April 17, 2018
THE FLATS – The Yellow Jackets (21-16) return home this week to host the Kennesaw State Owls (21-15) in midweek action in an in-state showdown on Wednesday night, April 18, at 6 p.m.
Follow the Action Live
The in-state showdown is scheduled to be video streamed live on the ACC Network Extra (link located above).
The non-conference game 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.
Georgia Showdown Rivalry
For our in-state rivalry game at home on Wednesday night versus the Kennesaw State Owls the first 75 fans in attendance will receive free “State of Georgia Showdown” t-shirts.
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.
Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State are meeting for the only time this season on Wednesday night, April 18, at 6 p.m. The two teams had played every year since 2006 until rain washed out both of their two scheduled midweek contests last season in 2017.
The Yellow Jackets enter the midweek contest on a two-game losing streak, having dropped the Saturday and Sunday games last weekend at Pittsburgh. The two losses came by a total of two runs, as Pitt defeated Tech 4-3 in 14 innings on Saturday and then edged the Jackets 6-5 in the series finale on Sunday.
Tech is just 1-2 thus far this season in Wednesday night midweek games. The Jackets lone win on a Wednesday this season came at Georgia State back on March 7. Since then Tech has lost at home versus Mercer (March 21) and Georgia State (April 11) on Wednesday nights.
Kyle McCann hit not one, but two grand slams last week for the Yellow Jackets; the first two of his career. He joined Kel Johnson (2), Joey Bart (1) and Tristin English (1) as the four active Yellow Jackets to hit a grand slam during their careers at Tech.
Tech’s offense this season has been led by the big five in Chase Murray, Joey Bart, Tristin English, Kyle McCann and Wade Bailey. Murray leads the ACC in hitting (.386) and ranks in the top 10 in hits (51 – fourth), on base percentage (.454 – sixth), runs scored (33 – eighth), total bases (73 – ninth) and slugging percentage (.553 – ninth). Bart is second in the ACC in home runs (11), total bases (91), on base percentage (.469) and runs scored (36). He also ranks in the top five in slugging percentage (.636 – third), hitting (.357) and hits (51). English is third in the league in RBIs (41), sixth in hits (47) and ninth in total bases (73), while Bailey is sixth in hits (47) and ninth in average (.331). McCann is second in the ACC in slugging percentage (.649), third in home runs (10) and seventh in on base percentage (.449).
Georgia Tech is 6-4 this season in midweek contests. The Yellow Jackets’ six midweek wins have come at Georgia Southern (Feb. 20), versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Feb. 27), at Georgia State (March 7), versus No. 6 Auburn (March 20), at home against Georgia Southern (March 27) and at Mercer (April 10).
Tech has played seven games versus teams from the Peach State thus far this season, going 4-3 in those in-state contests. The Yellow Jackets went 2-0 versus Georgia Southern, 1-1 against both Mercer and Georgia State, and 0-1 versus Georgia.
The Yellow Jacket arms are averaging 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings this season. Tech’s pitching staff has struck out 323 batters over 37 games, an average of 8.7 per contest on the year.
Last week, the Yellow Jackets hit a total of nine home runs over their five games. Tech started the week off with a season-high five home runs in the 16-8 road win at Mercer (April 10) and then totaled four long balls in the three-game weekend series at Pittsburgh (April 13-15).
Both Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State have a total of 11 players that have hit at least one home run in a game this season. Tech has hit a total of 45 home runs as a team this season, while the Owls have totaled 32 long balls on the year.
The Yellow Jackets return to the road for another key ACC series at North Carolina on April 20-22.