The Georgia Tech baseball team returns to the diamond on Tuesday night in the first half of a home-and-home series against Georgia State.
The Georgia Tech baseball team is coming off a tough series loss to the UCLA Bruins this past weekend and will look to get back in the win column on Tuesday afternoon against the Georgia State Panthers.
The Jackets enter the first game of the home-and-home series with a 3-3 record but losers of their last two. The Panthers also enter the midweek series with a 3-3 record and winners of each of their last two games after sweeping a Saturday doubleheader against Charleston Southern.
The Jackets are looking to wake up their bats on Tuesday night after managing just eight hits in the last two games of their three-game series against UCLA over the weekend. We briefly discussed the Jackets struggles at the plate yesterday. Entering Tuesday, the Jackets as a team are hitting .200 and have an on-base percentage of .306. Both numbers are well below the expectation coming into the season.
The Panthers, on the other hand, will look to continue being hot at the plate as they 22 runs combined in their last two games. They’re hitting .241 as a team and have totaled 17 extra base hits through their first six games including 11 doubles. The Jackets pitching staff on Tuesday will have to be careful as while the Panthers don’t have a tremendous amount of pop in their lineup, they will making opposing pitchers pay for mistakes.
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Taking the mound for the Jackets against the Panthers on Tuesday will be freshman Cort Roedig. Roedig last took the mound in the Jackets 7-1 loss to Richmond when he lasted just 1.1 innings after allowing one run on one hit and three walks. The Orlando, Florida native will look to tame his wildness on Tuesday night against the Panthers.
Going against Roedig for the Panthers will be freshman Joseph Brandon. Brandon will make his first start of the 2019 season on Tuesday after appearing in two games as a relief pitcher for the Panthers. Entering Tuesday, Brandon is carrying a 6.75 ERA with three earned runs allowed over four innings pitched. He’s allowed three hits (including a home run) and one walks over those four innings while striking out five.
So far this season, the Panthers pitching staff has been stellar, with an ERA of just 2.75 while opposing hitters are hitting .228. Meaning, the Jackets bats will be tested even if they are able to get to Brandon and force the Panthers to go to the bullpen. They’ll have to make sure they can capitalize on any mistakes by the Panthers pitching staff.
Last season, the two teams split their season series with both teams winning their respective road games. It will be each team’s first midweek game of the 2019 season. First pitch between Georgia Tech and Georgia State is currently scheduled for 4:00 pm at Russ Chandler Stadium.