May 13, 2004
ATLANTA–No. 15 Georgia Tech (31-17, 12-5 ACC) hosts No. 20 Clemson (32-18, 12-6) for a three-game series this weekend at Russ Chandler Stadium. The series begins on Friday at 7 p.m., and continues on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. each day.
The streaking Yellow Jackets have won 10 straight games overall and 10 straight against ACC opponents to jump to second place in the ACC standings. Tech is percentage points behind conference leader Virginia (15-6), while Clemson stands in third place with a 12-6 record in ACC play.
Following the series, Georgia Tech will host Georgia State on Tuesday before closing the regular season at Maryland next weekend.
GAME COVERAGE: Live statistics will be available on the internet at www.ramblinwreck.com. Fox Sports Net South will televise the games on Friday and Saturday. Radio coverage for Friday and Sunday will be available on 790 The Zone (790 AM in Atlanta) and on the internet at www.790thezone.com. Saturday’s game will be available on WREK-FM (91.1 FM in Atlanta) and on the internet at www.wrek.org.
GEORGIA TECH VS. CLEMSON
*** Clemson leads Georgia Tech, 89-84-3, in a series that dates to 1902. The Yellow Jackets hold a 61-38-2 advantage in games played in Atlanta, while the Tigers hold a 38-6-1 edge in Clemson. Tech and Georgia have played every year since 1955 with the exception of 1973.
*** The 176-game series is Tech’s third-longest against any opponent. The Yellow Jackets’ longest series are 327 games against Georgia and 222 games against Auburn.
*** Clemson has won five in a row in the series since a meeting in the 2002 ACC Tournament. The Tigers won a matchup in the 2002 College World Series, and then swept the three-game series in Clemson last year. Prior to Clemson’s current streak, Tech won seven of 11 games from 2000 through the 2002 regular season.
*** Last year at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Clemson swept the three game series by scores of 9-7 (10 innings), 10-5 and 11-3. In the opening game of the series, Tech held a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the 10th inning before Clemson’s Brad McCann hit a game-winning three-run homer. The Tigers’ Michael Johnson went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI in game two. In game three Clemson broke open a 4-3 game with four runs in the seventh and three runs in the eighth.
*** Georgia Tech is 14-23 against Clemson under head coach Danny Hall.
Georgia Tech has won 10 straight games overall and 10 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 10-game win streak, the Yellow Jackets have scored seven or more runs in nine games, including six games with nine or more runs. Tech is averaging 9.4 runs per game in the current win streak.
The Yellow Jackets’ 10 consecutive wins against conference opponents is the most since the 1997 team won 11 straight to open conference play.
“5” – THE MAGIC NUMBER
Georgia Tech is 22-2 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 94-6 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.
PATTERSON CLIMBS TECH STOLEN BASE CHARTS
Junior second baseman Eric Patterson owns 115 career stolen bases, which ranks second in Tech history. Ty Griffin (1986-88) holds the school record with 127 stolen bases. Patterson’s 41 steals as a freshman in 2002 was the second highest single season total in school history, while his total of 35 in 2003 stands as the seventh best single season total. Patterson currently owns three of the top nine single season totals in stolen bases.
Patterson has a current streak of 24 straight steals without being caught. The Tech record for consecutive stolen bases is 35, set by Nomar Garciaparra (1992-94).