March 9, 2017
THE FLATS – No. 16 Georgia Tech will open up ACC play this weekend on the road at Mark Light Field in Coral Gables, Fla. versus Coastal Division foe Miami. The Jackets and Hurricanes will play a three-game weekend series on Friday (7 p.m.), Saturday (7 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE
• All three games will be video streamed live on ACC Network Extra and the WatchESPN App.
• Live stats can be found at hurricanesports.com. A link to live stats can also be found on the baseball schedule page at RamblinWreck.com or at the top of this page.
• Wiley Ballard will also call the action live over the radio air waves on WREK 91.1 FM.
• Georgia Tech is just one ACC regular season win away from No. 500. The Jackets enter the opening ACC weekend of play with an overall conference regular season record of 499-353-2 (.585).
• Sophomore catcher Joey Bart was named the National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and the ACC Player of the Week on Monday, March 6, for his play last week. He added Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week honors on Tuesday, March 7.
• Over the first three innings this season, the Jackets have outscored their opponents 59-20 overall on the year. In fact, the Jackets have totaled double digit runs (10 or more) in each of the first three innings on the year – (26-1st, 19-2nd, 14-3rd).
• The Jackets rank fourth in that nation in home runs by a team this season with 22 and are third nationally with an average of 2.00 home runs per contest. Joey Bart is second in the nation with seven home runs, while Kel Johnson ranks fifth with six.
• Georgia Tech cleanup hitter Kel Johnson totaled a team-high five RBIs in the Jackets’ 12-5 win over the Georgia State Panthers on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The five RBI performance is a career-high, which he has done a total of three times overall. Johnson is fifth in the ACC with 20 RBIs on the season.
• Tech’s offense has been the key this season, as the Yellow Jackets are a perfect 6-0 on the season when recording more hits than their opponent. GT is also 6-1 when the Jackets score in the first inning.
• Georgia Tech has a total of seven starters hitting over .300 on the season in Wade Bailey (.458), Austin Wilhite (.457), Joey Bart (.457), Chase Murray (.350), Kel Johnson (.348), Trevor Craport (.333) and Kyle McCann (.316).
• Junior lead-off hitter Wade Bailey is second in the ACC and sixth in the nation in doubles with eight on the season. He leads the nation in runs scored with 24 and in runs scored per game at 2.18 per contest on the season.
• The Jackets have scored a total of 105 runs thus far this season over the first 11 games. That is an average of 9.5 runs per outing for the Tech offense.
• Tech ranks 10th in the nation overall as a team with a batting average of .339 on the season. The Jackets also sit in 10th overall in scoring with an average of 9.5 runs per game this season.
VERSUS THE CANES OF MIAMI
• Georgia Tech is 36-58-2 all-time versus the Miami Hurricanes on the diamond.
• After winning three straight over the Canes in 2014, including a 6-3 win in the ACC Tournament, the Jackets have gone just 1-6 against Miami over the last two years.
• Miami handed Georgia Tech its first loss in the 2016 ACC Tournament last season to knock the Jackets down into the loser’s bracket.
ACC PRESEASON PREDICTIONS
• The Yellow Jackets were picked to finish fourth in the Coastal Division in the 2017 ACC Preseason Coaches Poll, released back in October.
• Miami was picked just one spot ahead of the Jackets in third-place in the division.
• The two teams combined for a total of four first-place votes (Miami 3, Tech 1).
JACKETS IN ACC OPENERS LAST 10 YEARS
• Georgia Tech is 6-4 overall in ACC openers over the last 10 years dating back to 2007.
• The Yellow Jackets are a combined 19-11 on opening weekend of conference play since 2007, including going 3-0 and sweeping the series in 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.
• For the second straight season, the Jackets will open up ACC play on the road and in the state of Florida. Last year, Tech played in Tallahassee, Fla. at Florida State on the opening weekend of conference play.
ANY DAY BUT SUNDAY
• The Yellow Jackets have played well this season and are 9-2 overall on the year. However, the Jackets are just 1-2 on Sundays this year having suffered losses to Youngstown State and Belmont after taking wins in each of the first two games of the three-game weekend series.
• On every other day then Sunday, the Jackets are a perfect 8-0.
• Miami has also struggled on Sundays this year as well having gone 0-3 on the year.
STILL NEW TO THE ROAD IN 2017
• Georgia Tech is just 1-0 on the road this season. The Yellow Jackets defeated Georgia Southern 10-3 in Statesboro, Ga. on Feb. 21.
• Last season, Tech was 11-10 overall in true road contests.
• Georgia Tech returns to Russ Chandler Stadium for a five-game homestand versus Oklahoma, North Carolina and Auburn.
• The Jackets welcome the nationally ranked Oklahoma Sooners to The Flats for a midweek game on Tuesday, Mar. 14, at 6 p.m.