No. 13 Baseball Hosts Crosstown Rival Georgia State

Feb. 29, 2016


GAME 8: #13 GEORGIA TECH VS. GEORGIA STATE
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 
// Russ Chandler Stadium // Atlanta
First Pitch: 4
 p.m. // TV: None // Radio: WREK 91.1 FM
$2 TUESDAY (bench seats, sodas and popcorn)
GEORGIA TECH (7-0)
Last Game: W, 6-1 vs. UMBC (Feb. 28)
2016 Home Record:
6-0
Head Coach:
Danny Hall (Miami – Ohio, 1977)
Career Record:
1,138-569-1 (29th year)
Record at GT:
930-452-1 (23rd year)
Starting Pitcher:
RHP Cole Pitts (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
GEORGIA STATE (5-2)
Last Game: W, 13-0 (7 inn.) vs. Coppin State (Feb. 28)
2016 Road Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Greg Frady (Troy State, 1987)
Career Record: 288-233-1 (10th year)
Record at GT: 475-345-1 (16th year)
Starting Pitcher: LHP Garrett Ford (0-1, 5.40 ERA)
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LEADING OFF: STORYLINES TO KNOW

  1. Georgia Tech enters the week as the NCAA leader in double plays turned (13) and team ERA (0.90). The Yellow Jackets are averaging 1.86 double plays per game and are the team with an ERA under 1.00.
  2. Georgia Tech is 857-251-1 all-time at Russ Chandler Stadium (since 1985) – a winning percentage of .773. Georgia Tech is 590-182-1 (.764) at home under Danny Hall.
  3. Tech is in the middle of a seven-game homestand. Georgia Tech has won 17 straight nonconference home games after back-to-back weekend sweeps at home.
  4. The Yellow Jackets enter the week ranked No. 13 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 23 by Baseball America.
  5. The Jackets have scored 12 runs in the fourth inning and 15 more in the eighth inning this season, while not allowing any runs in either inning.
  6. Tech’s seven-man freshman pitching rotation has allowed only five earned runs in 38.0 total innings, posting a 1.18 ERA. In three starts, rookies Jonathan Hughes and Keyton Gibson have posted a 0.60 ERA in 15 innings.
  7. Junior catcher Arden Pabst has thrown out 41 baserunners in three seasons behind the plate, throwing out runners 43 percent of the time.
  8. Georgia Tech’s opening day roster included 35 players – 32 of which are from the Peach State.
  9. Five players part of Georgia Tech’s current freshman class were drafted. The Yellow Jackets’ 2016 recruiting class was ranked as high as No. 3 nationally.
  10. Georgia Tech has played in 27 NCAA Regionals in the last 30 years – tied for the third-highest number among Division I programs.

SERIES HISTORY
• Georgia Tech leads 61-10
 GT at home vs. GSU: Georgia Tech leads 35-4
 Streak: Georgia Tech, 5 wins
 Last Meeting: April 1, 2015 (Georgia Tech, 6-3)
 Danny Hall vs. Georgia State: 38-6
 GT in Last 5 Meetings: 5-0
 GT in Last 10 Meetings: 8-2

A TECH WIN WOULD...
• Give the Yellow Jackets’ their first 8-0 start since 2006 (started 16-0).
• Extend the Jackets’ home win streak to eight games, dating back to the end of the 2015 season. It would match their eight-game home win streak during the 2014 season.
• Extend its series win streak to six games against Georgia State.
• Be head coach Danny Hall’s 1,139th career victory and 931st at Georgia Tech.
• Be Coach Hall’s 39th victory against Georgia State.
• Improve Tech’s record to 294-100 all-time in the month of March under Danny Hall.
• Improve Tech’s record under Danny Hall to 192-70 against in-state schools and 148-53 since 1999.

THE RULE OF 4’S
• Through the season’s first seven games, Georgia Tech’s offensive production, which is averaging 7.4 runs per game, seems to heat up the fourth and eighth innings.
• The Jackets have scored 12 runs in the fourth inning and 15 more in the eighth inning this season, while not allowing any runs in either inning.
• Tech has scored 10 total runs during the 1-3 innings and 11 total runs for innings 5-7.

TWO-WAY GOLD
• Junior P/1B Brandon Gold has been the Yellow Jackets’ most important two-way player in 2016. Through three games at first base, Gold is batting .364 with one double, one home run and five RBI. His 3-run home run – just his second hit of the season – in the top of 16th inning Feb. 24 at Georgia Southern was the eventual game-winner.
• On the mound, Gold has been impressive. The junior is 1-0 in two starts, striking out 15 batters and allowing one unearned run in 13.0 innings of work.

SIT DOWN
• Georgia Tech’s pitching staff has been dominant through the season’s first seven games. Tech pitchers lead the nation with a combined 0.90 ERA, the only team in nation with an ERA under 1.00.
• Through 70.0 innings, the Jackets have more strikeouts (58) and than hits allowed (53). Of those 53 base hits, only seven have gone for extra bases (5 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run).

THE CLOSER
• Junior Matthew Gorst has doubled his career saves output in 2016. Gorst has recorded two of Tech’s three save opportunities. He has allowed just five baserunners and struck out 11 in 6.0 innings.

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