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No. 10 Tech Baseball Looks to Win ACC Regular Season This Weekend at Maryland

May 19, 2004

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ATLANTA–No. 10 Georgia Tech (35-17, 15-5 ACC) concludes the 2004 regular season this weekend with a three game series against Maryland (21-29, 4-17) at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md.

The streaking Yellow Jackets have won 14 straight games overall and a school-record 13 straight against ACC opponents to into a tie for first place in the ACC standings with Virginia (18-6). Tech can clinch first place in the regular season with three wins at Maryland this weekend, while one win over the Terrapins will lock up second place. Virginia completed its regular season conference schedule with a three-game sweep of Wake Forest last weekend.

Tech’s 14-game win streak is the longest current streak in the nation.

GAME COVERAGE: Live statistics will be available on the internet at www.ramblinwreck.com. Radio coverage will be available on WREK-FM (91.1 FM in Atlanta) and on the internet at www.wrek.org.

GEORGIA TECH vs. MARYALND

*** Georgia Tech leads Maryland, 52-18, in a series that dates to 1921. The Yellow Jackets hold a 17-12 advantage in games played at Maryland, and Tech is 32-5 in games played in Atlanta.

*** The Yellow Jackets have won four straight, 15 of the last 16, and 26 of the last 28 meetings against the Terrapins. Maryland’s lone wins in the series since 1994 are a 4-1, 7-inning victory in 1998 and a 9-8 win in 2002. Tech has won the regular season season series every year since 1988 when three games were played.

*** Last year in Atlanta, Tech swept the three game series by scores of 13-7, 12-4 and 20-6. In game one, Georgia Tech scored in seven of its eight innings, and Brandon Boggs had four hits and four RBI. In game two, Andrew Kown worked six innings and allowed two runs, and Micah Owings homered and drove in four runs. In the series finale, Steven Blackwood had a grand slam and six RBI off the bench, and Mike Nickeas, Clifton Remole and Matt Murton also hit home runs.

*** Georgia Tech is 27-3 against Maryland under head coach Danny Hall.

STREAKING JACKETS

Georgia Tech has won 14 straight games overall and 13 straight against ACC opponents. The Yellow Jackets’ current win streak has been highlighted by a resurgence from the pitching staff, including starters working more innings and relievers holding the lead. In the current 14-game win streak, the Yellow Jackets have scored seven or more runs in 13 games, including eight games with nine or more runs. Tech is averaging 9.5 runs per game in the current win streak.

The Yellow Jackets’ 13 consecutive wins against conference opponents is a new school record.

YEAR    CONSECUTIVE ACC WINS    FINAL ACC RECORD2004    13                      ???1997    11                      19-42000    9                       18-6
LONGEST CONFERENCE WIN STREAKS IN ACC HISTORYWINS    SCHOOL          YEAR(S)1.  21  Clemson         1987-88    21  North Carolina  1963-653.  17  Florida State   19964.  14  Clemson         1975-76    14  Clemson         1993-946.  13  Georgia Tech    2004

“5” – THE MAGIC NUMBER

Georgia Tech is 26-2 this season when the Yellow Jackets allow five runs or less. Tech’s only two losses when allowing five or less runs are against Virginia (3-4 and 1-2).

Since the arrival of pitching coach Bobby Moranda prior to the 2002 season, the Yellow Jackets are 98-6 when allowing five runs or less. Tech went 34-2 in 2003 and 38-2 in 2002 when allowing five runs or less. When allowing six or more runs, the Yellow Jackets are 31-45 since 2002, including a 9-15 mark this season.

THE BROOM

Georgia Tech has swept each of the last four Atlantic Coast Conference series, and the Yellow Jackets have swept 50 weekend series since the conference adopted the current three-game round-robin format in 1987. Since 1987 Tech has won 90 of 139 (.647) ACC series, including six of seven series in 2004.

Georgia Tech Probable Starting Pitching
FRI: Micah Owings So., RHP (7-2, 3.44)
SAT: Andrew Kown Jr., RHP (8-1, 3.77)
SUN: TBA

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