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No. 8 Georgia Tech Baseball Visits Georgia State on Wednesday

April 18, 2006

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ATLANTA–Eighth-ranked Georgia Tech (28-9, 10-8 ACC) visits Georgia State (18-18, 7-8 CAA) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Panthersville. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Panthers, 11-9, on Feb. 15 at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Georgia Tech is ranked as high as No. 8 in the national polls this week after winning two of three games against fifth-ranked Clemson last weekend. Tech spent three weeks earlier this season ranked No. 1 in the nation, the 11th time in school history the Yellow Jackets have topped the national polls.

Georgia State enters Wednesday’s game on a five-game winning streak.

Following Wednesday’s game, the Yellow Jackets visit Florida State for a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series this weekend in Tallahassee, Fla.

Pitching Matchup: (Georgia Tech vs. Georgia State)
Wednesday: RHP Chris Hicks (3-0, 4.66) vs. LHP Bobby Bennett (3-2, 4.70)

GAME COVERAGE: Radio coverage on WREK-FM (91.1 FM in Atlanta / online at: www.wrek.org). Live statistics available at www.ramblinwreck.com.

Georgia Tech vs. Georgia State
Georgia Tech leads Georgia State, 47-6, in a series that dates to 1971. The Yellow Jackets are 18-4 against the Panthers on their home field.

The Yellow Jackets have won 25 of the last 27 meetings between the two schools.

Tech defeated Georgia State, 11-9, on Feb. 15 behind a home run and six RBI from first baseman Whit Robbins. The Yellow Jackets committed four errors that led to four unearned runs. Charlie Pelt and Nick McEntyre hit home runs for Georgia State.

Georgia Tech is 23-2 against Georgia State under head coach Danny Hall.

Versus the State of Georgia
Georgia Tech is 8-1 against teams from the state of Georgia in 2006, posting a 3-0 record vs. Kennesaw State, a 3-1 record vs. Georgia Southern and a 1-0 record vs. Georgia and Georgia State. Since 1999, Georgia Tech owns a 71-18 (.798) record against its in-state foes. The Yellow Jackets are 114-35 (.765) against teams from Georgia in 13 years under head coach Danny Hall.

Bullish on the Bullpen
Georgia Tech’s pitching staff has been bolstered by stong efforts from the bullpen. Relievers have pitched 153.2 innings in 37 games, posting a 3.28 ERA and a 12-2 record with nine saves.

Leading the way are RHP Tim Gustafson (1-0, 1.42, 19.0, 5 SV), LHP Lee Hyde (1-0, 2.35, 15.1), RHP Jared Hyatt (1-0, 3.05, 20.2, 1 SV), RHP Brad Rulon (1-0, 2.31, 23.1) and RHP Matt Wieters (1-1, 3.12, 17.1, 3 SV).

Some noteworthy performances for the Tech Bullpen:

Opponent           IP      ER      ERA     opp avgKennesaw St, Feb. 17-19 9.0     2       2.00    .176Rutgers, Mar. 3-5       8.0     3       3.38    .219Virginia, Mar. 10-12    13.0    4       2.77    .292N Carolina, Mar. 24-26  8.1     0       0.00    .050Maryland, Mar. 1-A. 2   16.0    5       2.81    .237Clemson, Apr. 14-16     16.2    2       1.08    .167

Swinging the Big Sticks
Georgia Tech is batting .319 as a team in 2006, and the Yellow Jackets are averaging 9.1 runs per game.

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.

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