Tigers to Face Bumblebees in Atlanta

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Georgia Tech (25-17, 9-12 ACC, RPI 30) vs. Clemson Tigers (24-18, 12-9 ACC, RPI 36)

This year's Tech squad had to replace quite a bit on both offense and the staff, so a rebuilding year was expected for them. As you can see below, the offense has done well in reloading but the pitching staff really misses the top Fri/Sat starters they have been fortunate enough to have the last few years. Their pitching has really taken a hit and that the the primary culprit for the poor record, bad D being another (.956). Tech usually waits until the postseason to choke (like us, but usually with a much better record by May), and this year the staff is doing it during the regular season.

Unfortunately we suck ass in Atlanta in pretty much any sport against anyone, and I expect us to lose the series, if not get swept altogether. Home team usually does really well in this series, like FSU v Clemson.

SEBaseball Regional Projections

Clemson AD Series Preview -- Georgia Tech AD series preview

The games on Friday and Saturday will be televised live by CSS, while Sunday's game will be available live via webcast at ESPN3.

Clemson and Georgia Tech have met 206 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 103-100-3 lead in the series dating back to the 1902 season. The two teams have faced each other at least one time every year since 1974. Georgia Tech has won each of the last seven series against Clemson at Russ Chandler Stadium, as the Tigers' last series win in Atlanta came in 1996.

The Yellow Jackets hold a 70-39-2 lead in games played at Georgia Tech, while the Tigers own a 46-41 advantage in ACC regular-season games. Jack has a 38-31 record against Georgia Tech.

Last Week:

GT won 2 at Chapel Hill, then beat UGA this week.

Clemson swept Maryland, then followed it with a bad loss to Coastal.

Weekend Starters:

Friday, 7pm:

Throws Player Rec ERA IP H R ER BB Ks
RHP Kevin Brady 1-2 2.58 52.1 43 19 15 21 52
RHP Buck Farmer 6-3 3.26 66.1 66 30 24 21 75

Farmer is pitching to a 0.90 ERA over his last four starts -- against Duke, No. 2 FSU, Wake Forest and No. 6 UNC. Farmer was the ACC Pitcher of the Week on April 2, after logging the league's only complete-game shutout this season, a 1-0 win over Duke.

Saturday, 4pm:

Throws Player Rec ERA IP H R ER BB Ks
RHP Dominic Leone 6-3 4.92 53.0 54 30 29 26 44
RHP Dusty Isaacs 5-2 6.75 46.2 49 39 35 33 34

Sunday, 1pm:

Throws Player Rec ERA IP H R ER BB Ks
RHP Kevin Pohle 4-2 3.00 48.0 47 24 16 20 28
RHP Cole Pitts 4-3 4.38 49.1 58 29 24 23 49

Hitting Comparison

Team Batting Statistics
BA OBP H R/9 2B 3B HR RBI BB HBP SB-ATT
Clemson .274 .362 401 5.5 67 11 25 217 180 33 40/55
GT .299 .373 445 6.6 83 14 27 254 154 32 55/75

1B Jake Davies is the reigning ACC Player of the Week, after hitting .533 (8-for-15) with nine RBI as the Jackets went 3-1 last week. Davies hit two homers at No. 6 North Carolina, including a two-run shot that tied the series-finale at 2-2 in the seventh and triggered Tech's 4-2 comeback win. Davies leads the ACC with 46 RBI.

GT Prospective Lineup
Pos Player BA R H 2B HR RBI BB
CF Kyle Wren .267 40 44 4 1 16 21
3B Sam DOve .361 36 60 12 2 19 18
LF Brandon Thomas .363 41 57 12 2 30 24
1B Jake Davies .348 28 54 8 5 46 15
DH Zane Evans .288 24 40 10 1 31 14
RF Daniel Palka .288 28 44 9 9 32 12
2B Thomas Smith .375 9 21 4 0 6 5
C Connor Lynch .304 5 17 3 0 10 4
SS Mott Hyde .269 25 36 7 3 19 11

CU Prospective Lineup
Pos Player BA R H 2B HR RBI BB
2B Steve Wilkerson .324 36 56 9 0 22 13
CF Thomas Brittle .338 29 47 5 1 26 13
3B Richie Shaffer .371 34 56 14 8 38 43
DH Phil Pohl .309 21 51 9 6 41 11
LF Jay Baum .245 13 23 2 0 7 15
1B Jon McGibbon .227 16 30 5 2 18 19
C Spencer Kieboom .230 15 29 4 1 15 17
RF Brad Felder .206 14 21 4 4 14 8
SS Jason Stolz .268 22 44 8 3 13 14

Shaffer leads the team with a .371 batting average and a .505 on-base percentage. He has also reached base via a hit or walk in 20 straight games. Brittle is riding a 15-game hitting streak as well.

Wilkerson has come down from the stratosphere to .324.

Team Pitching

Team Pitching Statistics
ERA W-L SHO/CBO Saves IP H R ER BB Ks
Clemson 3.65 24-18 1/1 10 382.0 390 186 155 155 325
GT 4.22 25-17 3/2 6 370.2 358 212 174 169 328

Alex Cruz sports a 0.86 ERA in ACC play, which leads the conference, and was responsible for Tech's series clinching win at No. 6 UNC. Cruz (5-1, 1.27 ERA in 42.2 IP) has yielded just two runs in his last 30 innings pitched and has been credited with five of Tech's last eight victories.

Most of the Tech pen is nothing to worry about. Luke Bard is outstanding (0.99 ERA in 27IP) and Matt Grimes is a regular sporting an ERA under 4.00, but the rest are high. Clemson's pen really has the edge in the series, statistically, even with Haselden and Andrews declining a bit. Firth, Kent and Campbell have all been very solid out there.

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