GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS (3-3) vs./at GEORGIA STATE (3-3)
Tuesday-Wednesday, February 26-27 • Atlanta, Ga. (Russ Chandler Stadium – 4,157) (GSU Sports Complex – 1,092)
TV: ACC Network Extra | Watch Live
Play-by-Play: Wiley Ballard
Analyst: Jim Poole
TV: PantherVision | Watch Live ($)
• Georgia Tech baseball will play against Georgia State this week in its first in-state matchup of the season. Tech’s first midweek game of the year vs. Georgia Southern was washed out.
• The Yellow Jackets have squared off the fourth-most times of any Division I opponent in the state of Georgia. This will be the 78th and 79th meeting between the two programs, with Tech entering with a 66-11 advantage.
• Tech is coming off a tough weekend series against No. 3 UCLA in which is took Game 1 on Friday in dramatic, walk-off fashion before struggling at the plate the rest of the series to drop two of three.
• Bright spots at the plate remained Kyle McCann and Austin Wilhite who both had three hits on the weekend.
• Wilhite leads the team on the season with a .350 average and seven hits, two for extra bases, while McCann is tied for second in the ACC for home runs with three.
• The bright spot on the weekend was the pitching staff. Against one of the top bullpens in the country in UCLA, Georgia Tech held its own.
• Xzavion Curry tossed 5.0 innings with just one earned run allowed on Friday, while Brant Hurter went 5.0 on Sunday, fanning seven hitters without a walk and allowing one earned run.
• In relief, Tristin English dealt three full shutout innings, including extras, to finish the 11-inning thriller on Friday, striking out two. Jonathan Hughes has also been invaluable in relief, making two appearances this weekend (5.0 IP), with a line of 0 ER and 4 K’s.
• Despite a tough-luck last outing for Saturday starter Connor Thomas, he’s still fifth in the ACC with 15 K’s.
• Preseason expectations have been at an all-time high as the Yellow Jackets have built themselves into one of the oldest teams in the country, returning seven of nine starters and losing zero starting pitchers from a season ago.