Feb. 17, 2005
ATLANTA–Georgia Tech (2-1), ranked as high as No. 14 in the Collegiate Baseball poll, hosts Iona (0-0) for a three-game series this weekend at Russ Chandler Stadium. The series opens on Friday at 4 p.m., and the teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Yellow Jackets dropped their season opener last Friday to Georgia State, collecting just four hits in a 5-2 loss to the Panthers. But Tech bounced back with a two-game sweep at Georgia Southern, racking up 29 hits in 10-6 and 13-6 wins.
Junior right fielder Jeremy Slayden (.385-2-6), who missed all but nine games last year with a shoulder injury, and sophomore third baseman Wes Hodges (.462-2-4), who did not play in the final month of the 2004 season after suffering a broken cheekbone, both returned to the lineup and made an immediate impact last weekend. Both players hit two home runs in the three games and combined for seven extra base hits and 10 RBI.
The rest of the Tech lineup features catchers Andy Hawranick (.000-0-1) and Matt Wieters (.167-0-1), first baseman Whit Robbins (.200-0-3), second baseman Mike Trapani (.364-1-3), shortstop Tyler Greene (.000-0-0), left fielder Steven Blackwood (.417-0-5), and center fielder Danny Payne (.333-0-0).
Tech’s starting rotation will remain the same for the second consecutive weekend. Junior RHP Jason Neighborgall (0-0, 1.80) will start Friday, sophomore LHP Lee Hyde (0-0, 9.00) will start Sunday, and sophomore RHP Blake Wood (1-0, 5.40) will get the ball in game three on Sunday.
Following this weekend’s series, Tech will visit Georgia State on Tuesday at 3 p.m. before hosting Rutgers for a three-game series next weekend at Russ Chandler Stadium.
WEEKEND COVERAGE: Live statistics for all three games this weekend will be available on the internet at www.ramblinwreck.com.
GEORGIA TECH VS. IONA — SERIES NOTES
Georgia Tech and Iona are meeting for the second time on the diamond. The Yellow Jackets and Gaels split a pair of eight-inning games in the 1990 Rainbow Spring Tournament in Honolulu. Iona won the first meeting, 4-1, and Tech won the second game, 15-1.