It's time for that really exciting part of the year. The time of the year where there is both college football and college baseball happening at the same time. Unfortunately, this only happens for one weekend out of the year, so we have to make the most out of it.
Since the Football Jackets will be up in Chapel Hill, it will be an excellent opportunity to go see what Beesball will have to offer this season.
Yesterday, the official rosters for the annual White-Gold series were announced.
Coaching the White team this year is volunteer assistant coach Tony Plagman. A former firstbasemen for the Yellow Jackets, Plagman returned to the Flats last year after trying his hand at professional baseball with the Detroit Tigers.
Here is the starting nine for the White team:
C - 7 Arden Pabst
1B - 22 Trevor Craport
2B - 13 Thomas Smith
SS - 15 Connor Justus
3B - 14 Matt Gonzalez
LF - 6 Ryan Peurifoy
CF - 5 Keenan Innis
RF - 20 Cole Miller
One thing that really intrigues me about this White team is RF Cole Miller. Miller has dealt with an injury-plagued career thus far, but is looking to make a huge impact with his bat this season. In high school, he set his school's record for most home runs in a single season with 14. If he can stay healthy, Miller will make for a big impact in this lineup.
Coaching the Gold team is assistant and hitting coach Bryan Prince. Prince has been with Tech on and off since his college days.
Here is the starting nine for the Gold team:
C - 9 AJ Murray
1B - 25 Kel Johnson
2B - 3 Wade Bailey
SS - 10 Brandon Gold
3B - 11 Blake Jackson
LF - 2 Grant Wruble
CF - 35 Daniel Spingola
RF - 16 Coleman Poje
There were a couple of things that caught my eye here. First were some of the position changes. Last season, AJ Murray started the season at 1B before moving to DH for most of the season, and Brandon Gold played 3B. It will be interesting to see their defensive capabilities at these different positions.
Another thing that caught my eye is a guy that I've been excited about since the day he announced he was coming to the Flats: Kel Johnson. This guy knows how to swing a bat and should make an immediate impact in the lineup this season. He has an excellent frame at 6-4, 200 lbs.
Now let's take a look at each of the pitching match-ups this weekend:
Game 1 - Saturday, Oct. 18 1 p.m.: LHP Jonathan King (W) vs. LHP Ben Parr (G)
Jonathan King only started four games last season before missing the rest of the season due to injury, but for the four games he started, he was easily one of our best. In his four starts, King accumulated a 2-0 record with a 1.96 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 18.1 innings pitched.
So, while it was a small sample size, it was a very good sample. King should be healthy and ready to go this year.
Ben Parr started 10 games last season, appearing in 18. In those appearances, Parr had a 5-4 record with a 2.62 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 65.1 innings pitched.
Game 2 - Sunday, Oct. 19 1 p.m.: RHP Matthew Gorst (W) vs. RHP Zac Ryan (G)
Matthew Gorst had a bit of a rocky freshman season. In his 15 appearances, Gorst went 1-0 with a 7.59 ERA. He also had six more walks than strikeouts. If Gorst wants to make the rotation this season, he'll have to improve upon his control.
Zac Ryan began last season as the midweek starter before being moved into the bullpen. He had four starts in his 16 appearances, going 1-2 with a 4.70 ERA and 29 strikeouts.
Game 3 - Monday, Oct. 29 4 p.m.: RHP Matt Phillips (W) vs. RHP Ben Schniederjans (G)
As if Gorst's freshman season were not putrid enough, Matt Phillips' was even worse. Phillips pitched 6.2 innings in eight appearances, allowing eight total runs (10.80 ERA). He also had one more walk than strikeouts.
Ben Schniederjans was definitely a lucky find for the Yellow Jackets last season. A walk-on whose brother is one of the best college golfers in the country, Schniederjans pitched 15 innings in his 13 appearances, allowing nine runs (5.40 ERA).