April 26, 2018
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball (22-20, 9-12 ACC) will host the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (19-23, 10-11 ACC) in a pivotal ACC cross-divisional matchup this weekend, April 27-29, at Russ Chandler Stadium. Friday night’s game is slated for a 7 p.m. start. First pitch for Saturday’s game is set for 4 p.m., while Sunday afternoon’s finale is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Follow the Action Live
All three ACC games are scheduled to be video streamed live on the ACC Network Extra (link located above).
The three cross-divisional games will also be broadcast live on WREK 91.1 FM radio and online at WREK.org.
Live stats for all three games this weekend can be found above or on the baseball schedule page at RamblinWreck.com.
$2 Hot Dogs
In the series opener on Friday night, the GT concessions will be offering $2 hot dogs as the Jackets take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
Junior Jacket Day
In the series finale on Sunday afternoon, GTAA and GT baseball will hold Junior Jacket Day!! Junior Jackets get free admission with their membership card as well as one adult complimentary ticket. There is also a pregame stadium tour (attendees arrive at noon and check-in at the marketing table), a chance to stand with the Jackets on the field for the National Anthem and a photoshoot with Buzz during the first two innings of the game. There will also be postgame autographs and the opportunity to run the bases at the conclusion of the game versus the Demon Deacons.
Strike’em Out Challenge
Fans make sure to get to the ballpark early in order to sign up for the Strike’em Out Challenge. The winner of the contest will received two tickets to this year’s ACC Baseball Championships in Durham, N.C. from May 22-27.
Parking Now Available Online
Yellow Jacket fans can now pay for parking ahead of time by going online to Park Mobile (Click Here). Klaus Deck (across from Cherry Street and the third base side of Russ Chandler Stadium) will be open for fans for $5.
The Jackets lead the ACC in hits entering play this weekend with a league high 447 base knocks. Tech’s offense has been led by sophomore outfielder Chase Murray, who leads the ACC in hitting with an average of .377 overall on the year, and Joey Bart who is tops in the conference in runs scored with 42 and total bases (102). Sophomore Kyle McCann leads the league with a .662 slugging percentage on the season.
After posting back-to-back series wins over Miami (March 30-April 1) and Florida State (April 6-8), the Jackets have dropped two-straight series, both of which came on the road at Pittsburgh (April 13-15) and last weekend at then-No. 8 North Carolina (April 20-22).
Georgia Tech has played three Atlantic Division foes already this season in Clemson, NC State and Florida State. The Jackets are just 3-6 against its Atlantic Division, however, all nine games came against cross-divisional foes that were ranked in the top-six at the time in No. 6 Clemson (March 9-10), No. 6 NC State (March 23-25) and No. 6 Florida State (April 6-8).
The Jackets enter ACC play this weekend on a four-game losing streak. The four-game skid matches their season-high having lost four-straight contests versus nationally ranked foes Clemson and Auburn from March 9-13.
With the 2018 ACC Baseball Championships just five weeks away, Tech enters the weekend tied for fifth in the Coastal Division at 9-12 overall. The Jackets are six games out of first place in their division, but just one game out of third place with nine conference games left to play.
Georgia Tech has a total of six different Jackets with 20 or more RBIs at the plate this season. Tristin English, who is second in the ACC in RBIs, leads the team with 45 runs driven in, while Kyle McCann has 35. Joey Bart (27), Chase Murray (24), Wade Bailey (23) and Austin Wilhite (20) all have over 20 RBIs as well on the year.
Seven different Jackets that have played in at least 50 percent of Tech’s games this season are hitting over .300 on the year at the plate in Chase Murray (.377), Joey Bart (.356), Oscar Serratos (.354), Wade Bailey (.337), Kyle McCann (.316), Tristin English (.311) and Michael Guldberg (.368).
Georgia Tech has had a starting pitcher record eight strikeouts or more in a game a total of 10 times this season. The Jackets are 7-3 this season when their starting pitcher fans eight or more batters in the game.
Head coach Danny Hall has written in a different starting nine batting order on the lineup card this season a total of 39 times. He has used the same batting order no more than twice this season, both of which have only happened on two occasions.
Saturday starter Connor Thomas has posted a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 10.29 this season which ranks first in the ACC and eighth nationally. He also ranks first in the ACC in WHIP (1.02) and walks allowed per nine innings (0.97). The lefty has walked just seven batters compared to 72 walks over 65.0 innings pitched.
Georgia Tech will step out of conference play to host the Radford Highlanders next weekend, May 4-6, at Russ Chandler Stadium.