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No. 10 Tech Set For In-State Battle At Georgia Southern Wednesday

Feb. 21, 2012

 No. 10 Georgia Tech (3-1) at No. 30 GeorgiaSouthern (3-0)  Game 5 Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m. at Georgia Southern (3-0) Location Statesboro, Ga. | J.I. Clements Stadium | Weather Radio  WREK Radio Stats  Webcast Game Info  GameNotes | 2012 MediaGuide | Facebook | Twitter

>> Looking to extend a three-game winning streak, No. 10 Georgia Tech battles in-state rival No. 30 Georgia Southern Wednesday night in a battle of Top 30-ranked clubs in Statesboro. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. and the game can be heard live on WREK Radio, 91.1 FM in Atlanta, and on

>> Tech took three of the four meetings last season from Georgia Southern, has won eight of the last 10, is 58-16 under head coach Danny Hall versus the Eagles and owns a lead in the all-time series, 89-28, that dates back to 1947.

>> The Yellow Jackets won three of four this past weekend at the Coca-Cola Classic, hosted by Winthrop University. Tech dropped the Friday opener to Kent State, 5-0, but rebounded to beat Winthrop, 5-0 in the nightcap. Saturday saw the Jackets clip Kent State, 6-2, and Winthrop, 5-3.

>> Sophomore RHP Jonathan Roberts gets the call Wednesday night versus the Eagles and it’ll be the first career start for the Fayetteville, Ga. native.

>> Tech welcomes back 23 letterwinners from a 2011 team that finished 42-21, won a share of the ACC Coastal Division title with a 22-8 league mark and reached the NCAA Regional for the 27th time in school history.

>> Georgia Tech opens its home schedule with a three-game set versus Ohio State this weekend at Russ Chandler Stadium.

>> Georgia Tech finished the 2011 season at 42-21 overall, was 22-8 in Atlantic Coast Conference play and shared the Coastal Division Championship with Virginia.

>> The 22 ACC wins tied a school record (2005) and the Coastal Division crown was Tech’s first since that same season.

>> Tech reached the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-consecutive season, the 11th time in 12 years, the 16th time in head coach Danny Hall’s 18 years and the 27th time in school history.

>> The Yellow Jackets hosted an NCAA Regional for the ninth time since 2000 and the 11th time overall.

>> Georgia Tech lost four juniors from the 2011 team to the MLB Draft — LHP Jed Bradley (1st Round, Milwaukee), 3B Matt Skole (5th, Washington), RHP Mark Pope (5th, San Diego), IF/RHP Jacob Esch (11th, Florida) — and one senior RHP Kevin Jacob (31st, St. Louis).

>> Georgia Tech returns 23 letterwinners (11 starters) for the 2012 season, including Preseason All-America picks Buck Farmer (junior RHP), Brandon Thomas (junior LF) and Kyle Wren (sophomore CF).

>> Wren was a First Team All-ACC pick last season and a First Team Freshman All-America, while Farmer garnered Second Team All-ACC honors along with Jake Davies (senior 1B).

>> Of Tech’s 11 incoming freshmen, three were selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft — RHP Cole Pitts (32nd Round, Cleveland), C A.J. Murray (48th, Houston) and OF Charles Sheffield (49th, Oakland).

>> Georgia Tech was picked second in the Coastal Division behind North Carolina, in the preseason poll of the league’s 12 head coaches.

>> UNC was also the pick as the overall conference championship, with the Yellow Jackets second.

>> Tech took three of the four meetings last season from Georgia Southern, has won eight of the last 10, is 58-16 under head coach Danny Hall versus the Eagles and owns a lead in the all-time series, 89-28, that dates back to 1947.

>> The Jackets are 50-14 versus the Eagles at Russ Chandler Stadium and 38-14 away from home in the series. Of the last five Tech losses in the series, four have come at J.I. Clements Stadium.

>> Having spent his entire coaching career involved with winning programs, Danny Hall’s tenure at Georgia Tech has been his most successful, as he is the all-time winningest baseball coach in Yellow Jacket history with 782 victories at the school.

>> Now in his 19th season on the Flats, Hall is just 10 victories shy of becoming the 46th Division-I baseball coach all-time to reach 1,000 career wins.

>> Entering 2012, he was ranked 13th among active Division-I coaches in winning percentage (.679), and is 16th among active D-I coaches in number of victories (987).

>> Hall has led Tech to the NCAA Tournament on 16 occasions and guided the Yellow Jackets to the College World Series in 1994, 2002 and 2006, the only head coach in the program’s storied history to reach the promised land of Omaha.

>> The Yellow Jackets got three quality starts in four games last weekend from junior RHP Buck Farmer, sophomore RHP Matthew Grimes and sophomore RHP Dusty Isaacs.

>> Although on the wrong end of a 5-0 loss, Farmer fired six innings Friday versus the Golden Flashes and allowed just two earned runs, one walk and matched his career-high of nine strikeouts.

>> Grimes was brilliant Friday in getting Tech its first win, firing seven shutout innings and allowing just one hit with seven Ks in the 5-0 win. Sophomore Zane Evans pitched the final two innings and produced Tech’s first combined one-hitter since 1994.

