Now that the 2013 football season has wrapped up, the 2014 Georgia Tech baseball season is just around the corner. The 2013 season wasn’t what coach Danny Hall expected, as the Yellow Jackets had an overall record of 37-27, and an ACC record of 15-15, finishing 4th in the Coastal division and making an early exit from the ACC tournament.
Hall will have to fill some holes in this year’s starting lineup due to six of last year’s starters being selected in the June MLB draft. Five of those starters–Zane Evans, Daniel Palka, Kyle Wren, Brandon Thomas, Samuel Dove–were position players who combined for a total of 37 HR, 164 RBI, 50 SB and 65 doubles. The sixth starter was a pitcher, Buck Farmer, who pitched 113.1 innings with a 2.78 ERA and 122 SO.
But truthfully, Hall won’t have to look too far to fill the holes in the lineup that were vacated. Tech’s freshman class has been ranked 9th nationally by Perfect Game USA. This is the second time in the last four years that Tech has had a top 10 recruiting class.
During Tech’s Fall series, several of the freshman made a big splash. Freshman Keenan Innis hit .385 (10-for-26), scored 7 runs and swiped 5 bases during the series. Also, freshman Ryan Peurifoy hit .370 and had 4 SB, while freshman Elliot Barzilli hit .333 with 1 HR and 4 RBI.
The pitchers were also making some waves of their own, as freshmen Matt Phillips (4.0 IP) and Ben Schniederjans (1.0 IP), along with two other pitchers, threw a combined no-hitter in a 9-0 win during the Fall series.
By the looks of the of the returning players, and the 2013 freshman class, the Yellow Jackets are looking to climb back to the top of the Costal Division in 2014.
Georgia Tech will be hosting the Georgia Tech Invitational, which kicks off on February 14. This will be the first time that the Yellow Jackets have hosted an in-season tournament.