April 29, 2010
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ATLANTA - The fourth-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team (35-7, 16-5 ACC) will continue Atlantic Coast Conference play with a three-game series against NC State (26-17, 9-12 ACC) this weekend in Raleigh, N.C. The Yellow Jackets will play at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and at 1 p.m. on both Saturday (FS South) and Sunday.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS:
Friday, April 30 (6:30 p.m.) - Doak Field (Raleigh, N.C.)
Georgia Tech - Deck McGuire, Jr., RHP (5-2, 2.69 ERA, 76 K's)
NC State - Jake Buchanan, Jr., RHP (4-4, 4.22 ERA, 53K's )
Saturday, May 1 (1 p.m.) - Doak Field (Raleigh, N.C.)
Georgia Tech - Brandon Cumpton, Jr., RHP (6-1, 5.54 ERA, 32 K's)
NC State - TBA
Sunday, May 2 (1 p.m.) - Doak Field (Raleigh, N.C.)
Georgia Tech - Jed Bradley, So., LHP (6-2, 3.90 ERA, 68 K's)
NC State - TBA
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.
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.
SERIES PREVIEW No. 4 Georgia Tech currently holds the best record in the ACC, and will look to extend its one game lead in the Coastal division with three games at NC State this weekend ... The Jackets and the Wolfpack will meet for the first time since 2008, when both teams battled at the ACC Championships in Jacksonville, Fla. ... Saturday's game will be televised live on Fox Sports South at 1 p.m.
The Jackets have won eight of their last 10 games, and are ranked as high as No. 4 in two major polls this week (ESPN/USA Today Coaches and NCBWA).
NC State returns 19 letterwinners from a 2009 team that went 25-31 overall and 10-20 in the ACC ... The Wolfpack are in midst of a 10-game home-stand, and are coming off four straight losses that include a sweep by Boston College and a midweek defeat by Elon.
Georgia Tech holds a 64-44 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools ... NC State has the edge in games played on their home turf, with a 22-20 lead.
The Yellow Jackets are 34-17 against the Wolfpack since Danny Hall's arrival in 1994.
Georgia Tech scored eight runs over the last three innings, including two runs without the benefit of a base hit in the top of the ninth, for a wild and entertaining 10-9 win over NC State in the opening game of the 2008 ACC Baseball Championships at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
Tech will take a break from its midweek schedule for finals week, before hosting Illinois-Chicago for three games at Russ Chandler Stadium next weekend.
QUICK NOTES GT holds the best overall record in the ACC at 35-7 (.829), and ranks in the top three in the conference in hitting (.337 BA, 3rd) and pitching (3.76 ERA, 3rd)
The Jackets rank among the top 10 in the nation in six categories: Scoring (10.2, 3rd), Runs (419, 3rd), Home runs (90, 1st), Slugging percentage (.610, 1st), Walks (222.0, 8th) and W/L percentage (.829, 3rd).
Junior Jeff Rowland ranks in the top 10 in two categories alone: Runs (59, 5th) and Triples (6.0, 8th).
Tech's starting pitchers are 27-5, and have combined for 246 strikeouts in 252.0 innings. Deck McGuire leads the way with 76 strikeouts, the second most in the conference.
McGuire ranks in the top five in the conference in four different categories: Innings pitched (73.2, 1st), strikeouts (76, 2nd), Opponent batting average (.215, 3rd) and complete games (2, 1st).
Tech has three starting pitchers in the ACC with at least six wins (Jed Bradley, Brandon Cumpton, and Mark Pope). No other team in the conference has more than two pitchers with six wins.
Sophomore Jed Bradley is 2-0 in his last two starts, having allowed just 6 ER while striking out 13 in the two outings (13.0 IP).
The Tech bullpen is 8-2 on the year, and 8-for-8 in save opportunities.
Senior Andrew Robinson has made in 19 appearances out of the bullpen (25.1 innings) ... He is 4-0 on the year and has recorded four saves.
Sophomore Mark Pope is 7-0 as Tech's midweek starter ... He has struck out 57 batters and walked just six in eight starts (54.1 IP).
Tech has hit a conference- and nation-leading 90 home runs this season, an average of 2.2 per game. Eight different players have gone yard at least five times, and four at least 12.
The Jackets ran a streak of 18 straight games with a home run before it was snapped on April 24. Senior Tony Plagman is second in the ACC with 15 round-trippers this season.
Plagman leads the conference in total bases (124) and RBI (57), while third in slugging percentage (.752).
The Jackets have been solid this season when it comes to closing out games. Tech is a perfect 30-0 when leading after seventh innings, and 27-1 when leading after six innings. Part of the reason has been the Tech bullpen, which is a perfect 8-for-8 in save opportunities.