After an unfortunate loss, to Kennesaw State this past Tuesday, Georgia Tech (4-4) is looking to get back to their winning ways of a weekend ago against the Falcons of Bowling Green (2-4).
With a game against the puppy dogs this coming Tuesday and ACC play beginning next weekend, this is a very important series for Georgia Tech to build up some momentum. Helping build the momentum will be sophomore Matt Gonzalez and junior Thomas Smith. Gonzalez and Smith have carried the Yellow Jackets through the first six games of the season. Gonzalez is bringing a six-game hitting streak into the series. With his .424 batting average, he is sixth in the ACC in hitting. He's tied for the ACC lead in hits and his five doubles are good enough to be tied for second in the league. Surprisingly, the Yellow Jackets main power source thus far has been junior Thomas Smith. Smith's two homeruns are tied for second in the ACC, while his eight RBI are good enough for fourth in the league.
Bowling Green has had a brutal season so far. The Falcons have only managed two wins through six games. To be fair to the Falcons, they have had a brutal start to their schedule, opening up with a season-long 18-game road trip. One thing Bowling Green does have going for them is experience. They are returning a starter at every position from the 2013 season and have 12 seniors on this year's roster. In addition to the experience that the Falcons will bring to the Rusty C, they also have a pretty good pitching staff. Bowling Green's rotation did not allow a run in their first 18.0 innings. The offense has also had some strong points. Senior Andrew Kubuski has accumulated 10 hits in 24 at-bats (.417 batting average), but unfortunately for the Falcons, all of those hits have been singles.
|Georgia Tech||Bowling Green|
|Runs Per Game||5.3||3.7|
|Hits Per Game||9.6||9.8|
|Ks Per 9.0||6.6||4.7|
|BBs Per 9.0||2.4||3.8|
|Opponent Batting Average||.233||.251|
Game 1 Friday, February 28, 2014 4 PM: LHP Jonathan King (1-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. RHP Cody Apthorpe (1-1, 2.89 ERA)
Jonathan King improved tremendously from start 1 to start 2. In his second start against UNC-Greensboro, King pitched five innings, allowing no runs on only one hit. He also struck out two batters and walked one. This season, King has pitched a total of 9.0 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out six batters, and walking two.
Cody Apthorpe has had an interesting season thus far for the Falcons. In 9.1 innings, Apthorpe has given up five runs (three earned) on eight hits while striking out and walking five batters each.
Game 2 Saturday, March 1, 2014 2 PM: RHP Cole Pitts (0-0, 0.90 ERA) vs. RHP Mike Frank (0-0, 3.00 ERA)
In his second start of the season, Cole Pitts pitched 5.0 innings, allowing zero runs on three hits, while striking out six batters and walking one. This season, Pitts has pitched a total of 10.0 innings, allowing only one run on nine hits, while striking out nine batters and walking two.
Even though his ERA does not show it, Mike Frank has actually had a better season (in my opinion at least) than Cody Apthorpe. In his 9.0 innings of work, Frank has given up three runs (all earned) on nine hits, while striking out eight batters and only walking one.
Game 3 Sunday, March 2, 2014 1 PM: RHP Josh Heddinger (1-1, 2.61 ERA) vs. LHP Andrew Lacinak (0-0, 0.90 ERA)
A weekend ago against UNC-Greensboro, Josh Heddinger pitched 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, while striking out six batters and not walking any. Through the whole season, Heddinger has pitched 10.1 innings, allowing six runs (three earned), while striking out eight batters and walking two.
Cody Apthorpe and Mike Frank don't have anything on Andrew Lacinak. He has been spectacular for the Falcons so far this year. In his 10.0 innings of work, Lacinak has only allowed one run on nine hits, while striking out four batters and walking three.
The entire series can be heard live on WREK and seen online at RamblinWreck.com ($).
How do y'all think we do in this series? Any breakout players for the Yellow Jackets this weekend?
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