March 12, 2018
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball (9-6, 0-3 ACC) wraps up a five-game road swing at No. 5 Auburn (15-1, 0-0 SEC) in a Tuesday night non-conference tilt at Plainsman Park in Auburn, Ala. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. ET.
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The Tuesday night contest will be video streamed live over the SEC Network Plus (link located above).
The non-conference regional battle 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 Tech’s game versus Auburn on Tuesday night is the first of two scheduled midweek contests this season between the two regional foes. Tech is set to host the Tigers on March 20 at Russ Chandler Stadium in the home-and-home series.
The Auburn Tigers are the second-straight nationally ranked team that the Jackets have played this season and within the last week. Tech played three games versus No. 6 Clemson last weekend to start ACC play. The Auburn Tigers are also the second-straight “Tigers” team to host the Jackets following the Clemson Tigers this past weekend.
The Jackets are a perfect 3-0 this season in midweek games with a 7-1 win at Georgia Southern (Feb. 20), 8-0 versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Feb. 27) and 12-6 at Georgia State (March 7). Last season, the Yellow Jackets went 8-4 overall in midweek contests.
Sophomore Chase Murray ranks in the top 10 in the ACC in a number of offensive categories. He is second in the ACC in average (.433), hits (26) and hits per game (1.73) and also ranks sixth in the ACC in total bases (36).
Tech will wrap up a season-long five-game road swing on Tuesday night at Auburn. The Yellow Jackets started the season-long road swing with a 12-6 win at Georgia State last Wednesday before dropping all three ACC road games at then-No. 6 Clemson over the weekend.
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 1-6 when trailing or tied after six complete and are 0-6 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 2-5 this season when giving up six runs or more in a game.
The Jackets have a total of eight players that have played significant time this season hitting over .300 on the year in Chase Murray (.433), Kyle McCann (.400), Joey Bart (.364), Tristin English (.323), Wade Bailey (.323), Colin Hall (.323), Luke Waddell (.311) and Carter Hall (.300). As a team, the Jackets rank second in the ACC with an average of .320 on the season.
Georgia Tech’s pitching staff is averaging just under nine (8.9) strikeouts per game this season. In their nine wins, the Yellow Jackets are averaging 8.8 strikeouts per contest. Five different pitchers have registered nine or more strikeouts on the mound for the Jackets this season entering play on Tuesday.
This season, Tech is averaging over 10 hits per contest, averaging 11.3 base knocks per contest. The Jackets have recorded 10 hits or more in nine games this season.
Tech opens up a five-game homestand versus Virginia Tech this weekend in a three-game ACC series at Russ Chandler Stadium.