March 26, 2018
THE FLATS – The Yellow Jackets open up a four-game home stand on Tuesday night against in-state rival Georgia Southern. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Follow the Action Live
The in-state showdown be video streamed live over the ACC Network Extra (link located above).
The midweek contest 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.
Georgia Showdown Rivalry
For our in-state rivalry game versus the Georgia Southern Eagles on Tuesday night, the first 75 fans in attendance will receive free “State of Georgia Showdown” t-shirts.
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.
Georgia Tech defeated Georgia Southern 7-1 in the first meeting with the Eagles in Statesboro, Ga. back on Feb. 20. The win was the Jackets’ first road win of the season and their 101st win over the Eagles. The Jackets are now 101-31 all-time versus Georgia Southern.
Georgia Tech ranks second in the ACC and 14th nationally in both hitting and home runs. Tech is second in the league behind only NC State with a .310 team batting average and a total of 31 team home runs on the season. The Jackets also rank second in the ACC and 10th nationally with 264 base hits and 15th nationally with a .481 slugging percentage on the year.
Georgia Tech is 2-1 over its first three games versus in-state rivals this season. The Jackets won at Georgia Southern 7-1 back on Feb. 20 and at Georgia State 12-6 on March 7. However, the Jackets fell at home to the Mercer Bears 6-2 last week on March 21.
The four seniors in Wade Bailey, Kel Johnson, Patrick Wiseman and Jared Datoc are a perfect 7-0 all-time versus Georgia Southern and have outscored the Eagles 70-23 over the last seven meetings. In fact, only one player on the Tech roster in redshirt senior Ben Schniederjans has ever experienced a loss to the Eagles (4-3 in 2014) and is 8-1 all-time versus Georgia Southern.
Five different Tech hitters rank in the top six of the ACC in a number of offensive statistics. Chase Murray leads the ACC in hits (41) and ranks second in the ACC in hitting (.414). Both Murray and Joey Bart are tied for the lead in the ACC in runs scored (24), while Bart also ranks second in the ACC in home runs (8). Kyle McCann is fourth in the ACC with seven home runs, while Tristin English ranks fifth in the ACC with 37 base hits. English also ranks second in the ACC and second nationally with 34 RBIs on the season. Wade Bailey is sixth in the ACC in runs scored with 23.
Over the Jackets’ first six midweek games this season, Tech is 4-2 overall with wins over Georgia Southern (Feb. 20), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Feb. 27), Georgia State (March 7) and No. 6 Auburn (March 20). Tech’s midweek losses have come at No. 13 Auburn (March 13) and at home versus Mercer (March 21).
Georgia Tech’s offense is averaging a shade under seven runs per game at 6.95 per contest this season. The Jackets are 9-4 on the season when scoring seven runs or more in the game.
Georgia Tech’s pitching staff has recorded a total of 204 strikeouts thus over the Jackets’ first 24 games, an average of 8.5 strikeouts per game. The Jackets are also averaging 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings this year and 8.9 punch outs per game in their 13 wins.
The nine Tech hitters in the lineup have been in a different order each game; Coach Hall has penciled in 24 different batting orders this season on his lineup card over the Yellow Jackets’ 24 games.
Tech has had 11 different players hit at least one home run in a game for them this season in Joey Bart (8), Kyle McCann (7), Tristin English (4), Chase Murray (2), Kel Johnson (2), Michael Guldberg (2), Carter Hall (2), Baron Radcliff (1), Austin Wilhite (1), Luke Waddell (1) and Oscar Serratos (1).
The Yellow Jackets will remain at home for an ACC weekend series with Coastal Division foe Miami on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Russ Chandler Stadium. Friday’s game is set for a 6 p.m. start, while Saturday will begin at 4 p.m. The final game will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m.