April 15, 2004
ATLANTA–Georgia Tech (20-15) hosts Pac-10 foe Washington (19-12-1) for a three-game series this weekend at Russ Chandler Stadium. First pitch on Friday and Saturday is set for 7 p.m., and Sunday’s game will begin at 1 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets won two of three from eighth-ranked North Carolina last weekend before dropping a 6-5 decision to Georgia on Wednesday night. The Huskies enter the weekend series after dropping a pair of non-conference games to Oregon State on Monday and Tuesday.
Following the weekend series, Georgia Tech will host Winthrop on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
GAME COVERAGE: Live statistics will be available on the internet at www.ramblinwreck.com.
LEADING OFF … NEWS & NOTES ON THE YELLOW JACKETS
WEB GEMS: The Yellow Jackets are fielding .972 as a team in 2004, committing 38 errors in 35 games. Tech’s best fielding percentage since records were kept in the 1950’s is .968, which was accomplished by the 1994 team that played for the national championship and featured Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Varitek and Jay Payton. The Yellow Jackets have committed one error or less in 23 of 34 games, including 15 errorless games. In nine conference games, Tech is fielding .985 (five errors in nine games).
THE LINEUP CARD: Head coach Danny Hall has used 29 different starting lineups in 35 games this season.
IN THE BULLPEN: Tech has used 15 different pitchers this season, including 11 pitchers who have made at least eight appearances. All 15 pitchers have made at least six appearances, and eight different pitchers have started at least one game.
FROM THE WEST: Washington’s trip to Atlanta this weekend will be the most distant location an opponent has travelled from to play a game at Russ Chandler Stadium. The previous longest trips were also from the Pac-10 – UCLA during the 1999 regular season and USC for the 2000 NCAA Atlanta Super Regional.
Washington is the third Pac-10 school to visit Atlanta, and the Huskies will be only the sixth school from west of the Mississippi River to play at Russ Chandler Stadium. Previous visitors from the west are Wichita State (1993), Minnesota (1994), Southeast Missouri State (1998), UCLA (1999) and USC (2000).
GEORGIA TECH VS. WASHINGTON
*** The series between Georgia Tech and Washington is tied, 3-3. All six games in the series have been played at neutral sites in the last 10 years, although the Yellow Jackets and Huskies have not met since 1997.
*** Tech and Washington first met in the 1994 NCAA Midwest II Regional in Wichita, Kan., and the two schools played three times in that regional. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Huskies, 6-2, in a third round winner’s bracket game behind a home run from Nomar Garciaparra. Washington came back to face Tech in the championship game of the regional, with the Huskies needing two wins over the Yellow Jackets to advance to the College World Series. Washington won the first game of the day, 12-9, in 14 innings, but Tech won the second game, 18-7, behind the pitching of Al Gogolin and another home run from regional MVP Nomar Garciaparra to advance to the College World Series for the first time in school history.
*** The two schools met again in the 1995 Desert Classic in Las Vegas, splitting a pair of meetings. Tech won game one, 19-8, while Washington won game two, 15-10.
*** The most recent meeting between Tech and Washington came in the 1997 NCAA Mideast Regional in Starkville, Miss., where the Huskies defeated the Yellow Jackets, 8-4, in a third-round winner’s bracket matchup.
*** Georgia Tech is 5-16 all-time against members of the Pac-10 conference. The Yellow Jackets are 0-2 vs. Arizona, 0-1 vs. Arizona State, 0-2 vs. California, 0-4 vs. USC, 2-4 vs. UCLA and 3-3 vs. Washington. Five of those games have been at home (UCLA, USC), three have been on the road (UCLA), while the remaining games have all been at neutral sites in the NCAA Regionals or regular season tournaments.
*** Georgia Tech is 3-3 against Washington under head coach Danny Hall.
Georgia Tech Probable Starting PitchingFRI: Andrew Kown Jr., RHP (4-1, 4.25)SAT: Lee Hyde Fr., LHP (3-1, 5.40)SUN: Brian Burks Sr., RHP (2-4, 4.25)
Washington Probable Starting Pitching FRI: Kyle Parker Fr., RHP (1-0, 2.96) SAT: Matt Kasser So., RHP (1-0, 7.84) SUN: Tim Lincecum Fr., RHP (3-1, 3.26)