After a disappointing series loss to Pittsburgh including dropping the last two, the Yellow Jackets look to get back on track.
The Georgia Tech baseball team is looking to get back on track Wednesday as they take on Kennesaw State. The Jackets who were on a rather hot-streak entering last weekend are now losers of three of four.
Before getting into each of the teams, a unique aspect of Wednesday night’s affair is it will feature two of the longest tenured coaches in college baseball. Georgia Tech’s Danny Hall in his 25th season with the Yellow Jackets and Mike Sansing in his 27th with Kennesaw State. Sansing is just 12 wins away from his 1,000th career win.
Kennesaw State Overview:
Wednesday night’s opponent of Kennesaw State won’t be any push over either. The Owls enter Wednesday night with 21-15 record but are 4-8 against teams similar to Georgia Tech this season. However, the Owls are winners of five straight and picked up two wins last week over a strong Stetson team.
Offensively this season, the Owls are averaging just a tick under seven runs per game. Their lineup features six starters with batting averages above .300 and are hitting .287 as a team.
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They don’t have a ton of power but do have the capabilities with 32 home runs over their 36 games. Their biggest power threat is junior outfielder Jake Franklin who has gone yard seven times this season.
The Owls will be sending a freshman left hander Ryan Kennedy to the mound on Wednesday to face the Jackets, Kennedy this season is 2-5 with an 8.44 ERA. Kennedy has allowed at least three runs in five of his eight starts this season but has shown improvement in his last few starts.
Despite allowing 25 runs in 26.2 innings pitched this season, Kennedy hasn’t allowed opponents to hit home runs this season allowing just one on the season.
Georgia Tech Overview:
The Yellow Jackets enter Wednesday night 21-16 overall and 12-7 in non-conference play. Against teams similar to KSU in RPI, the Jackets are 8-5 this season.
The Jackets will send freshman Brant Hurter to the mound on Wednesday as Hurter looks to bounce back from a tough performance last week against Mercer. On the season, Hurter is 3-2 with a 5.52 ERA this season.
The Jackets offensively are averaging 6.6 runs per game entering their showdown against Mercer an are hitting .298 as a team. One of the best power hitting teams in the country this season, the Jackets have totaled 45 home runs so far this season ranks 14th in the country. Kyle McCann is coming off a phenomenal week after hitting two grand slams and will be a player to watch Wednesday night.
First pitch is set for 6:00 pm at Russ Chandler Stadium.