Feb. 20, 2017
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball will hit the road for the first time of the 2017 season to take on the Georgia Southern Eagles on Tuesday night, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. ET in Statesboro, Ga.
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE
• Tuesday’s tilt will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App.
• Live stats can be found at GSEagles.com. A link to live stats can also be found on the baseball schedule page 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.
• The Yellow Jackets head to Statesboro, Ga. on a five-game winning streak versus Georgia Southern and are 98-31 all-time versus the Eagles on the diamond.
• Georgia Tech has not trailed at all thus far this season. In fact, the Jackets have only been tied with their respective opponents a total of four innings over their first three games of the year.
• Tech has allowed exactly three runs in each of its three games this season. The Jackets defeated BYU 5-3, pounded Marshall 11-3 and beat Western Michigan 8-3 on opening weekend.
• The starting pitching for Tech thus far this year has been superb, as the three starters combined to allow just one run on nine hits while striking out 15 hitters over 14.0 innings of work.
• Three different Jackets have already collected five hits apiece on the season in Chase Murray, Wade Bailey and Trevor Craport. However, they are all second on the team in base knocks behind freshman Austin Wilhite’s team-high six base hits to start the season.
• Georgia Tech posted a seven-run inning in the bottom of the second versus Marshall, its largest run total in a single inning this season. In fact, all of the Jackets’ 24 runs thus far this season have come in a combined eight innings.
• Georgia Tech will wear the road uniforms for the first time this season on Tuesday night versus the Eagles. Last year, Tech was 11-10 in true road games for the year.
• Tech offensively has had a total of nine different players account for at least one run thus far this season for the Yellow Jackets. Defensively, the Jackets have allowed just nine runs all season long and have outscored their opponents 24-9 on the year.
• Coach Hall has used 10 different hurlers out of the bullpen thus far this season. The 10 arms have combined to throw 13.0 innings of relief work.
VERSUS GEORGIA SOUTHERN
• The Yellow Jackets are 98-31 all-time versus the Georgia Southern Eagles, as the two schools have played annually since 1984.
• Under Coach Hall, the Yellow Jackets are 66-19 overall versus Georgia Southern.
• Georgia Tech has won five straight over the Eagles heading into Tuesday night’s contest, including a 16-inning game last year in Statesboro on Feb. 24, 2016.
• The meeting between the two teams last year in Statesboro, Ga. proved to be an historic one, as it ranks as the longest game in Tech’s history.
• The game went 16 innings and lasted over three hours before Brandon Gold hit a game-winning three-run home run in the top of the 16th inning to give the Jackets the 6-5 win.
• The non-conference game on Tuesday night versus Georgia Southern will be the first road game of the young season for the Yellow Jackets who opened up the year with the Atlanta Challenge on Feb. 17-19 at Russ Chandler Stadium.
• Last season, the Yellow Jackets were just 11-10 on the season in true road contests, however, one of those wins was a 6-5 16-inning win at Georgia Southern in February.
FRESH FACES MAKING A SPLASH
• A number of freshmen made their debuts opening weekend for the Yellow Jackets in the Atlanta Challenge in Austin Wilhite, Chase Murray, Xzavion Curry, Kyle McCann, Nick Wilhite, Brenton Sanders, Parker McCoy, Paxton Rigby and Jay Shadday.
• Making the biggest splash of the newcomers in opening weekend was the trio of Austin Wilhite, Murray and Curry.
• Austin Wilhite leads the team with six hits and an average of .667 through the first three games. He also has a team-high .667 slugging percentage and .727 on-base percentage, and has the lone stolen base for the Jackets thus far this season.
• Chase Murray, who like Wilhite started all three games for Tech in the opening weekend of play, went 5-for-11 (.455) and scored three runs for the Jackets. He also recorded an outfield assist from left field in the win over BYU in the season opener.
• Xzavion Curry became just the second true freshman in Tech history to start opening day, joining Kris Wilson who did the feat in 1995. Curry threw 5.0 scoreless innings and struck out five BYU hitters to earn the win in the season opener.
• The Yellow Jackets return home to host Youngstown State for a non-conference weekend series on Feb. 24-26.
• Georgia Tech will then welcome Georgia State (Feb. 28) and Kennesaw State (Mar. 1) to Russ Chandler Stadium for back-to-back non-conference midweek games.