March 1, 2018
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball concludes its current seven-game homestand this weekend with a three-game non-conference series versus the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames (6-2.) The three games are slated for Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Follow the Action Live
All three games will be video streamed live over the ACC Network Extra (link located above).
All three games will also be broadcast live on WREK 91.1 FM radio and online at WREK.org.
Live stats for the contest can be found above or on the baseball schedule page at RamblinWreck.com.
Get Your Shades On
With spring just around the corner and spring break looming, the first 50 fans at each game this weekend will receive free sunglasses.
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.
Over the first month of the season (February), Georgia Tech’s Chase Murray leads the ACC in hitting at .529 (18-for-34). The sophomore outfielder has hit safely in all eight games this year.
With their 8-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday, the Yellow Jackets have already posted two shutout wins this season (also won 10-0 over Dartmouth on Feb. 23). Coincidently, the two games between the Yellow Jackets and the UIC Flames last year were both shutouts. GT won the first game of the doubleheader 3-0, while UIC was victorious in the second game 1-0.
The Yellow Jackets’ pitching staff has been stingy with issuing free passes this season, as Tech has walked just 23 batters over the first eight games, an average of 2.8 walks per contest. A total of 10 of those 23 base-on-balls came in the 10-7 loss to Bradley on opening weekend.
The top four spots in the Tech lineup are pretty much carved in stone, as the order of Wade Bailey, Chase Murray, Joey Bart and Tristin English have hit 1-4 for head coach Danny Hall in seven of the Jackets’ eight games this season.
The Yellow Jackets are a perfect 5-0 this season when holding its foe to five runs or less and is just 1-2 on the year when giving up more than five runs in the contest. Tech is also 5-0 on the year when out-hitting its opponent for the contest. GT is 5-2 this season when hitting a home run and when scoring six runs or more itself at the plate offensively.
Six appears to be the bar in terms of strikeouts this season, as three different Tech pitchers have recorded a season-high six strikeouts this season on four different occasions. Xzavion Curry had six punch outs versus Dartmouth (Feb. 23), while out of the bullpen Will Shirah had six Ks versus Bradley (Feb. 17). Connor Thomas has recorded six strikeouts twice – at Georgia Southern (Feb. 20) and versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Feb. 27).
Georgia Tech has two starters that have each posted a quality start for the Jackets this season. Connor Thomas went 7.0 innings, allowing just one run on four hits with six strikeouts in the road win at Georgia Southern on Tuesday, Feb. 20, while Xzavion Curry threw 7.0 scoreless innings with four hits and six strikeouts in the Friday night 10-0 win over Dartmouth on Feb. 23.
The Yellow Jackets are averaging 8.1 runs per contest over its first eight games of the year. Over their current five-game winning streak, Tech is scoring on average 14.2 runs per win.
Over Tech’s last five games, all of which have been wins, the Yellow Jackets’ pitching staff has struck out 46 batters while walking only five, a strikeout-per-walk ratio of over 9:1.
Both Georgia Tech and UIC have been breaking out the lumber this season, as the two teams are both averaging over 10 hits per contest – Georgia Tech 12.4 and UIC 10.3.
The Yellow Jackets will open up a five-game road trip at Georgia State on Wednesday, March 7, at 5 p.m. at the GSU Baseball Complex in Panthersville. Tech then hits the road for ACC play at Clemson on March 9-11, before playing a midweek contest at Auburn on March 13.