April 6, 2006
ATLANTA–Ninth-ranked Georgia Tech (23-7, 6-6 ACC) visits Virginia Tech (12-17, 1-11 ACC) for a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series this weekend in Blacksburg, Va. Gametimes are 7 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Yellow Jackets are making their first ever trip to Blacksburg.
Georgia Tech dropped to No. 9 in the national polls this week after dropping two of three games at Maryland 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 Tech split a pair of midweek games with in-state rival Georgia Southern, while Virginia Tech defeated Radford and VMI in non-conference action this week.
The Yellow Jackets began the 2006 season with 16 straight wins before dropping their first game, and Tech’s 16-0 start tied for the second best in school history. Tech set a school record with a 17-0 record in 2003, and opened 16-0 in 1987.
Pitching Matchups: (Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech)
Friday: RHP Blake Wood (6-2, 3.91) vs. RHP Nicky Bowers (1-4, 7.50)
Saturday & Sunday: TBA vs. TBA
Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech
Georgia Tech leads Virginia Tech, 7-2, in a series that dates to 1980. All nine previous meetings have occurred in Atlanta, and the Yellow Jackets will visit Blacksburg for the first time this weekend.
Last year in Atlanta, Georgia Tech swept a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series by scores of 10-0, 27-2 and 11-1. The Yellow Jackets and Hokies met for the first time since the 1997 season, when Georgia Tech swept a three-game series in Atlanta.
Virginia Tech won the first two games in the series, a 12-11, 10-inning decision in 1980 and a 4-3 win in 1981. Georgia Tech has won seven straight since then, including an 18-8 win in 1983.
Georgia Tech is 6-0 against Virginia Tech under head coach Danny Hall.
Jackets Make First Visit to Blacksburg
As a byproduct of the ACC expanding to 12 teams with the addition of Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech over the last two years, Georgia Tech will make two trips to play ACC series in unfamiliar locations.
Georgia Tech visits Virginia Tech for the first time this weekend at English Field. The Yellow Jackets and Hokies have nine previous meetings, but all of thoses contests have occurred in Atlanta. The Yellow Jackets will make their first ever trip to Boston at the end of the month when Georgia Tech visits Boston College, Apr. 28-30.
Georgia Tech began a stretch where it plays 14 of its 20 games on the road with last weekend’s trip to Maryland. The Yellow Jackets play ACC road series in four of five weekends. Included in that stretch are road trips to Maryland, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Boston College, while Tech’s lone home series is against Clemson on Easter Weekend. Tech hosts Georgia Southern and Georgia in midweek non-conference action during this span.
The positive side to Tech’s road schedule in April is that the Yellow Jackets will not have to leave the city of Atlanta in the month of May. Tech plays nine home games against South Florida, Duke and Miami, and the Yellow Jackets’ lone game away from Russ Chandler Stadium is a May 10 matchup against Georgia at Turner Field.