Baseball Faces Tough Challenge at No. 4 Georgia Tech
Feb. 26, 2010
CINCINNATI - The Xavier baseball team is heading to Atlanta, Ga., for a three-game series at No. 4 Georgia Tech this weekend. The Musketeers and Yellow Jackets will face off on Friday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. The series continues Saturday at 3 p.m., before concluding with Sunday's 1 p.m. start.
Friday's game will be the sixth all-time meeting between the two schools, but the first since the 1998 season. The Yellow Jackets hold a 5-0 all-time advantage in the series. Georgia Tech (5-0) has opened the season on a tear in its first five games, outscoring opponents 55-8, while pitching three shutouts.
Offensively, Tech is batting .369, with a conference leading 10 home runs. Junior Chase Burnette has come out of the gate strong with 14 hits in his first 21 at-bats for a .667 average. Burnette has three doubles, two home runs and eight RBI, with a slugging percentage of 1.095.
Xavier (3-0) is under the direction of fifth-year head coach Scott Googins. In 2009, Googins led the program to its first ever A-10 tournament crown, and first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The squad enters the series 0-3 after three tough losses at Tennessee last weekend by a combined score of 40-13. Junior Phil Bauer is leading the team in hitting with a .400 average, two doubles, a home run and one RBI.