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Georgia Tech Baseball: Previewing the UMBC Series

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The Yellow Jackets have started 4-0, now let's see if they can keep it going.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Pitching Match-up: Brandon Gold (Georgia Tech) vs. Conrad Wozniak (UMBC)

First Pitch: 4 p.m. EST

TV: Live video courtesy of ($)

Radio: WREK 91.1 FM

Saturday, February 27

Pitching Match-up: Jonathan King (Georgia Tech) vs. Matt Chanin (UMBC)

First Pitch: 2 p.m. EST

TV: Live video courtesy of ($)

Radio: WREK 91.1 FM

Sunday, February 28

Pitching Match-up: Jonathan Hughes (Georgia Tech) vs. Riley Stephenson (UMBC)

First Pitch: 1 p.m. EST

TV: Live video courtesy of ($)

Radio: WREK 91.1 FM

What you need to know

UMBC Roster: Link here

Record: 1-3

Players to Watch For:

  • Sr. SS Kevin Lachance: .438/.500/.688, one home run, two RBIs, 3 stolen bases
  • Jr. OF Tim Kelly: .333/.333/.600, one home run, four RBIs
  • Sr. RHP Conrad Wozniak: 1-0, 4.50 ERA, five strikeouts, two walks, 6.0 IP
  • Sr. RHP Johnny Dierks: 0-0, 2.25 ERA, two saves, six strikeouts, two walks, 4.0 IP

Bottom Line

UMBC has had a pretty poor showing this season, winning just the first game of the season. Tech, on the other hand, has had a phenomenal opening to the season. One of the key things that is worth keeping an eye on this weekend is fatigue from the Yellow Jackets' 16-inning thriller with Georgia Southern a couple nights ago.

To do well in this series, Tech needs to be doing exactly what they've been doing: scoring lots of runs and pitching very well. The Jackets are currently averaging 8.25 runs per game, while giving up just two runs per game. It's been a successful strategy thus far and I'm sure the Jackets will be doing all they can do to keep doing that.

Against UMBC, I think the Jackets should be fine doing that. If anything, the Jackets may have a bit of a struggle today after this week's extra-inning game, but I'm not too worried about that right now since there was a full day in between that and today's game.