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No. 3 Tech Baseball Hosts East Tennessee State in Midweek Series

Feb. 20, 2006

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ATLANTA–Third-ranked Georgia Tech (6-0) hosts East Tennessee State (4-3) for a two-game midweek seriesat Russ Chandler Stadium. Gametimes are 4 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Yellow Jackets are off to a 6-0 start in 2006 with wins over in-state foes Georgia Southern, Georgia State and Kennesaw State. After allowing 25 runs in the its first three games, the Georgia Tech pitching staff held Kennesaw State to just three runs in three games last weekend. The starting rotation of Blake Wood, Lee Hyde and Tim Ladd did not allow a run in 18 innings.

Tech’s offense has been led by 1B Whit Robbins (.444-2-16), 3B Wes Hodges (.458-1-6) and RF Jeff Kindel (.346-1-7).

Pitching Matchups (GT vs. ETSU)
Tuesday: LHP Ryan Turner (0-0, 6.75) vs. LHP Tony Lombardi (0-2, 4.72)
Wednesday: LHP David Duncan (1-0, 8.10) vs. RHP Jeremy Hall (2-0, 3.71)

GAME COVERAGE: Live statistics on the internet will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com.

Georgia Tech vs. East Tennessee State
Georgia Tech leads East Tennessee State, 19-0, in a series that dates to 1967. All 19 of the meetings in the series have come in Atlanta.

The two teams have played three times since 2000. The last meeting came during the 2002 season, when the Yellow Jackets claimed a 6-5, 10-inning victory. Tech won 9-4 in 2001 and 10-6 in 2000.

Pitching Staff Shines vs. Kennesaw State
After allowing 25 runs in its first three games, Georgia Tech’s pitching staff excelled in the three-game series against Kennesaw State. The Yellow Jackets allowed just three runs in the series, one of which was unearned.

Tech’s starting rotation of Blake Wood (6 IP, 0 R), Lee Hyde (7 IP, 0 R) and Tim Ladd (5 IP, 0 R) combined to work 18 innings and did not allow a run. The bullpen allowed two earned runs in nine innings of work.

Swinging the Big Sticks
The Yellow Jackets led the ACC with a .319 team batting average during the 2004 season and a .333 team average in 2005. Tech has hit over .300 as a team in 19 of the last 21 years, and has averaged at least seven runs per game every year since 1981. Tech has led the ACC in batting in six years (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005) under Danny Hall.

The Jackets are batting .307 in their first six games of 2006. Tech has scored 54 runs in six games (9.0 runs per game).

Versus the State of Georgia
Georgia Tech is 6-0 against teams from the state of Georgia in 2006, posting a 3-0 record vs. Kennesaw State, a 2-0 record vs. Georgia Southern and a 1-0 record vs. Georgia State. Since 1999, Georgia Tech owns a 69-17 (.802) record against its in-state foes. The Yellow Jackets are 112-34 (.767) against teams from Georgia in 13 years under head coach Danny Hall.

“5” – The Magic Number
Since the arrival of pitching coach Bobby Moranda prior to the 2002 season, the Yellow Jackets are 139-14 (.908) when allowing five runs or less. The Yellow Jackets are 3-0 when allowing five runs or less in 2006.

Tech went 38-2 in 2002, 34-2 in 2003, 33-3 in 2004 and 31-7 in 2005 when allowing five runs or less. When allowing six or more runs, the Yellow Jackets are 47-59 since 2002.

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