May 17, 2017
THE FLATS – The Yellow Jackets (26-24, 10-17 ACC) wrap up the 2017 regular season schedule this week with a three-game ACC series versus the No. 8 nationally ranked Virginia Cavaliers (39-12, 16-11 ACC) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 18-20, at Russ Chandler Stadium.
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE
• All three of the ACC contests will be video streamed live on the ACC Network Extra and the WatchESPN App.
• Live stats can be found at RamblinWreck.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 the entire three-game series live over the radio air waves on WREK 91.1 FM and online at WREK.org.
THINGS FANS NEED TO KNOW
• Friday, May 19, is our annual Danny Hall game! Celebrate his 24 years on The Flats with a commemorative poster only available inside Russ Chandler Stadium at Friday night’s game. Posters are free for the first 1,000 fans! (Click Here)
• Saturday, May 20, is Senior Day for GT Baseball. Help send-off our five seniors as they take the field with the greatest backdrop in college baseball at Russ Chandler Stadium one last time. Pre-game senior recognition ceremonies will begin at 12:10 p.m.
• Saturday, May 20, will be a busy day as Georgia Tech will also host the Atlanta United at 5 p.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium. PARKING will not be available for Jacket baseball fans at the Peters Parking Deck. Overflow parking will be available in lot W23.
• Outside food and beverages are not permitted inside Russ Chandler Stadium. Also the season ticketholder clear bags are not permitted during baseball season at Russ Chandler Stadium. All bags will be searched upon entry into the stadium. NO bags larger than 14 by 10 by 5 inches will be permitted.
• Georgia Tech has one final ACC regular season three-game series this week versus No. 8 Virginia and a chance for one final push to secure its spot in next week’s 2017 ACC Baseball Championships in Louisville, Ky. The Jackets enter the final conference series in a tie for 10th overall with Notre Dame at 10-17 and ahead of Virginia Tech, Boston College and Pittsburgh. However, the Fighting Irish hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Jackets having swept Tech in the three-game series back in April in South Bend, Ind.
• The Jackets have won two games in a row heading into play this week versus No. 8 Virginia. Georgia Tech is coming off a 5-3 win at Duke on Sunday afternoon, May 14, and a 12-3 beat down of Georgia Southern on Tuesday night at Russ Chandler Stadium in its final non-conference midweek game of the year.
• No. 3 Wade Bailey is only one hit shy from a career milestone. The junior second baseman enters the final ACC series versus No. 8 Virginia with 199 career base hits, just one shy of career hit number 200.
• Georgia Tech’s Jake Lee pitched the first complete game for the Yellow Jackets in four seasons last Sunday afternoon, 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.
• Saturday afternoon’s contest at 12:30 p.m. will be Senior Day! The Yellow Jackets will recognize its five seniors who are in their final year of eligibility at Tech in Keenan Innis (Cumming, Ga.), Jonathan King (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Ryan Peurifoy (Peachtree City, Ga.), Coleman Poje (Atlanta, Ga.) and Zac Ryan (Valparaiso, Ind.).
• No. 6 Ryan Peurifoy has been on fire as of late at the plate, as the senior outfielder is on a career-long 18-game hitting streak. During his hitting streak, Peurifoy has hit a team-high .426 (29-for-68) with three home runs, five doubles, 18 RBIs, 12 runs scored and a slugging percentage of .632.
• A total of seven different Jackets have recorded five home runs or more at the plate this season. Led by Joey Bart’s team-high 13 home runs, Kel Johnson and Coleman Poje both have 10 long balls apiece on the year. Freshman Kyle McCann (8), senior Ryan Peurifoy (7), sophomore Brandt Stallings (6) and junior Trevor Craport (5) are the other four Yellow Jackets with five home runs or more on the year.
• No. 8 Virginia will be the sixth top-12 nationally ranked opponent for the Yellow Jackets this season. Tech played then No. 12 Oklahoma (Mar. 14), then No. 9 North Carolina (Mar. 17-19), then No. 5 Clemson (Mar. 31-April 2), at then No. 7 Auburn (April 4) and versus No. 2 Louisville (April 13-15).
