After tripping out of the gates by going 1-2 in the Atlanta Challenge to open the season, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will attempt to get things back on track as they head down to Statesboro to take on the Georgia Southern Eagles tonight at 6 p.m.
The Eagles have not done any better this season. They faced off against the Georgia Bulldogs in a three-game series last weekend and lost the series 1-2.
According to the game notes for both teams, tonight’s pitching match-up is expected to feature So. LHP Connor Thomas (one save) take the mound for the Yellow Jackets and R-Fr. RHP Jacob Parker for the Eagles. Thomas pitched in the Jackets’ lone victory this season, pitching 4.0 innings of relief, where he gave up two hits and struck out five.
On the offensive side for the Jackets, junior Joey Bart was far and away the team’s most productive hitter last weekend. He finished the weekend with five hits (.455 batting average), and two of those hits were home runs.
The Eagles offense has scored runs, but have not always been able to hold onto leads (where have I heard that before?). For example, they lost their first game to UGA 22-9. The Eagles’ most productive hitter was So. infielder Mitchell Golden, who hit a .385 batting average and drove in three runs.
When looking through the game notes, there was something that really stood out to me: “Fourth year seniors in Wade Bailey, Kel Johnson, Patrick Wiseman and Jared Datoc are a perfect 6-0 all-time versus Georgia Southern and have outscored the Eagles 63-22 over the last six meetings.”
The Yellow Jackets have another game with Georgia Southern later this season, so let’s get our seniors to an 8-0 record over the Eagles.