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No. 6 Georgia Tech Baseball Visits Clemson For Weekend Series

April 28, 2005

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CLEMSON, S.C.–Sixth-ranked Georgia Tech (30-11, 16-5 ACC) visits Clemson (27-16, 12-6 ACC) for a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series this weekend at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The series begins on Friday at 7:15 p.m., and continues on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. The games on Friday and Saturday will be televised by CSS.

The Yellow Jackets are in a stretch of seven straight games away from Russ Chandler Stadium, and Tech does not return to its home park until May 6. Tech is 0-4 on the current stretch away from home.

Tech dropped a series to Virginia last weekend, snapping a string of 13 consecutive ACC weekend series wins. The Yellow Jackets are second in the league standings, percentage points behind league leader North Carolina (14-4-1). Miami (15-5-1), Clemson (12-6), Florida State (10-8) and NC State (11-10) round out the ACC’s top six.

Yellow Jacket head coach Danny Hall won his 505th (currently 514-222 in 12 years) game at Georgia Tech on Mar. 27 in Miami, eclipsing the previous school record of 504 wins held by current Miami head coach Jim Morris (504-244-1 record at Georgia Tech from 1982-1993).

For the year, Tech leads the ACC in batting .338 and runs scored ( 10.0 per game). The Yellow Jackets have scored at least nine runs in 28 of 41 games, reaching double figure scoring in 20 games.

The Tech lineup features catchers Andy Hawranick (.299AVG/.372OBP/.477SLG, 4HR, 24RBI) and Matt Wieters (.409/.518/.620, 6, 44), first baseman Whit Robbins (.252/.423/.379, 1, 26), second basemen Mike Trapani (.314/.433/.400, 1, 12) and Michael Fisher (.319/.385/.553, 2, 16), shortstop Tyler Greene (.329/.418/.535, 7, 47), third baseman Wes Hodges (.417/.487/.673, 9, 37), left fielder Steven Blackwood (.359/.431/.536, 5, 52), center fielder Danny Payne (.310/.433/.437, 3, 29), and right fielders Jeremy Slayden (.364/.462/.593, 10, 48) and Jeff Kindel (.354/.484/.551, 3, 36).

PITCHING MATCHUP (Georgia Tech vs. Clemson):Friday: LHP Lee Hyde (5-2, 4.14) vs. RHP Stephen Faris (4-2, 1.20)Saturday: RHP Blake Wood (7-1, 3.39) vs. LHP Robert Rohrbaugh (5-2, 4.27)Sunday: TBA vs. RHP Kris Harvey (5-2, 4.55)

GAME COVERAGE: Live statistics on the internet at www.ramblinwreck.com. Radio coverage on WREK (91.1 FM in Atlanta) and on the internet at www.wrek.org. Games on Friday and Saturday will be televised by CSS.

GEORGIA TECH VS. CLEMSON

Clemson leads Georgia Tech, 89-88-3, in a series that dates to 1902. The Tigers hold a 38-16-1 advantage in games played on their home field. The 180-game series is Tech’s third longest against any opponent, trailing a 331 games against Georgia and 224 games against Auburn.

Tech has won four straight games against Clemson, snapping the Tigers’ five-game winning streak in the series. Last year, the Yellow Jackets swept three games in Atlanta, winning by scores of 8-3, 11-3 and 8-4. Tech won a fourth game in the ACC Tournament, an 11-7, 13-inning thriller.

Tech is 18-23 against Clemson under head coach Danny Hall, but the Yellow Jackets are just 2-12 in games played at Clemson in his coaching tenure. Tech has lost eight of its last nine games at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Since 2000, Georgia Tech holds a narrow 11-9 lead in the series.

TECH SETS ACC RECORD WITH 25 STRAIGHT CONFERENCE WINS

The Yellow Jackets won 16 straight ACC games to finish the 2004 season, a new school record, after starting the year 2-5 in conference play. Tech opened the 2005 season with nine straight league wins to extend its win streak in conference play to an ACC-record 25 games.

The streak was snapped on Mar. 25 at Miami. Nevertheless, Tech has won 32 of its last 37 ACC games.

STREAKING IN THE ACC

Georgia Tech has enjoyed unprecedented success within the Atlantic Coast Conference over the last two seasons, winning the ACC regular season title in 2004 with an 18-5 league record, and is among the leaders in the ACC standings in 2005 with a 16-5 mark.

Tech had a conference-record 25-game ACC win streak snapped on Mar. 25 at Miami, but the Yellow Jackets have won 32 of their last 37 ACC games.

The Yellow Jackets had a streak of 13 straight ACC series wins snapped last weekend at Virginia. Tech has won 19 of is last 20 ACC home games and 18 of its last 23 ACC road games.

Georgia Tech has streaked out to a 9-0 record in ACC play to start the 2005 season, sweeping series against Duke, Wake Forest and NC State. Tech’s 9-0 record is the second best conference start since joining the ACC in 1980.

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