Oct. 22, 2006
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech baseball team will conclude fall practice with the Gold and White World Series, starting Monday and continuing through Wednesday at Russ Chandler Stadium. First pitch for each game is slated for approximately 4:15 p.m., and admission is free.
All three games will be played, regardless of the outcome of the first two games.
The Yellow Jackets began fall workouts Oct. 5 with a handful of starting spots around the diamond open, plus specific roles for pitchers yet to be determined. Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall has been specifically looking to replace Blake Wood and Lee Hyde, the Yellow Jackets’ Friday and Saturday starters in 2006, while the majority of the bullpen returns intact.
The three world series games will last anywhere from seven to nine innings, depending on the pitchers available for each day. The pitching matchups for game one will be senior right-hander Jared Hyatt versus sophomore righty Eddie Burns. Game two will feature a pair of left-handers, with junior Tim Ladd facing sophomore David Duncan, while Wednesday’s game will feature a pair of elder statesmen in right-handed junior Brad Rulon and left-handed senior Ryan Turner.
Georgia Tech’s returning starters in the field include junior All-American catcher Matt Wieters, all-ACC junior outfielder Danny Payne, senior outfielder Wally Crancer, junior shortstop Michael Fisher and sophomore first baseman Luke Murton. Overall, the Yellow Jackets return 19 lettermen off the 2006 squad that posted a 50-18 record and national ranking of seven in the final Baseball America poll. Georgia Tech has advanced to the College World Series twice in the past five years.