GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS (17-8, 5-4 ACC) vs. NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH (10-12, 5-4 ACC)
Friday-Sunday, March 29-31 • Atlanta, Ga. (Russ Chandler Stadium – 4,157)
• Winners of six of its last seven, red-hot Georgia Tech welcomes Notre Dame to Russ Chandler on March 29-31 for its fourth ACC series.
• Georgia Tech off taking two from then-No. 4 Louisville on the road before returning home to blast archrival Georgia 11-2, who ranked fourth in country as well.
• The Yellow Jackets nine-run win over UGA was the second-largest margin of victory this season after Tech won two, nail-biting two-run ballgames at Louisville.
• The Jackets have enjoyed its recent streak, hitting .304 as a team over the seven games, recording 69 hits, 11 doubles, a triple and six home runs.
• On the mound, Tech has delivered in gross, with three of its four starting pitchers delivering sub-2.50 ERA performances for a team ERA of 2.97 in the last seven games.
• Georgia Tech and Notre Dame have played just two series since the Fighting Irish joined the ACC.
• ND owns a 4-2 advantage since 2015 with the all-time series knotted at 8-8.
• The offensive story for Tech recently has been a strong 1-2 punch from the top of the order in Luke Waddell and Michael Guldberg.
• Waddell hit .219 over the last seven games, recording 14 hits, one triple, a homer, six RBI and 13 runs, while Guldberg batted .444 for 12 hits, three RBI and six runs. Both featured on-base percentages above .530.
• Guldberg still leads the ACC in hitting at .476 on the season, ranking third overall in the country. His 39 hits and .527 on-base percentage rank second in the league.
• With Kyle McCann drawing walks recently (12 in the last seven), Baron Radcliff stepped up to provide the power, launching two monstrous home runs against Louisville and an oppo-homer against UGA.
• McCann is now third in the nation in homers (12) and walks (32 – 2nd in ACC).
• First baseman and RHP Tristin English will look to carry forward his momentum from being a Cape Cod All-Star last summer. The redshirt-junior is a two-time 2019 preseason all-American entering this weekend, as he’s expected to be one of the country’s top two-way players.
• Battling some nagging ailments over the last few weeks, English has been gutting out strong performances for Tech.
• Last weekend, English struggled from the plate some, finishing 2-for-22 over the seven-game stretch, but the redshirt-junior has still come through for the team, hitting a monster go-ahead RBI double and getting the save on the mound against Louisville while finishing with two sac flies against UGA.
• After catching fire at the plate the first week of March (six hits, six runs and a double), outfielder Chase Murray has missed the last six games due to an injury. He is officially listed as day-to-day.
• In his stead, Colin Hall has shifted to left field and Baron Radcliff has played right field to much success. Over the last seven games, Hall has hit .393 for 11 hits, two doubles and five RBI while Radcliff has seven hits, two doubles, three homers and six RBI.