March 15, 2018
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THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball (9-7, 0-3 ACC) returns home after a five-game road trip to host the Virginia Tech Hokies (8-8, 2-1 ACC) in ACC play this weekend at Russ Chandler Stadium. Game times, weather permitting, are set for Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Follow the Action Live
All three games will be video streamed live over the ACC Network Extra (link located above).
The three ACC games 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.
Friday night’s contest is a Gold Out. Fans that wear a Gold shirt can get a ticket for just $3. There will also be a Golden Ticket promotion and fans will have a chance to win prizes that include a GT prize pack, a Fire Stick, an Echo Dot and gift cards.
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.
For the first time in two weeks the Yellow Jackets will play at home at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Jackets are coming off a five-game road trip, the longest of the season, and have not played on The Flats since taking two of three games from UIC on March 1-3. Tech is 7-3 at home this season.
This weekend will mark the second ACC weekend series for the Jackets this season. Last weekend, GT was swept at nationally ranked Clemson 3-2, 7-3 and 13-2. Virginia Tech is also in its second weekend of conference play having taken two of three games versus Pitt last weekend at home in Blacksburg, Va. (4-1, 3-1, 10-15).
Head coach Danny Hall, who is in his 25th season as the skipper on The Flats, is just three wins away from career win number 1,000 for the White and Gold. Entering play this weekend versus VT, Hall has 997 career wins as the head coach at Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets enter play this weekend on a four game skid, having dropped each of their last four on their five-game road swing over the past two weeks. Tech has played four-straight contests against nationally ranked foes with three games at Clemson (as high as No. 6) and at Auburn (as high as No. 5).
Tech kicks off a five-game homestand this weekend with the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Jackets will play three games this weekend versus ACC Coastal Division foe VT before hosting both Auburn and Mercer next week in non-conference midweek play.
When leading after the first six innings of play, the Yellow Jackets are 8-0 this season. Tech is also 9-0 this year when leading after the seventh and eighth innings. On the flip side, the Jackets are just 1-7 when trailing or tied after six complete and are 0-7 when trailing after seven innings.
Georgia Tech is 7-1 this season when holding its foes to five runs or less in a game. The lone loss was a 3-2 defeat at No. 6 Clemson on Friday, March 9. However, the Jackets are just 2-6 this season when giving up six runs or more in a game.
No need to panic, as the Jackets still have eight ACC weekend series to play after this weekend’s contest versus Virginia Tech (at NC State, vs. Miami, vs. Florida State, at Pitt, at North Carolina, vs. Wake Forest, at Virginia and vs. Duke). The last time the Jackets started 0-3 in conference play was in 2016. After a sweep on the road at nationally ranked Florida State, the Jackets returned home to sweep Virginia Tech to move to 3-3 in the ACC.
Georgia Tech’s pitching staff is averaging just under nine (8.9) strikeouts-per-nine innings this season. In their nine wins, the Yellow Jackets have averaged 8.8 strikeouts per contest. Five different pitchers have registered nine or more strikeouts on the mound for the Jackets this season entering play this weekend.
Tech is a perfect 4-0 this season when scoring 10 or more runs in a game (Dartmouth – 10-0, 12-9, 11-5 and at Georgia State -12-6). On the flip side, the Jackets are 0-4 on the year when giving up 10 or more runs in a contest (Bradley – 7-10, UIC – 5-12, No. 6 Clemson – 2-13, No. 13 Auburn – 7-12).
The Yellow Jackets will host not one, but two midweek games next week at Russ Chandler Stadium. Tech will play nationally ranked Auburn on Tuesday night, March 20, at 6 p.m. and then turn around and host Mercer on Wednesday night, March 21, at 6 p.m.