May 22, 2017
THE FLATS – Making the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship for the 38th straight year, the No. 10 seeded Yellow Jackets (27-26, 11-19 ACC) will kick-off the conference championship in the very first game on Tuesday, May 23, at 11 a.m. versus No. 6 Miami (29-26, 16-13 ACC) . Tech’s second game in the new pool-play format is set for Wednesday night, May 24, at 7 p.m. against No. 3 Wake Forest (38-17, 19-11 ACC).
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE
• Regional Sports Networks from across the conference footprint and across the nation will carry all 14 games on Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday’s noon championship game will televised nationally by ESPN2. For a list of clearances for each game, please visit: http://theacc.co/base17rsn.
• All of the ACC contests will be video streamed live on the ACC Network Extra and the WatchESPN App (subject to blackout).
• Live stats can be found at TheACC.com. A link to live stats can also be found on the baseball schedule page at RamblinWreck.com or at the top of this page.
• Wiley Ballard will also broadcast every Yellow Jackets game live over the radio air waves on WREK 91.1 FM and online at WREK.org.
• Georgia Tech will play game one of the week long 2017 ACC Baseball Championship on Tuesday, May 23, at 11 a.m. versus No. 6 Miami.
• The Jackets played both of their Pool C foes in the 2017 regular season, going 2-6 versus Miami and Wake Forest combined with both three-game series coming on the road. Tech went 1-2 versus the Hurricanes in Miami to open up conference play on March 10-12, before winning 1-of-2 contests at Wake Forest two weeks later on March 24-26.
• No. 3 Wade Bailey is the key cog for the Jackets’ offense this season at the top of the order. Bailey leads the team in hitting (.347), on-base percentage (.420), hits (78), runs (62), triples (3) and total bases (122). He is also tied for the team lead in doubles (20) and second in both slugging percentage (.542) and walks (26).
• Georgia Tech’s Jake Lee pitched the first complete game for the Yellow Jackets in four seasons on May 14 at Duke. Lee went the distance (9.0 innings) in the 5-3 win over the Blue Devils in ACC play. The last Tech pitcher to throw a complete game for the Jackets was Josh Heddinger with a complete game two-hit shutout at No. 2 Vanderbilt on June 2, 2013.
• Since 2000, the Yellow Jackets have won a league high five ACC Baseball Tournament Championships (2000, 2003, 2005, 20012, 2014). The Jackets five tournament titles since the beginning of the 21st century are ahead of Florida State (4), Clemson (2), Virginia (2) and North Carolina (2).
• No. 6 Ryan Peurifoy has been on fire as of late at the plate, as he has hit safely in 20 of his last 21 games, which included a career-high 18-game hitting streak. Over the last 21 games dating back to April 14, Peurifoy has hit a team-high .413 (31-for-75) with three home runs, five doubles, 10 walks, 19 RBIs and 14 runs scored.
• The first seven innings have told the story this season for the Jackets, as Tech is a combined 26-5 when leading (24-3) or tied (2-2) after seven innings of play. However, GT is just 1-21 on the year when trialing heading into the eighth inning of the contest.
• A total of eight different Jackets have recorded five home runs or more at the plate this season. Led by Joey Bart’s team-high 13 home runs, Coleman Poje has totaled 11 bombs, while Kel Johnson recorded 10 dingers before suffering a season-ending injury. Freshman Kyle McCann (9), senior Ryan Peurifoy (7), sophomore Brandt Stallings (6), junior Wade Bailey (6) and junior Trevor Craport (5) are the other five Yellow Jackets with five home runs or more on the year.
• Over the final week of the regular season, the Jackets’ averaged 9.5 runs per game (four games). The Jackets scored 12 runs in a 12-3 win over Georgia Southern on May 16 and then posted a 14-run outburst versus then No. 8 Virginia on May 18 in a 14-7 ACC win. Tech then totaled 12 runs over the next two games versus the Cavaliers to close out the series giving them a total of 38 runs over its last four games.
• Tech enters the 2017 ACC Baseball Championship this week as the No. 10 seed. It is the lowest seed that the Jackets have ever been over their 38 trips to the conference tournament.
JACKETS IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT
• Georgia Tech is playing in its 38th straight ACC Baseball Championship having made the tournament in every single year since joining the league back in 1980.
• The Yellow Jackets are 78-59 all-time in games played at the ACC Tournament.
• Tech has won a total of nine ACC Tournament Titles (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2012, and 2014), including a league high five titles since 2000.
TECH VERSUS THE HURRICANES
• Georgia Tech is 37-60-2 all-time versus the Miami Hurricanes on the diamond.
• After winning three straight over the Canes in 2014, including a 6-3 win in the ACC Tournament, the Jackets have gone just 2-8 against Miami over the last three years.
• Miami handed Georgia Tech its first loss in the 2016 ACC Tournament last season to knock the Jackets down into the loser’s bracket.
• The Jackets are 4-3 all-time versus the Hurricanes at the ACC Championship.
• Tech went 1-2 versus the Hurricanes in the two teams’ three-game ACC series in Miami back on Mar. 10-12.
GT AGAINST WAKE FOREST
• The Yellow Jackets are 73-42-1 all-time versus the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
• Tech went 1-2 this season versus the Demon Deacons, but have won three of the last five meetings between the two teams.
• Georgia Tech is 10-4 all-time versus Wake Forest in the ACC Championship with the Jackets defeating the Demon Deacons 5-3 back in the 2014 conference tournament.