No. 8 GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS (30-14) vs. WESTERN CAROLINA CATAMOUNTS (18-22)
Friday-Saturday, May 3-5 • Atlanta, Ga. (Russ Chandler Stadium – 4,157)
6 p.m. • 4 p.m. • 1 p.m.
• After making through finals and the first eight ACC series of the season, Georgia Tech baseball will take a brief break from league play for a non-conference series vs. Western Carolina on May 3-5.
• The Jackets are currently hold a 0.5-game advantage on North Carolina for the Coastal Division and are tied for second overall in the ACC behind 15-6 Louisville.
• Georgia Tech also owns 11 wins against RPI top-25 rankings, more than any team but Arkansas (13). GT is one of just four teams with double-digit wins vs. top-25.
• Tech has faced four of the top five teams nationally in fewest hits allowed/9 innings (Georgia, UCLA, Louisville, West Virginia) a whopping 10 times and is 6-4 in the matchups. (Note courtesy of “Voice of the Yellow Jackets” Andy Demetra)
• GT and Western Carolina have played just 38 times all-time and 13 times since 2000. Tech owns the all-time series 22-16 with all but two games played at home.
• Saturday starter Connor Thomas currently ranks second in the ACC in strikeout-to-walk ratio at 5.50.
• Offensively, Tristin English is obliterating the ACC thus far. He currently leads the conference in ACC play in hitting (.403), slugging (.896), homers (10) and runs scored (29), while also ranking second in RBI (34) and on-base percentage (.473).
• Jackson Webb has also exploded at the plate. In the month of April he was second on the team, hitting .366 for 15 hits, two doubles, two triples and six RBI.
• Nick Wilhite also had an explosive April, hitting .319 from the nine-hole for 15 hits, two doubles, nine RBI and 12 runs scored.
• The middle infielder combo of Luke Waddell (SS) and Austin Wilhite (2B) are still keeping order both offensively and defensively. The two have combined for 55 putouts, while also recording 38 hits and 23 RBI.
• The 3-4-5 power of the lineup has proved to be absolutely lethal at the plate. In the last 10 games, Tristin English, Kyle McCann and Baron Radcliff each have three home runs.
• English earned Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Week honors for his three homers he crushed against Clemson.