Tech is 6-15 in the ACC, tied with Boston College for the worst in the 14-team ACC. The league tournament takes the top 12 teams. After Tech and Boston College, four teams are tied at 8-13. Tech will play two of those teams, Duke and Pittsburgh, in its final three ACC series this season.
The Jackets are showing some spark since the first game against Georgia, a 5-1 loss to the Bulldogs in Athens on April 11 in which Tech struck out 15 times. The Jackets were swept the following weekend by No. 2 Louisville, but beat Mercer and Georgia State in midweek games last week before taking two of three from Virginia Tech. The Jackets have hit .289 in that span while limiting the opposition to .238 hitting.
Tech will start Ben Schniederjans, who threw seven shutout innings against Georgia State last Wednesday in a 7-0 win.
Georgia’s season to this point has been ungainly. The Bulldogs are 16-25 and have won one of six SEC series. The Bulldogs are 12th in the conference in batting average and last in ERA and fielding percentage. But if they can beat Tech at Russ Chandler, they’ll win the season series for the second consecutive year. The Bulldogs have won four of the past five games in the series.
Kevin Smith will start on the mound for Georgia. Smith has had a difficult season (6.90 ERA) but threw two scoreless innings against Tech in Athens.