The Georgia Tech baseball team will look to win their third straight ACC series this weekend as they take on the Pittsburgh Panthers.
Georgia Tech enters Friday night’s game against the Panthers with a 20-14 overall record and an 8-7 record in ACC play. The Jackets last weekend took two of three from the Florida State Seminoles including a 16-3 victory last Sunday. The Jackets then split their two midweek games against Mercer (win) and Georgia State (loss).
The Panthers enter this weekend with a 17-13 record overall and a 6-9 record in ACC play. The Panthers last weekend took two of three from Boston College but are on a three-game losing streak losing to Kent State and West Virginia this week after dropping their series finale against Boston College.
The Jackets probable starters this weekend remain the same as the past few weekends with Xzavion Curry getting the start Friday night. On Saturday and Sunday, the Jackets will send left hander Connor Thomas and right hander Tristin English to the mound.
Pittsburgh has yet to announce their starter for Friday but will be sending senior Matt Pdich to the mound on Saturday while junior Blair Calvo will get the nod for Sunday’s series finale.
Offensively, the Panthers have struggled this season hitting .239 as a team this year and don’t show much power either hitting just 17 home runs this season compared to the Jackets 41 home runs. Despite the low batting average and lack of power, the Panthers are averaging 5.7 runs per game, just a run below the Jackets 6.8 runs.
For the Jackets a series win is pivotal as they fight for positioning in the ACC Coastal sitting just two games behind Duke and North Carolina who are both 10-7 entering Friday night. The Jackets however have struggled on the road this year collecting a 4-7 record so far on the season.