• This season the Jackets have been nearly unbeatable when leading going into the ninth inning. Tech is 22-1 this year when leading into after eight innings of play. The Jackets are also 3-2 on the season when tied after eight innings.
• Counting sophomore catcher Joey Bart, who has missed each of the Jackets’ last six games due to an injury, head coach Danny Hall and his team have had 10 different players miss multiple games in succession this season due to injuries.
JACKETS AND CAVALIERS
• Georgia Tech is 72-53-2 all-time versus the Virginia Cavaliers dating back to the two programs’ first meeting back in 1924.
• The Yellow Jackets are 38-16-2 at home versus UVA, including winning the final two games of the three-game home series versus the Cavaliers back in 2015.
• Tech won the last meeting between these two teams, a 5-4 win back on May 15, 2016 in Charlottesville, Va. However, the Cavaliers have won three of the last four games and seven of the last 10 meetings.
TECH VERSUS TEAMS FROM THE STATE OF VIRGINIA
• The Yellow Jackets are 2-1 versus teams from the state of Virginia this season.
• Tech went 2-1 in a three-game series against Virginia Tech back on April 21-22 in Blacksburg, Va.
EXPECT SOME OFFENSIVE FIREWORKS
• In the final ACC series of the regular season, fans can expect some offensive fireworks between the Yellow Jackets and the Cavaliers.
• Both the Yellow Jackets (4th-.286) and Cavaliers (1st-.323) are ranked in the top four in the ACC in team batting.
• The two teams have also combined for a total of 120 home runs on the season (Tech – 67 and UVA – 53).
A WHOLE LOT ON THE LINE FOR THE JACKETS THIS WEEK
• There is a whole lot on the line for the Jackets this weekend, as Tech takes on No. 8 Virginia.
• The Yellow Jackets are fighting to secure a spot in next week’s 2017 ACC Baseball Championship. Tech, who is currently tied for 10th in the regular season standings would be the No. 11 seed in next week’s conference tournament, as the Jackets are in front of Virginia Tech, Boston College and Pittsburgh.
• Since joining the ACC in 1980, the Jackets have made the ACC postseason tournament every year, a span of 37 straight seasons.
• The Jackets, who enter play versus Virginia at 26-24 overall, have never had a losing season under head coach Danny Hall since he took the reins of the program back in 1994.
2017 SENIOR DAY
• The Yellow Jackets will hold its 2017 Senior Day on Saturday, May 20, at 12:10 p.m. prior to first pitch set for 12:30 p.m.
• Georgia Tech will recognize its five seniors who are in their final year of eligibility at Tech in Keenan Innis (Cumming, Ga.), Jonathan King (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Ryan Peurifoy (Peachtree City, Ga.), Coleman Poje (Atlanta, Ga.) and Zac Ryan (Valparaiso, Ind.).
ROLLER COASTER OF A RIDE THIS SEASON
• The Jackets have had a roller coaster ride of a season in 2017.
• First 15 games (11-4)
* Offense: .323 avg., 27 HR, 3 3B, 40 2B, 179 total hits, 119 RBIs, 129 runs, 8.6 runs per game
* Pitching: 5.13 ERA, 89 runs, 77 ER, 135 hits, 73 BB, 124 K
• Next 19 games (5-14)
* Offense: .255 avg., 19 HR, 0 3B, 35 2B, 171 total hits, 84 RBIs, 93 runs, 4.9 runs per game
* Pitching: 5.77 ERA, 129 runs, 109 ER, 186 hits, 110 BB, 134 K
• Last 16 games (10-6)
* Offense: .289 avg., 21 HR, 7 3B, 36 2B, 159 total hits, 90 RBIs, 97 runs, 6.1 runs per game
* Pitching: 4.22 ERA, 73 runs, 66 ER, 130 hits, 54 BB, 104 K