April 25, 2005
ATLANTA–Sixth-ranked Georgia Tech (30-10, 16-5 ACC) faces in-state rival Georgia (21-18, 6-11 SEC) on Wednesday at Turner Field (7 p.m., FSNS) and on Wednesday at Foley Field in Athens (7 p.m.).
The Yellow Jackets are in a stretch of eight straight games away from Russ Chandler Stadium, and Tech does not return to its home park until May 6. Following the two games against Georgia, Tech visits Clemson for a three-game ACC series this weekend.
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 514-221 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 is batting .344 as a team while scoring an average of 10.1 runs per game. The Yellow Jackets have scored at least nine runs in 28 of 40 games, reaching double figure scoring in 20 games.
The Tech lineup features catchers Andy Hawranick (.294AVG/.371OBP/.471SLG, 4HR, 24RBI) and Matt Wieters (.406/.521/.624, 6, 42), first baseman Whit Robbins (.252/.423/.379, 1, 26), second basemen Mike Trapani (.307/.426/.386, 1, 11) and Michael Fisher (.319/.385/.553, 2, 16), shortstop Tyler Greene (.329/.414/.539, 7, 47), third baseman Wes Hodges (.411/.484/.656, 8, 33), left fielder Steven Blackwood (.356/.426/.537, 5, 52), center fielder Danny Payne (.320/.440/.450, 3, 29), and right fielders Jeremy Slayden (.367/.463/.601, 10, 467 and Jeff Kindel (.361/.494/.566, 3, 36).
PITCHING MATCHUP (Georgia Tech vs. Georgia):Tuesday: LHP Ryan Turner (4-1, 2.70) vs. LHP Mickey Westphal (2-1, 1.08)Wednesday: TBA vs. LHP Jason Fellows (1-0, 4.79)
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. Tuesday’s game will be televised by Fox Sports Net South.
Series Notes vs. Georgia
Georgia leads Georgia Tech, 186-141-2, in a series that dates to 1898. The Bulldogs hold a 106-49 advantage in games played in Athens, while the Yellow Jackets hold an 81-68-1 egde in games played in Atlanta. The series is tied at 12-12-1 in games played at neutral sites. Tech and Georgia have played every year since 1946 when the series was suspended for three years during World War II.
The 330-game series is Tech’s longest against any opponent. The Yellow Jackets’ next longest series are 224 games against Auburn and 180 games against Clemson.
Tech has had the upper hand in recent years, posting a 40-25 record against Georgia since 1988.
The Yellow Jackets won the first meeting of the year last Wednesday at Russ Chandler Stadium, 12-2. In that game, Ryan Turner worked six innings and held the Bulldogs to one run on four hits, while freshman C/1B Matt Wieters went 4-for-4 with a home run and five RBI. Tyler Greene had three hits, including a home run, and Jeff Kindel drove in three runs.
Last year at Turner Field, Tech defeated Georgia, 12-5, in front of 28,836 fans (the second largest crowd in NCAA baseball history). Georgia won the first game played at Turner Field, a 10-3 decision in 2003.
Tech is 27-18 against Georgia under head coach Danny Hall.
VERSUS THE STATE OF GEORGIA
Georgia Tech is 6-1 against teams from the state of Georgia in 2005, posting a 4-0 record vs. Georgia Southern, a 1-0 record vs. Georgia, and a 1-1 mark vs. Georgia State. Since 1999, Georgia Tech owns a 63-16 (.797) record against its in-state foes. The Yellow Jackets are 106-33 (.762) against teams from Georgia in 12 years under head coach Danny Hall.
NCAA Largest Baseball CrowdsSingle Date, All GamesDate Attend. Site TeamsMar. 11, 2004 40,106 Petco Park, San Diego, Calif. San Diego State (4) vs. Houston (0)May 11, 2004 28,836 Turner Field, Atlanta, Ga. Georgia Tech (12) vs. Georgia (5)June 23, 2004 28,216* Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Neb. Texas (7) vs. Georgia (6) South Carolina (5) vs. Cal St. Fullerton (3)Apr. 10, 2002 27,673 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, La. LSU (9) vs. Tulane (5)June 26, 2004 26,604* Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Neb. Cal State Fullerton (6) vs. Texas (4)*denotes College World Series