March 8, 2018
Georgia Tech Game Notes (PDF) | Clemson Game Notes (PDF)
* SCHEDULE CHANGE: FRIDAY’S GAME HAS NOW BEEN MOVED TO 4 P.M.*
* SCHEDULE CHANGE: SATURDAY WILL NOW BE A DOUBLEHEADER BEGINNING AT 12 P.M.*
THE FLATS – The No. 30 Yellow Jackets (9-3) open up Atlantic Coast Conference play this weekend at No. 6 Clemson (12-1) in a cross-divisional rivalry showdown at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, S.C. Friday’s game is set for 4 p.m., while Saturday (4 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) will be afternoon starts.
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All three games will be video streamed live over the ACC Network Extra (link located above).
The three ACC games will also be broadcast live on WREK 91.1 FM radio and online at WREK.org.
Live stats for the contest can be found above or on the baseball schedule page at RamblinWreck.com.
Georgia Tech opens up ACC play this weekend on the road at Clemson. This season marks the third-straight season in which the Yellow Jackets have opened up conference play on the road having played at Miami last season in 2017 and at Florida State in 2016. Tech last hosted an ACC weekend opening series in 2015 versus the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The Yellow Jackets are 2-0 thus far this season on the road. Tech defeated Georgia Southern 7-1 in Statesboro, Ga. on Feb. 20 and doubled up Georgia State in a 12-6 win in Panthersville, Ga. this Wednesday. Last season, Georgia Tech went 10-12 in true road contests.
Head coach Danny Hall, who is in his 25th season as the skipper for the White and Gold, is only three wins away from picking up win number 1,000 in a Jackets uniform. He enters ACC play this weekend with 997 career wins as the head coach at Georgia Tech.
It starts at the top, as the Jackets top four hitters in the lineup are all hitting over .326 at the plate on the season. Lead-off hitter, Wade Bailey (.360) is third on the team in hitting, while the two-hole hitter Chase Murray leads the team and the ACC in hitting at .458. Joey Bart (.326) and Tristin English (.327) have combined to hit seven home runs, five doubles and drive in 22 RBIs in the three and four spots in the order.
Tech is in the midst of a five-game road trip, the longest of the season. The Yellow Jackets started the season-long road swing with a 12-6 win at Georgia State on Wednesday night. After the three-game ACC series this weekend at Clemson, Georgia Tech stays on the road to face off with nationally-ranked Auburn in a non-conference midweek clash on Tuesday, Mar. 13.
The sixth inning has been vital to the Jackets this season, as Tech is a perfect 8-0 on the season when leading after the first six innings of play. The Jackets are 9-0 on the year when leading after the seventh and 9-0 when leading after eight innings. On the flip side, GT is just 1-3 when tied or trailing after six complete.
Georgia Tech is a perfect 7-0 this season when out-hitting its opponent for the game and is 7-3 on the season when scoring five runs or more for the contest. The Jackets are also 7-0 when holding its foes to five runs or less in the game.
The Yellow Jackets have a total of eight pitchers that have an ERA of under 2.00 entering play this weekend. Andy Archer, Micah Carpenter, Bailey Combs and Robert Winborne all have an ERA of 0.00 out of the bullpen for Tech this season, while Jared Datoc (0.96) and Jonathan Hughes (1.35) are both under two in a combined eight appearances on the season. Starters Xzavion Curry (1.00) and Connor Thomas (1.42) have also posted ERA’s below 2.00 thus far this season.
Georgia Tech’s pitching staff is averaging just under nine (8.5) strikeouts per nine innings this season. In their nine wins this season, the Yellow Jackets are averaging 8.8 strikeouts per contest. Nine different Tech pitchers have registered five strikeouts or more on the season entering play this weekend at Clemson.
This season, Georgia Tech is 4-1 overall when recording 10 or more strikeouts in a game. Offensively, Tech is 6-2 on the season when posting 10 or more hits at the plate in a contest. Overall, the Jackets are averaging 11.7 hits per contest this season.
Tech wraps up its five-game road swing with a Tuesday night tilt at nationally-ranked Auburn on March 13 at 7 p.m. ET.