GEORGIA STATE at GEORGIA TECH
Wednesday, April 11, 6 p.m., Russ Chandler Stadium
Georgia State (16-15, 5-6 Sun Belt)
Georgia Tech (19-13, 8-7 ACC, pending Tuesday game at Mercer)
Televised on ACC Network Extra/ESPN3. Radio on 1340 The Fan 3/103.7 FM,1230 AM/106.3 FM
>Georgia State is coming off a three-game sweep of Arkansas State, winning 12-3, 16-7 and 3-2.
>The Panthers are tied for fifth in the nation with 35 double plays turned.
>Junior catcher Nick Gatewood is this week’s National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game as well as Sun Belt Player of the Week after going 8-for-15 with four homers, 11 RBI and nine runs scored in four games while catching 34 of 35 innings. Gatewood is GSU’s sixth National Player of the Week in the last five years.
>For the season, Gatewood is 11th in Division I and second in the Sun Belt with 11 homers while ranking third in the conference with a .385 average and 35 RBI.
>Gatewood has a 14-game hitting streak in which he is 27-for-57 (.474) with eight homers and 26 RBI. That includes a two-homer, six-RBI performance in GSU’s March 23 win over South Alabama, and back-to-back two-homer games vs Furman and Arkansas State last week.
>Right fielder Brandon Bell leads the Sun Belt with a .402 average.
>Last Friday vs. Arkansas State, Bell became just the second player in GSU history to hit for the cycle (Mark Micowski vs. N.C. Central, 2010). Bell was 5-for-5: single, double, single, 3-run HR, triple. His cycle came one game after he hit a grand slam at Furman.
>Friday starter Hunter Gaddis has been named Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week two of the last five weeks. He threw his second complete game in the 7-2 win over South Alabama (March 23), allowing four hits and striking out eight. He blanked the Jaguars for seven innings before allowing two runs in the eighth.
>Gaddis was also honored by the Sun Belt on March 12 after tossing a complete-game, three-hit shutout with a career-high 10 strikeouts and no walks in 2-0 win at Samford. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
>Gaddis (6-1) leads the Sun Belt with six victories and ranks fourth in ERA at 1.59. The 6-5 right-hander was 4-4 with a 3.72 ERA as a freshman while pitching as the Saturday starter. Following his standout rookie season, Gaddis became the first Panther to pitch for the Team USA Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2017.
>Senior shortstop Justin Jones is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America, earning second-team honors in 2017 after third-team accolades in 2016. His GPA, which is now 4.11, was the highest on the entire Academic America team.
>Jones broke the Georgia State career record for fielding assists last week at Furman. He now has 538 career assists. He also holds the school record for sacrifice bunts (34) while ranking second in hit by pitch (30), 10th in hits (207) and 10th in runs scored (124).
>Georgia State’s 2018 schedule is perhaps the most challenging in school history, highlighted by Power 5 foes Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Minnesota and Ole Miss.
>Now in his 12th season, head coach Greg Frady is Georgia State’s career victory leader with 345 for the Panthers as part of his 532 career wins.
JONES’ RECORD WATCH: With 190 career games, senior shortstop Justin Jones is collecting records and milestones.
>GSU career leader in sacrifice bunts with 34, surpassing previous record of 33 by Ryan Sterling, 2003-05. Ranks fifth among all active Division I players.
>Hit by pitch 30 times, second in GSU history to Bradley Logan, 35, 2007-10.
>GSU’s career leader in fielding assists with 538 after breaking the record against Furman. Previous record was 524 by Michael Brand (1993-96).
>Recorded the 200th hit of his career March 31 vs. Troy; now has 207 to rank 10th in GSU history.
>Has scored 124 runs in his career (10th in GSU history) and is nearing the 100-RBI (93) mark.
SERIES VS. GEORGIA TECH: Georgia Tech holds a 66-10 advantage in the all-time series, which began in 1971, and has won 10 in a row.
>Georgia Tech won the first meeting this season with a 12-6 decision March 7 at GSU. Brandon Bell was the highlight for the Panthers, going 3-for-3 with a three-run homer.
>The Panthers have earned four victories over Tech under head coach Greg Frady, most recently in 2012.
>GSU’s 10-1 victory in 2009 over a Tech team ranked No. 3 in the nation represents the highest-ranked team that the Panthers have ever beaten.
GSU’S RECENT WINS OVER GEORGIA TECH
3-21-07 (@GT) GSU 9, No. 15 GT 5
3-24-09 (@GT) GSU 10, No. 3 GT 1
3-2-11 (@GT) GSU 6, No. 23 GT 3
3-7-12 (@GSU) GSU 5, No. 10 GT 4 Tech