No. 3 Jackets Set to Host No. 20 Virginia Tech
April 22, 2010
Live Stats: RamblinWreck.com
Live Audio: WREK 91.1 FM
Twitter Updates: Twitter.com/gt_baseball
ATLANTA - No. 3 Georgia Tech (33-5, 15-3 ACC) will close out its eight-game home-stand this weekend, hosting No. 20 Virginia Tech (26-13, 9-9 ACC) for a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series at Russ Chandler Stadium. Game times are 7 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS:
Friday, April 23 (7 p.m.) - Russ Chandler Stadium
Georgia Tech - Deck McGuire, Jr., RHP (5-2, 2.84 ERA, 68 K's)
Virginia Tech - Justin Wright, Jr., LHP (4-3, 3.88 ERA, 48 K's)
Saturday, April 24 (4 p.m.) - Russ Chandler Stadium
Georgia Tech - Brandon Cumpton, Jr., RHP (6-0, 5.44 ERA, 31 K's)
Virginia Tech - Mathew Price, So., RHP (4-3, 5.94 ERA, 41 K's)
Sunday, April 25 (1 p.m.) - Russ Chandler Stadium
Georgia Tech - Jed Bradley, So., LHP (5-2, 3.83 ERA, 62 K's)
Virginia Tech - Jesse Hahn, Jr., RHP (5-2, 2.81 ERA, 64 K's)
Saturday is military day. All members of the military will receive free admission to the game. The Jackets will wear camouflage baseball caps during the game, all of which will be autographed and auctioned off online at a later date. The team will hold a post-game autograph session on Sunday.
The GT radio broadcast can be heard over the air on WREK (91.1), the flagship station of Georgia Tech baseball, and online at RamblinWreck.com. The games can also be heard online, free of charge at www.ramblinwreck.com.
Be sure to tune into the pre-game show 15 minutes before every game as play-by-play commentator Kyle Tait will preview the matchup.
Georgia Tech holds a 15-6 all-time lead in the all-time series against Virginia Tech ... The Jackets are 11-4 against the Hokies in games played in Atlanta, and 14-4 since Danny Hall's arrival on the Flats in 1994.
An 18-8 win in the rubber game lifted Georgia Tech to the series win at English Field in 2009 ... The Jackets plated six runs in the ninth inning for a 10-9 comeback win in game one, before the Hokies evened the series with a 9-5 victory in game two ... GT was ranked No. 3 in the nation during the 2009 series.
Georgia Tech will meet in-state rivals Georgia for the third time this season, when the two teams square off on Tuesday, April 27, in the annual "Spring Classic for Kids" at 7 p.m. at Turner Field.
"SPRING BASEBALL CLASSIC FOR KIDS"
On April 27 at 7 p.m., Georgia Tech and Georgia will meet at Turner Field for the eighth consecutive year in the annual "Spring Baseball Classic for Kids."
All tickets are $12 with proceeds benefitting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and its Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor Program.
The game has raised more than $200,000 annually for the not-for-profit pediatric healthcare system. Since 2004, there have been more than 20,000 tickets sold annually for each game.
NICHOLS HEATING UP WITH THE WEATHER
Junior Thomas Nichols has been red-hot at the plate in the month of April. Tech's designated hitter is batting .510 (25-for-49) with five doubles, five home runs and 14 RBI this month. He has registered a hit in every game Tech has played in April, and is currently on a career-best 13 game hit streak. He currently leads the team with a .421 clip overall. Not to mention, he hits at the No. 7 spot in the lineup. The Leesburg, Ga. native had a career-high five hits, with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI against Georgia Southern on Wednesday.
TECH ON RECORD PACE FOR HOME RUNS
Through 38 games this season, Georgia Tech has belted 85 home runs, an average of 2.2 per game. If power numbers remain, the Jackets are on pace to hit 125 by the end of the regular season. The record for most home runs in a season is 119, set in 1987.
In 2009, the Jackets hit the second most home runs in school history. Tech belted 111 homers, the most since Hall's arrival in 1994.
Last season's 111 home runs were the third most in the nation.