March 19, 2018
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball will host not one, but two midweek games this week with regional foes Auburn and Mercer both making trips to The Flats and Russ Chandler Stadium. The Jackets will first host No. 6 Auburn on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. and then turn around to face the Mercer on Wednesday night at 6 p.m.
Follow the Action Live
Both games will be video streamed live over the ACC Network Extra (link located above).
The two midweek contests 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.
Chance to Win Braves Tickets
Fans in attendance on Tuesday night in the game versus Auburn will have a chance to win 2018 Atlanta Braves tickets! Jacket fans can win tickets through contests, giveaways and raffles.
Georgia Showdown Rivalry
For our in-state rivalry game versus the Mercer Bears on Wednesday night, the first 75 fans in attendance will receive free “State of Georgia Showdown” t-shirts.
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.
Head coach Danny Hall, who is in his 25th season as the skipper on The Flats, is just one win away from career win number 1,000 for the White and Gold. Entering play this week, Hall has totaled 999 career wins as the head coach at Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets are ranked second in the ACC in average (.323), hits (219), home runs (28) and slugging percentage (.510) and have at least two players ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in a number of offensive categories including – average (Chase Murray .436 – third; Joey Bart .377 – sixth), hits (Murray 34 – tied for first; Tristin English 30 – sixth), home runs (Bart 8 – second; Kyle McCann 6 – tied for third), runs scored (Wade Bailey 23 – tied for first; Bart 20 – tied for fifth) and RBIs (English 28 – second; Bart 18 – tied for sixth).
Georgia Tech is 2-0 this season versus its in-state foes in Georgia Southern (Feb. 20 – 7-1) and Georgia State (Mar. 7 – 12-6) and will look to improve to 3-0 versus its Peach State foes with a win over Mercer on Wednesday night. The Jackets are also on a two-game winning streak over the Bears having swept the home-and-home series last year.
The Yellow Jackets have dropped four-straight games to Southeastern Conference (SEC) foes dating back to last season and including their loss to the then No. 13 nationally ranked Auburn Tigers 12-7 back on Tuesday, March 13, in Auburn, Ala.
In Tech’s three-game ACC series win over Virginia Tech last weekend, the Yellow Jackets had five players hit over .400 for the three games in Tristin English (.450), Chase Murray (.444), Joey Bart (.429), Wade Bailey (.412) and Kyle McCann (.400).
When leading after the first six innings of play, the Yellow Jackets are 10-0 this season. Tech is also 11-0 this year when leading after the seventh and eighth innings. On the flip side, the Jackets are just 1-8 when trailing or tied after six complete and are 0-8 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 4-7 this season when giving up six runs or more in a game.
On Wednesday night versus the Mercer Bears, freshman Will Shirah will be making his first career start as a Yellow Jacket. Shirah will be the eighth Georgia Tech pitcher to register a start on the mound for the Jackets this season joining Xzavion Curry (5), Connor Thomas (5), Brant Hurter (3), Hugh Chapman (3), Jonathan Hughes (1), Jake Lee (1) and Tristin English (1).
Nine as in NINETEEN – Coach Hall has penciled in 19 different batting orders this season on his lineup card over the Yellow Jackets’ first 19 games.
Tech has had 10 different players hit at least one home run this season. Wichita State and Georgia Tech are the two lone teams in NCAA Division I to have 10 different players record at least one home run on the season in 2018 (credit: WKU Athletics Media Relations office).
The Yellow Jackets jump back into ACC play at No. 10 N.C. State this weekend for a three-game cross-divisional series in Raleigh, N.C.