The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-6 1-2 ACC) and the Virginia Cavaliers (8-7 1-2 ACC) will meet this weekend for a three-game series from Atlanta.
This weekend will be the ACC home opener for the Yellow Jackets who last weekend took one of three games from the Miami Hurricanes in their first conference series of the season. This weekend, Virginia will be coming into town on a three-game losing skid including a big loss to Liberty on Wednesday night.
The projected starters for the Yellow Jackets are RHP Xzavion Curry (2-0, 2.95 ERA), LHP Connor Thomas (1-1, 3.96 ERA), and LHP Brant Hurter (0-2, 3.38 ERA). Virginia will run out a trio of right-handers in Noah Murdock (0-1, 3.63 ERA), Griff McGary (2-2, 3.27 ERA), and Mike Vasil (1-2 4.66 era) against each of the Yellow Jackets probables respectively
While the Jackets hold an all-time series lead between the two historic progams, the Jackets have struggled against current Cavalier Head Coach Brian O’Connor who nearly has double the wins than losses against Danny Hall. The Cavaliers have also won seven of the last ten games against Georgia Tech and four of the last five according to the series notes provided by the Jackets.
Two players to watch for the Yellow Jackets this weekend are two of the hotter hitters in the ACC and possibly the country.
Kyle McCann has been unstoppable for the Yellow Jackets this season, already mashing 10 home runs on the season and driving in 24 RBI. He’s hitting .371 on the season, the second-best batting average on the team through the program’s first 17 games. Tristin English is also hot of late after starting the season off slow. Last week, he hit three home runs against Miami and raised his batting average to .266 on the season.
For the Yellow Jackets, the weekend series will be important in them keeping in the front of the pack of the ACC. A series loss to Virginia could be the Jackets in a tough early hole. With a deep conference, it could be hard to climb out of a hole in the standings. It will be also the end of the Jackets four-game homestand as all four games scheduled for next week are road games including a three-game series against Louisville next weekend. First pitch for Friday’s contest is set for 6:00pm at Russ Chandler Stadium.