This weekend will mark the first of many big conference tests for the young Georgia Tech baseball squad. The team begins play against the only other undefeated ACC baseball team, Miami, tonight in Coral Gables. All three games will be televised with Friday/Sunday on CSS and Saturday on Fox Sports South (Friday 7pm, Saturday 1pm, Sunday 1pm).
Both teams are putting together impressive winning streaks, with the Jackets winning 13 in a row and the Hurricanes tearing through at 9.bGeorgia Tech comes in with an overall record of 18-4 and Miami is set at 14-8.
Any other year would make one say "be wary of the Miami bats. They will pummel you." But in this year of the adjusted bat ratio, we can't completely hang our hat on warning. In fact, the Hurricanes have a paltry amount of home runs (8). Georgia Tech has more than that (14) and we all know our power numbers are low. Instead, this series looks like it may be the exception to the rule and the outcome will be determined by the pitching matchups.
According to RamblinWreck.com, the rotations are as such:
Pitching Matchup (Georgia Tech vs. Miami)
Friday: RHP Mark Pope (5-0, 0.23, 38.2 IP, 32 SO) vs. LHP Bryan Radziewski (3-1, 1.95 ERA, 27.2 IP, 36 SO)
Saturday: LHP Jed Bradley (3-0, 1.44, 31.1 IP, 43 SO) vs. RHP E.J. Encinosa (1-2, 3.41 ERA, 29.0 IP, 23 SO)
Sunday: RHP Buck Farmer (3-1, 2.43, 29.2 IP, 33 SO) vs. RHP Eric Whaley (4-1, 2.61 ERA, 31.0 IP, 32 SO)
Taking the series in Miami will only further solidify the Jackets at the top of the standings and make it harder to take them down in the second half of the season (see Virginia, Clemson, UNC).