May 3, 2018
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball (24-21) steps out of Atlantic Coast Conference play this weekend to host the Radford Highlanders (20-23) for a three-game series at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Follow the Action Live
All three games are scheduled to be video streamed live on the ACC Network Extra (link located above).
The three non-conference contests will also be broadcast live on WREK 91.1 FM radio and online at WREK.org.
Live stats for all three games this weekend can be found above or on the baseball schedule page at RamblinWreck.com.
With Georgia Tech graduation ceremonies taking place in both the morning and afternoon on Saturday, May 5, Fowler Street will be converted to a one-way southbound street only. Therefore, plan to take alternate routes to the stadium and Klaus Deck via Fifth Street or State Street to reach Ferst Drive. Click Here to view a campus map.
Star Wars Night – May The Fourth Be With You
May the force be with you on May 4th as the Jackets will host Star Wars Night on Friday night. The first 250 fans will receive a Georgia Tech Baseball Jedi Poster. Fans that wear a Star Wars shirt will receive a $3 general admission ticket into the game.
Following the conclusion of Sunday afternoon’s game versus the Highlanders, kids of all ages will be able to run the bases on the field at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Georgia Tech seniors will be signing postgame autographs in the main concourse just inside Gate 3 along the third base line side of the stadium.
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.
Tech has a total of six different players leading the ACC in a statistical category entering play this weekend. Offensively, Chase Murray leads the league in hitting at .377 on the season, while Joey Bart leads the conference in total bases with 106. Kyle McCann leads the ACC in both home runs with 14 and slugging percentage at .652. On the mound, Xzavion Curry is tied for the league lead in wins with seven on the year and in shutouts with one. Connor Thomas leads the ACC in complete games with two and the most strikeouts in a game with 17 versus Wake Forest last weekend (April 28).
The Yellow Jackets’ 1-2 punch of Xzavion Curry and Connor Thomas were untouchable last weekend, as the “Shake-and-Bake” duo went 2-0 with two complete games, 29 strikeouts, one earned run, six hits and only three walks. The tandem collected a number of weekly honors as Thomas was named recognized as a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week and tabbed the Perfect Game/Rawlings College Pitcher of the Week, while Curry was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week.
It will be a busy, yet crucial three weeks for the Jackets as the 2018 regular season winds down. After stepping out of conference play this weekend, Tech will hit the road for a pivotal Coastal Division series at Virginia (May 11-12, 14), before closing out the year at home versus Duke (May 17-19). Over the final three weeks of the regular season, Tech will play a total of 11 games over a 16-day period from May 4-19.
Georgia Tech is 14-4 this season when posting a big inning offensively, meaning scoring four runs or more in an inning for the game. The Jackets have totaled 23 big innings this season, including scoring a season-high seven runs in the fifth inning of a 16-3 win versus Florida State (April 8).
The Yellow Jackets have had a lot of success in non-conference weekend series as of late, as Tech has not lost a three-game series in non-conference play in five years. Other than a rain-shortened two-game series split at UIC last season, the Jackets have won 12-straight non-conference weekend series (same opponent all-three games) and have not lost a non-ACC weekend series since 2013 versus Coastal Carolina.
Georgia Tech has won six-straight weekend series at home this season after going just 1-2 in the season-opening Atlanta Challenge event on Feb. 16-18. The Jackets’ series wins at Russ Chandler Stadium have come versus Dartmouth (Feb. 23-24), against UIC (March 2-4), over Virginia Tech (March 16-18), versus Miami (March 30-April 1), over Florida State (April 6-8) and last weekend against Wake Forest (April 27-29).
A total of seven different Tech pitchers have registered 20 strikeouts or more this season. Connor Thomas leads the team with 89 strikeouts, while fellow starters Xzavion Curry and Brant Hurter have 73 and 46 punch outs apiece, respectively. Tristin English has fanned 39 batters, while out of the bullpen Andy Archer (29), Jake Lee (24) and Jared Datoc (23) all have over 20 Ks for the year.
Georgia Tech has had a starting pitcher record eight strikeouts or more in a game a total of 12 times this season. The Jackets are 9-3 on the year when their starting pitcher fans eight or more batters in the game.
The Yellow Jackets’ pitching staff is averaging 8.9 strikeouts per game this season. Tech’s arms are also averaging 9.0 strikeouts-per-nine innings on the year.
The Jackets have a total of 13 different players that have hit at least one home run this season. As of April 30, Tech was just one of seven teams to have 11 different players or more record a home run for the year.
Georgia Tech will remain out of conference play to take on the nationally ranked Georgia Bulldogs in the 16th annual Farmview Market Spring Classic Baseball Game hosted by Children’s’ Healthcare of Atlanta on Tuesday night, May 8, at SunTrust Park.