After sweeping the Miami Hurricanes over the weekend, the Georgia Tech baseball team looks to continue their winning streak against Georgia on Tuesday.
The Georgia Tech baseball team will be traveling to Athens on Tuesday for a showdown with in-state rival, Georgia. The Bulldogs, the 16th best team in the nation according to D1Baseball.com, enter Tuesday’s match up with 21-7 record on the season. At home, the Bulldogs have been nothing short of dominant with a 16-2 record, their two losses came against Georgia Southern and Texas A&M.
According to the RPI however, the Bulldogs have performed much more like a top-10 team with an RPI ranking of 9 according to WarrenNolan. The Jackets enter the week sitting at 36 this week which is six spots above their ranking last week of 42.
On the mound for the Yellow Jackets will be freshman lefty Brant Hurter who has really come on over his last two starts including a dominating effort last week against Auburn. The freshman is 2-1 on the season with a 4.58 ERA through 19.2 innings pitched as a starter. Minus an ugly start against Clemson where he allowed seven runs, Hurter has been pretty strong for the Jackets this season considering the circumstances.
For the Bulldogs, they will send sophomore Tony Locey to the mound. Locey enters Tuesday’s game with a 5-0 record and a 3.20 ERA. He started one game against the Yellow Jackets last season, throwing four shutout innings while striking out four. Tuesday’s game will be Locey’s fourth start of the year. Opposing team’s are hitting .198 against Locey however, the sophomore has allowed 17 free bases this season with 12 walks and five hit-by pitches. If Locey begins to lose control on Tuesday, he is a pitcher the Jackets could take advantage of.
Offensively, the Bulldogs have been dangerous this season, averaging 7.4 runs per game, just a bit above the Jackets 6.9 runs per game. Left fielder Keegan McGovern will be a name to watch, the senior outfielder is hitting .350/.492/.720 this season with 10 home runs and 30 RBI through 28 games. Junior outfielder and catcher Michael Curry has also been a strong hitter throughout the spring hitting .349/.421/.566 with six home runs and 32 RBI. Overall, the Bulldogs are hitting .289 as a team and are averaging just below one home run per game. Opposing team’s have an ERA against Georgia of 6.73.
WarrenNolan’s predictive algorithm has the Bulldogs winning today’s match up 7-5. First pitch is set for 7