April 10, 2006
ATLANTA–Tenth-ranked Georgia Tech (25-8, 8-7 ACC) hosts No. 23 Georgia (21-10, 5-7 SEC) in the first of three scheduled regular season meetings on Wednesday at 7 p.m at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Yellow Jackets and Bulldogs will play on Apr. 26 in Athens and on May 10 at Turner Field.
Georgia Tech is ranked as high as No. 11 in the national polls this week after winning two of three games at Virginia Tech last weekend. Tech spent three weeks earlier this season ranked No. 1 in the nation, the 11th time in school history the Yellow Jackets have topped the national polls.
The Yellow Jackets began the 2006 season with 16 straight wins before dropping their first game, and Tech’s 16-0 start tied for the second best in school history. Tech set a school record with a 17-0 record in 2003, and opened 16-0 in 1987.
Following Wednesday’s game, the Yellow Jackets will host No. 4 Clemson for a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series this weekend at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Pitching Matchups: (Georgia Tech vs. Georgia)
LHP David Duncan (2-1, 5.57) vs. RHP Iain Sebastian (0-0, 7.71)
GAME COVERAGE: Radio coverage on WREK-FM (91.1 FM in Atlanta / online at: www.wrek.org). Live statistics available at www.ramblinwreck.com.
Georgia Tech vs. Georgia
In one of the longest running rivalries in the nation, Georgia leads Georgia Tech 187-142-2 in a series that dates to 1898.
The Yellow Jackets hold an 81-68-1 egde in games played in Atlanta, while the Bulldogs hold a 106-49 advantage in games played in Athens. Tech and Georgia have played every year since 1946 when the series was suspended for three years during World War II.
The 330-game series is Tech’s longest against any opponent. The Yellow Jackets’ next longest series are 224 games against Auburn and 183 games against Clemson.
Tech has had the upper hand in recent years, posting a 40-26 record against Georgia since 1988. Georgia, however, has won six of the last nine meetings.
Last year, rain forced the regular three-game series to be shortened to two games. The Yellow Jackets won 12-2 at Russ Chandler Stadium and the Bulldogs won 11-8 at Turner Field.
Georgia Tech is 27-19 against Georgia under head coach Danny Hall.
Home, Sweet Home
Georgia Tech is 17-3 within the friendly confines of Russ Chandler Stadium in 2006, and is just 8-5 in games away from home.
Tech’s pitching staff has performed much better at home in 2006:
Site ERA Opp/Avg. BB/9IP K/9IPHome 3.50 .254 3.3 7.6Road/Neutral 6.09 .318 5.1 7.4
Interestingly, Tech’s hitters are batting .299 at home while posting a .336 average in road and neutral games.
Versus the State of Georgia
Georgia Tech is 7-1 against teams from the state of Georgia in 2006, posting a 3-0 record vs. Kennesaw State, a 3-1 record vs. Georgia Southern and a 1-0 record vs. Georgia State. Since 1999, Georgia Tech owns a 70-18 (.795) record against its in-state foes. The Yellow Jackets are 113-35 (.764) against teams from Georgia in 13 years under head coach Danny Hall.