No. 6 Jackets Close Regular Season Home Slate against Georgia State Tuesday

May 17, 2010

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ATLANTA – No. 6 Georgia Tech (41-10) will conclude its regular season home schedule with a midweek game against Georgia State (31-21-1) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Russ Chandler Stadium.

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS:
Tuesday, May 18 (6 p.m.) – Russ Chandler Stadium (Atlanta, Ga.)
Georgia Tech – Brandon Cumpton, Jr., RHP (7-2, 5.34 ERA, 40 K’s)
Georgia State – Will Campbell, Jr., RHP (1-0, 7.65 ERA, 22 K’s)

BROADCAST INFORMATION
The GT radio broadcast can be heard over the air on WREK (91.1), the flagship station of Georgia Tech baseball, and online at RamblinWreck.com. The games can also be heard online, free of charge at www.ramblinwreck.com.

SERIES PREVIEW

Georgia Tech (41-10) will look to improve on its 11-1 recordagainst in-state opponents by closing out the midweek schedule withGeorgia State (31-20-1) … The two teams will meet for the secondtime this season, and 64th overall in the all-time series … Itwill be “$2” Tuesday at the park, with all tickets and concessionsitems for only two dollars each. Winners in six of their last sevengames, the Jackets remain as high as No. 6 in the national rankings(ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll)released Monday … The Jackets havereached 40 wins in a season for the 25th time in school history,and 13th time in 17 years under head coach Danny Hall … Tech (19-8) is tied for second place in the ACCCoastal division with Miami, two games behind conference leaderVirginia (21-6).
The Panthers return 18 letterwinners and five starters (3 position,2 pitchers) from a 2009 team that went 39-22 (12-9 CAA) and won theColonial Athletic Tournament … Georgia State has won 10 of itslast 14 contests, while currently sitting in third place in theColonial Athletic Association standings … The Panthers lead thenation in scoring (11.1), while second in batting average(.367).

SERIES HISTORY

Georgia Tech holds a 55-8 lead in the all-time series against Georgia State … The Jackets have won six of the last seven against the Panthers, and are 31-3 in games played on the Flats … Tech is 31-4 against Georgia State since Danny Hall’s arrival on the Flats in 1994.

Last Meeting:
Sophomore Mark Pope struck out a career-high 11 batters, and combined with the Georgia Tech bullpen to lead Georgia Tech to a 14-3 win over Georgia State Tuesday at the Field at Panthersville on March 20.

UP NEXT
The Jackets will conclude the regular season with a three-game weekend series at Boston College beginning Thursday in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Games times are 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 1 p.m. Sunday.

QUICK NOTES

Georgia Tech ranks third in the ACC in batting (.328) andpitching (.378 ERA), while leading the pack in home runs with 102and sitting second in RBI with 444.
Tech’s starting pitchers have combined for 299 strikeouts in 304.1innings. Deck McGuire leads the way with 99 strikeouts, tied for themost in the conference.
McGuire ranks in the top five in the conference in four differentcategories: Innings pitched (92.2, 1st), Strikeouts (99, T-1st),Wins (T-3rd) and Complete games (2, T-1st).
Sophomore Jed Bradley is the only pitcher in the ACC with nine wins onthe season … Bradley has won five-straight games as Tech’s Sundaystarter, holding a 3.77 ERA with 33 strikeouts in the five outings(31.0 IP).
The Tech bullpen is 8-2 on the year, and a perfect 11-for-11 insave opportunities.
Senior Andrew Robinson has made a team-leading 22 appearances out ofthe bullpen (28.1 innings) … He is 4-0 on the year and hasrecorded six saves.
Tech has hit a home run in 44 of the 51 games this season. Eightdifferent players have gone yard at least six times, and five haverecorded double-digit home run totals.
The Jackets ran a streak of 18 straight games with a home runbefore it was snapped on April 24. Senior Tony Plagman and sophomore Matt Skole are tied for third in the ACC with 16 round-trippersthis season.

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YELLOW JACKETS IN THE RPI
Georgia Tech enters the weekend ranked No. 10 in the nation in the latest Pseudo-RPI (source: BoydsWorld.com). (The NCAA releases its RPI just once a week, and the Yellow Jackets are listed No. 11 in the official RPI released on May 11). The Atlantic Coast Conference is well represented in the most updated RPI, with five teams ranked among the top 20 in the nation. Virginia, ranked No. 2 in the country in the RPI, leads all conference teams while Miami (8), Georgia Tech (10), Florida State (12) and Clemson (19) all rank in the top-20. Only three ACC teams stand outside of the top-75 in the RPI.

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LIGHTS OUT WHEN IT’S TIME TO CLOSE

The Jackets have been solid this season when it comes to closing out games. Tech is 33-1 when leading after six innings, and a perfect 36-0 when leading after the seventh. The reason being is the Tech bullpen, which is a perfect 11-for-11 in save opportunities.

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GETTING HEALTHY AT THE RIGHT TIME

Senior outfielder Jay Dantzler and junior pitcher Kevin Jacob have each made remarkable returns to the field in the past two weeks. Dantzler, who missed 27 games after suffering a fractured wrist on March 20, has batted .429 (9-for-21) with a double, triple home run and 7 RBI in six games back. Dantzler has had at least one hit in all six games, and has had multiple hits in three straight games.

Last Friday, Jacob made his first appearance on the mound since March 13 (shoulder tendinitis). He fanned four batters, and allowed just one hit in 2.0 innings of relief against No. 5 Miami over the weekend. Jacob struck out the side on Friday, before pitching a scoreless eighth frame to setup Andrew Robinson for the save on Sunday.

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GEORGIA TECH vs. IN-STATE OPPONENTS
The state championships of college baseball in Georgia continue Tuesday, when Tech plays its 13th game against an in-state opponent this season.

Georgia Tech went 8-4 against teams from the state of Georgia in 2009 and has posted an 11-1 mark against in-state foes in 2010. The Jackets have won four against Georgia Southern, three against Georgia, two against Mercer, one against Georgia State, and one against Kennesaw State. Tech’s only loss came at Kennesaw State on March 31.

Tech has a total of 13 regular season games on the schedule against schools from Georgia this season.

Since 1999, the Yellow Jackets own a 109-34 (.762) record against its in-state foes. In 17 years under head coach Danny Hall, Tech is 153-51 (.750) against teams from Georgia.

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