens, Ga.
The Georgia Bulldogs are the second SEC team that the Jackets have faced this season. Tech went 1-1 with nationally ranked Auburn already this year, losing 12-7 on March 13 at Auburn before defeating the Tigers 6-4 at home on March 20.
No. 3 Wade Bailey has been swinging a hot bat lately, as the senior second basemen has hit safely in each of his last five games after moving out of the top three spots in the lineup. Over the four games last week, Bailey hit .563 (9-for-16) with two doubles, three RBIs, four runs scored and 11 total bases. He also picked up his 100th career RBI in the Jackets’ 13-4 win over Miami last Saturday, March 31.
The Yellow Jackets enter Tuesday’s contest on a four-game winning streak, having defeated Georgia Southern last Tuesday (March 27) before sweeping Miami in a three-game ACC series at home over the weekend (March 30-April 1).
Tuesday night’s contest is the fifth game for the Jackets this season against an in-state foe. Tech is 3-1 against its in-state rivals with two wins over Georgia Southern and a road win at Georgia State. The lone loss came at home to Mercer on March 21.
Six has been the magic number for the Jackets this season, as Tech is 12-5 when scoring six runs or more in a game. The Jackets are also 13-2 when holding its opponent to less than six runs in a contest. On the flip side, GT is just 5-6 when scoring less than six runs and 4-9 when giving up six runs or more.
The Week 7 ACC Pitcher of the Week was Tech’s own Xzavion Curry. He improved to an ACC-best 6-0 on the season with a 6-1 win over Miami last Friday night. The sophomore from Atlanta struck out a career-high 12 batters in 8.0 innings, allowing just one run, one walk, and six singles in his fourth quality start of the season. Curry’s 12 Ks were the most strikeouts by a Georgia Tech pitcher since Buck Farmer fanned 14 batters in the Opening Day win over Akron on Feb. 15, 2013. For the release click here.
Eight different pitchers for the Yellow Jackets this season in Jake Brace (.000), Joseph Mannelly (.111), Micah Carpenter (.200), Xzavion Curry (.206), Andy Archer (.207), Bailey Combs (.222), Brant Hurter (.224), and Jonathan Hughes (.231) have kept their opponents hitting around The Mendoza Line (.200) this season.
Both Georgia Tech and Georgia’s pitching staffs are averaging around nine strikeouts per nine innings this season. The Jackets’ arms are averaging 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings, while UGA’s staff is averaging 8.9 punch outs per nine innings on the year.
In four out of the last seven games, the Yellow Jackets have had a pitcher record 10 strikeouts or more (Curry – 11 at NC State (Game 1 on 3/23), Hurter – 10 vs. Georgia Southern (3/27), Curry – 12 vs. Miami (3/30) and Thomas – 10 vs. Miami (3/31)). Prior to last week, Tech had not had a pitcher strikeout 10 batters or more in 288 games (Buck Farmer – 10 vs. Virginia – April 12, 2013).
Tech returns home to host nationally ranked Florida State for a three-game ACC series at Russ Chandler Stadium.