No. 6 Jackets Close Out ACC Home Slate with No. 5 Miami
Game times are 7 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday on Senior Weekend
May 13, 2010
Live TC: CSS
Live Stats: RamblinWreck.com
Live Audio: WREK 91.1 FM
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Promotions: Friday - Free Danny Hall T-shirts
Saturday - Free 1985 ACC Champion Commemorative Posters
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's sixth-ranked baseball team will close out its home conference slate with a crucial three-game weekend series against No. 5 Miami at Russ Chandler Stadium. Game times are 7 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. All three games will be televised live on CSS.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS:
Friday, May 14 (7 p.m.) - Russ Chandler Stadium (Atlanta, Ga.)
Georgia Tech - Deck McGuire, Jr., RHP (6-3, 3.05 ERA, 90 K's)
Miami - Jason Santana, Sr., RHP (5-2, 4.83 ERA, 60 K's)
Saturday, May 15 (7 p.m.) - Russ Chandler Stadium (Atlanta, Ga.)
Georgia Tech - Mark Pope, So., RHP (7-0, 3.73 ERA, 59 K's)
Miami - Chris Hernandez, Jr., LHP (7-2, 3.04 ERA, 76 K's)
Sunday, May 16 (1 p.m.) - Russ Chandler Stadium (Atlanta, Ga.)
Georgia Tech - Jed Bradley, So., LHP (8-2, 3.75 ERA, 82 K's)
Miami - David Gutierrez, Sr., RHP (5-0, 3.86 ERA, 39 K's)
SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEKEND
With multiple events occurring on the Georgia Tech campus this weekend, fans are encouraged to park at either Peter's Parking Deck (located on fourth street) or Klaus Parking Deck (located on Ferst Drive).
On Saturday, the Yellow Jackets will welcome back members of the 1985 baseball team in a pre-game ceremony beginning at 6:50 p.m. The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a free commemorative poster of the 1985 team. The Jackets will wear throw-back uniforms from the 1985 season during the game.
The entire series will be televised live on CSS this weekend. Matt Stewart (play-by-play) and Randy Carroll (Color) will have the call. 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.
Miami leads the all-time series over Georgia Tech 46-24-2 ... The Jackets are 11-17 against the Canes on the Flats, and will attempt to win their first home series over Miami since 2006.
Tech went 2-2 against the Hurricanes in 2009, winning two out of three in Coral Gables during the regular season, before falling in the opening game of the 2009 ACC Tournament, 8-6, in Durham, N.C.
The Jackets will close out the midweek schedule by hosting Georgia State Tuesday at 6 p.m., before heading to Boston College next weekend for the regular season finale.
YELLOW JACKETS IN THE RPI
Georgia Tech enters the weekend ranked No. 11 in the nation in the latest Pseudo-RPI (source: BoydsWorld.com). (The NCAA releases its RPI just once a week, and the Yellow Jackets are listed No. 11 in the official RPI released on May 11). The Atlantic Coast Conference is well represented in the most updated RPI, with five teams ranked among the top 20 in the nation. Virginia, ranked No. 3 in the country in the RPI, leads all conference teams while Miami (9), Georgia Tech (11), Florida State (12) and Clemson (13) all rank in the top-20. Only two ACC teams stand outside of the top-75 in the RPI.
PAST MEETS PRESENT THIS WEEKEND
The two head coaches meeting this weekend have combined to lead Georgia Tech to its last 1,233 victories. How is that possible, you ask? Prior to Danny Hall's arrival in 1994, the Yellow Jackets were coached by Jim Morris, who led Tech to a 504-244-1 record from 1982-1993. Morris set a school record with 504 victories during his tenure, but that mark was eclipsed by Hall on March 27, 2005. Ironically, the opposing head coach in that game was none other than Morris himself, whose Hurricane team lost 11-10 to the Yellow Jackets that afternoon.
LIGHTS OUT WHEN IT'S TIME TO CLOSE
The Jackets have been solid this season when it comes to closing out games. Tech is 31-1 when leading after six innings, and a perfect 34-0 when leading after the seventh. The reason being is the Tech bullpen, which is a perfect 10-for-10 in save opportunities.
PLAGMAN JOINS ELITE 200-CLUB
With his 200th-career RBI and 200th-career run scored coming last weekend against Illinois-Chicago, senior Tony Plagman became only the second player in school history to have at least 200 hits, 200 runs scored and 200 RBI. The Only other Georgia Tech player to ever achieve this feat is former All-American catcher Jason Varitek. In fact, Plagman and Varitek are the only two players to record 200 runs scored and 200 RBI in school history.
1985 ACC CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM TO BE HONORED SATURDAY
Georgia Tech's 1985 ACC Championship team will be honored prior to Georgia Tech's game against Miami on Saturday.. Known as the "Joltin' Jackets", the '85 team won the school's first-ever ACC Baseball Title, the first of four-straight for the Yellow Jackets.
KINKELAAR NEARING DANCING STARS OF ATLANTA COMPETITION
Georgia Tech baseball assistant coach Tom Kinkelaar is a few days away from his performance in the "Dancing Stars of Atlanta" competition on Sunday, May 16 at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. Kinkelaar is competing to raise money for Alzheimer's, and has raised $5,063 as of May 2.
Information on the event and how to make a contribution in Kinkelaar's name can be found online at www.dancingstarsofatlanta.kintera.org or by contacting Jeanne Hastings at 404.728.6046 or Jeanne.firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLAGMAN A LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD FINALIST
On April 13, Tony Plagman was named a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for baseball. The award recognizes NCAA Division I senior student-athletes who excel both on and off the diamond and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, character, community and competition.
A portion of the vote is decided by fans, who can log onto www.seniorclassaward.com daily (through May 31) to vote, or they can text B9 to 74567.