No. 21 Baseball Visits Tobacco Road, No. 3 UNC
Georgia Tech leads the ACC with a .329 batting average
|GAMES 21-23: #21 GEORGIA TECH at #3 NORTH CAROLINA
Thursday, March 24 - Saturday, March 26 // Boshamer Stadium // Chapel Hill, N.C.
First Pitch: 6 p.m. (Thu), 5 p.m. (Fri), 2 p.m. (Sat) // TV: ESPN3 (Fri & Sat) // Radio: WREK 91.1 FM
|Live Stats: Thursday, Friday, Saturday|
| GEORGIA TECH (16-4, 3-3)
Last Game: W, 13-2 at Kennesaw State (March 22)
2016 Road Record: 3-3
Head Coach: Danny Hall (Miami – Ohio, 1977)
Career Record: 1,147-573-1 (29th year)
| NORTH CAROLINA (18-2, 5-1)
Last Game: W, 10-2 vs. Western Carolina (March 22)
2016 Home Record: 12-1
Head Coach: Mike Fox (North Carolina, 1978)
Career Record: 1,320-468-5 (33rd year)
Thursday SP: RHP Zac Gallen (3-0, 1.45 ERA, 44 K, 7 BB)
Friday SP: RHP J.B. Bukauskas (3-0, 3.55 ERA, 38 K, 15 BB)
Saturday SP: RHP Jason Morgan (2-1, 3.29 ERA, 24 K, 10 BB)
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LEADING OFF: STORYLINES TO KNOW
- Senior 3B/LF Matt Gonzalez is the NCAA active career leader in both hits (242) and sacrifice flies (18).
- Georgia Tech enters this weekend’s series at North Carolina with a 9-game ACC road losing streak. Tech has not won an ACC road game since April 5, 2015.
- Georgia Tech is 17-13 in its last 30 games against the ACC’s member schools on Tobacco Road – Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest.
- Through 20 games, Georgia Tech leads the nation in both double plays turned (36) and double plays per game (1.8). Since 2012, the Yellow Jackets have turned 285 double plays – the second-highest total nationally during that span.
- In his last eight games, freshman C/DH Joey Bart is batting a team-leading .438 with five doubles and a team-high 14 RBI.
- Junior catcher Arden Pabst has thrown out 41 baserunners in three seasons behind the plate, throwing out runners 43 percent of the time.
- Matthew Gorst has recorded four of Tech’s six saves. Gorst owns a 0.71 ERA, allowing one earned run and just nine baserunners with 19 strikeouts in 12.2 innings.
- Georgia Tech has used 18 different lineups this season. Only 2B Wade Bailey and SS Connor Justus have started every game at the same position.
- Georgia Tech freshmen pitchers have accounted for 8 of the Jackets’ 15 wins this season. Tech’s eight freshmen are 8-2 with a 3.42 ERA and 69 K’s in 92.0 IP.
- Sophomore RF Kel Johnson is currently on a career-best 15-game hitting streak. Seven of his eight doubles this season have come during his current hit streak.
• Georgia Tech leads the series, 73-59
• Streak: North Carolina, 1 win
• Record at UNC: 27-25
• Last Meeting: March 21, 2015 (L, 1-5)
• Danny Hall vs. UNC: 41-29
• GT in Last 5 Meetings: 3-2
• GT in Last 10 Meetings: 6-4
JACKETS’ OWN “BASH BROTHERS”
• Georgia Tech’s version of the “Bash Brothers” – senior 3B/LF Matt Gonzalez and junior RF Kel Johnson – have combined for 22 extra-base hits, seven home runs and 45 RBI with a combined .377 batting average in 20 games.
• Johnson ranks second on the team with a .618 slugging percentage, while Gonzalez is third at .593.
FRESHMAN POWER HOUR
• Georgia Tech freshmen utility players Joey Bart and Tristin English have come up big in clutch situations, becoming difficult outs in the Yellow Jackets’ potent offensive lineup.
• Bart leads the Jackets with a .435 batting average, going 20-for-46 at the plate in 13 games. He has six doubles and 18 RBI on the year, including a career-high 4 RBI on Tuesday at Kennesaw State.
