Georgia Tech baseball will look to take the first game of their season series against Georgia Southern on Tuesday night.
The Georgia Tech baseball team is coming off a solid opening weekend performance, taking two of three against University of Illinois-Chicago (W), Richmond (L), and West Virginia (W), on Tuesday, they’ll look for their third win of the season. The Jackets on Tuesday will make the three-hour trip down to Statesboro on Tuesday to take on the Georgia Southern Eagles.
The Eagles are 1-2 after their opening weekend series against No.20 Auburn. The Eagles were clobbered in the season opener 11-2 but bounced back for a strong 7-5 victory on Saturday before losing in extra innings on Sunday. It was a quality weekend effort from the Eagles.
Last season, the Jackets swept the season series between the two programs including a 7-1 victory in Statesboro last February.
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Getting the start for the Jackets on Tuesday night will be sophomore Brant Hurter. Hurter, the Jackets weekday starter last season, collected a 5-4 record as a freshman and posted a 6.04 ERA over 14 appearances which included 11 starts. Hurter often got himself in trouble a season ago with being wild at times with 23 walks and 9 hit by pitches.
One of his better starts on the season, however, came against Georgia Southern. Hurter on March 27th, pitched seven fantastic shutout innings, allowing just four hits while striking out 10. The Jackets could use another start of that magnitude on Tuesday against the Eagles.
For the Eagles, Tuesday will be their season opener and on the hill will be junior Joe Nahas, a junior college transfer out of Chesapeake College in Maryland. Nahas as a sophomore at Chesapeake went 10-1 with a 3.18 ERA over 73.2 innings, he struck out 142 in the process.
The Jackets offense will look to bounce back on Tuesday against Nahas after struggling in the last the two games of their weekend against Richmond and West Virginia. As a team, the Jackets are hitting just .238 entering Tuesday night.
Only three Jackets are hitting above .300 with Michael Guldberg leading the way with a .500 batting average. Austin Wilhite and Kyle McCann are also hitting above .300 while McCann also provided a team-leading two home runs over the weekend. He also leads the team in RBI with three. On the other side, the Eagles are not fairing much better, hitting .238 themselves through their first three games.
First pitch on Tuesday night is set for 6:00 pm at J.J Clements Stadium. Fans can catch the game via 91.1 WRECK or watch it via ESPN+.