>> Isaacs allowed the Jackets to exact revenge on Kent State Saturday, firing seven innings and allowing just five hits, one earned run, one walk and three strikeouts in a 6-2 victory.

>> Zane Evans, who did not pitch for the Jackets last season, was solid in two scoreless relief appearances last weekend. He set down six-consecutive (four strikeouts) Friday to seal the one-hitter, then Sunday versus Winthrop, he recorded his first career save with a spotless ninth (two more Ks).

>> Tech displayed balance offensively over its 3-1 start, getting at least two hits from 10 different players and seeing 10 players score the team’s 16 runs last weekend

>> Sophomore backup catcher Mitch Earnest — a walk-on last season — hit .571 (4-for-7) with a double and four RBI. Fellow sophomore RF Paul Kronenfeld was 4-for-10 with a double and a run. Earnest and Kronenfeld played just 31 games with five hits and one RBI combined last season.

>> And it didn’t take sophomore 1B Daniel Palka long to rekindle his rookie power. Palka, who launched 12 homers last season, had five hitts on the weekend with a double, triple, homer, two RBI and four runs.

>> With an appearance in the 2011 NCAA Atlanta Regional, Georgia Tech returned to the NCAA Tournament for the 25th time in the last 27 years. The Yellow Jackets have played in the NCAA Tournament every year since 1985 with the exception of the 1999 and 2007 seasons, and made its 27th overall postseason appearance in history last year.

>> Since 2002, Georgia Tech has appeared in nine NCAA Regionals, three NCAA Super Regionals and two College World Series (2002 and 2006).

>> Prior to its recent streak, Georgia Tech has participated in the NCAA playoff just twice, in 1959 and 1971, with an additional play-in tournament appearance in 1948.

>> Georgia Tech made its first trip to the College World Series in 1994, advancing to the championship game before falling to Oklahoma, 13-5.

>> Georgia Tech has been ranked in the preseason Top 25 by at least one of the major polls (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, USA Today/Baseball Weekly) in each of Danny Hall’s 19 seasons as the Yellow Jackets’ skipper.

>> Tech has been a preseason Top 10 pick in eight of the last 14 years and a Top 5 selection in four of the last 12.

>> A record 43 baseball games involving ACC teams, including all 13 games of the ACC Baseball Championship in Greensboro, N.C., will be broadcast by the conference’s television partners this season.

>> Tech will tie a school record with 15 regular-season television games this season (2003), including six games as part of the ACC’s package — one nationally-televised contest at North Carolina (April 22) on ESPNU — and seven others on CSS.

>> Additional games on ESPN3, CSS and FS-South are possible and all non-TV home games will be streamed live at

>> Radio broadcasts of every Tech game — home and road — can be heard over the air on WREK (91.1), the flagship station of Georgia Tech baseball, and at

>> Junior RHP Buck Farmer and sophomore CF Kyle Wren were named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason All-America Team, and Farmer also earned a spot on the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America list.

>> Junior LF Brandon Thomas earned mention on the Baseball America Preseason All-America team, which is selected by a panel of Major League Baseball scouting directors.

>> Sophomore Zane Evans was selected the No. 9 catcher nationally and junior Luke Bard was picked the No. 10 reliever in the nation by Perfect Game.

>> In College Baseball Daily’s list of the Top 100 college baseball players this season, Farmer was listed at No. 20 and sophomore 1B/OF/LHP Daniel Palka was 29th.

>> The Jackets earned a share of the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title after finishing the regular season with a 22-8 conference record.

>> Tech and Virginia, both in the ACC Coastal Division, finished with identical records. It was the first regular season title for the Jackets since the 2005 season.

>> Tech’s 22 conference wins during the 2011 season tied a school-record, previously set in 2005.

>> The 2011 freshman class was the largest in the nation of all the major conferences. All 17 of Tech’s newcomers saw action last season, 10 made starts — including six newcomers starting on Opening Day. >> The class, which is the largest ever brought in during coach Hall’s tenure, earned a No. 6 national ranking and the No. 1 overall ranking in the state.

>> Luke Bard — His brother Daniel is former UNC standout and current Red Sox pitcher.

>> Jake Davies — Brother of Kansas City Royals starting right-hander Kyle Davies, who was drafted by the Atlanta Braves out of high school.

>> Jonathan Roberts — Great uncle Mickey Babb played football for Georgia from 1961-1963 (All-SEC in 1962) and the Philadelphia Eagles in 1964.

>> Kyle & Colby Wren — The twins are the sons of current Braves GM Frank Wren. Wren was the Vice President of the Florida Marlins in 1997 when the franchise won its first ever World Series.

>> Jamal Golden — His cousin, Reggie Golden, was selected in the second round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs

>> Connor Lynch — His grandfather, Jerry Lynch, played in the MLB for 13 years with the Pirates and Reds, and roomed with Roberto Clemente and Bill Mazarowski.

>> A.J. Murray — His brother Michael was a standout catcher at Wake Forest, and currently plays for the San Francisco Giants organization.

>> Charles Sheffield — His uncle, Dan Reeves, is a former player in the NFL and head coach of the Atlanta Falcons when the Falcons advanced to their only Super Bowl in franchise history in 1998.


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