• English is batting .317 with a team-leading 9 doubles with 14 RBI in 16 games. He also drove in a career-high 4 runs in Tuesday’s win at Kennesaw State.
ACC ROAD WOES
• Georgia Tech enters this weekend’s series at North Carolina with a 9-game ACC road losing streak. Tech has not won an ACC road game since April 5, 2015, when it clinched the series at Virginia Tech.
• The Yellow Jackets have not posted a winning ACC road record since 2011 when they went 10-5 and won series at Miami (3-0), Duke (2-1), Wake Forest (2-1) and Virginia Tech (2-1).
• Of the 11 ACC road series the Jackets have won since 2010, six have come in the Tar Heel State – 2010 at UNC, 2011 at Duke, 2011 at Wake Forest, 2012 at UNC, 2014 at UNC, and 2015 at Duke.
TOBACCO ROAD SUCCESS
• Georgia Tech is 17-13 in its last 30 games against the ACC’s member schools on Tobacco Road – Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest.
• The Yellow Jackets’ most successful trips? Chapel Hill, where Tech is 7-2 in its last three trips to the UNC campus. Georgia Tech swept the series in 2010 and posted 2-1 records at UNC in both 2012 and 2014.
• Through 20 games, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets lead Division I in both double plays (36) and double plays per game (1.8). Tech is the only team in Division I with more than 30 double plays turned this season.
• On the offensive side, the Jackets ranked 3rd nationally in doubles per game (2.75) and 5th in doubles (55). Tech leads the ACC in both categories.
• Sophomore RF Kel Johnson is currently on a career-best 15-game hitting streak with a .404 batting average (23-for-57). Johnson’s streak began Feb. 26 vs. UMBC with a 1-for-4 performance. His streak includes four multi-hit games, while 10 of his 23 hits during the streak have gone for extra bases.
• Seven of Johnson’s eight doubles this season have come during his current hit streak.
• Georgia Tech has used 18 different lineups to open the 2016 season. During Sunday’s 16-8 win over Virginia Tech, the Yellow Jackets went with a repeat lineup for the first time this season.
• Only three players have started every game for the Jackets – Wade Bailey, Connor Justus and Matt Gonzalez. Bailey and Justus are the only players to start in the same position in all 20 games.
• Georgia Tech has used the same batting lineup for four straight games; GT is 4-0 in those games.
BAPTISM BY FIRE
• Georgia Tech’s freshmen pitchers have played an important role in the Yellow Jackets’ 15-4 start. Tech’s eight freshmen hurlers – Micah Carpenter (1-0, 2.89 ERA), Bailey Combs (0-0, 0.00 ERA), Burton Dulaney (1-1, 1 Sv, 2.45 ERA), Bobby Gauvreau (0-0, 10.12 ERA), Keyton Gibson (2-0, 1.98 ERA), Jonathan Hughes (3-1, 2.45 ERA), Jake Lee (1-0, 1 Sv, 7.20 ERA), and Robert Winborne (0-0, 0.00 ERA) – have accounted for eight of Tech’s 15 wins.
• Tech’s eight freshmen are a combined 8-2 with a 3.42 ERA in 92.0 innings, while the rest of Tech’s pitching staff is 7-2 with a 3.25 ERA in 83.0 innings.
• Junior Matthew Gorst has already quadrupled his career saves output in 2016. Gorst has recorded four of Tech’s six save opportunities. Gorst owns a 0.71 ERA, allowing one earned run and just nine baserunners with 19 strikeouts in 12.2 innings.
• Gorst owns a nearly 10:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (19 K, 2 BB) this season. He had a career 1:1 ratio (48 K, 48 BB) in his first two seasons with the Yellow Jackets.
GONZO ON THE CAREER LISTS
• Senior 3B/LF Matt Gonzalez leads NCAA Division I active players with 18 career sacrifice flies and 242 career hits. He entered Tuesday tied for the active career lead with UConn’s Bobby Melley and Furman’s Jordan Simpson.
• Gonzalez is three sac flies shy of tying the school record of 21 held by Jason Basil (1998-2001). He is also 12 hits away from cracking Tech’s career top 20 list for hits.