Tigers Hit the Road to Face Georgia Tech
Daniel Robert leads Auburn in RBI (19) and triples (2) (Photo: Auburn Athletics/Wade Rackley)
Fresh off of the first series sweep over Florida in 30 years, the Auburn Baseball Tigers (17-5, 3-0 SEC) hit the road to face Georgia Tech (12-6, 2-4 ACC) in a mid-week clash. Auburn had the upper hand in last weekend’s SEC opener against Florida. Keegan Thompson and Casey Mize combined to strike out 16 batters in the first two games, while Jay Estes and Will Holland led the group at the plate. Estes went 5-for-9 with four doubles against Florida, while Holland picked up 4 RBI, earning him SEC Freshman of the Week honors. The sweep over then #5 Florida moved Auburn into the top-25 in three major polls for the first time since 2015, and are ranked as high as #16, according to Collegiate Baseball. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets enter the week with a 12-6 record and are 2-4 in two ACC series played. Most recent, the Jackets lost two of three to North Carolina at Russ Chandler Stadium in Atlanta, with their lone win coming Saturday in 12 innings (4-2). Georgia Tech opened the ACC schedule by falling in two games to Miami, allowing the Hurricanes to score 34 runs in three games. As a team, Georgia Tech is batting .304, with five batters hitting over .300 on the season. Austin Wilhite leads the way, batting .390 with nine RBI. The Jackets also have two players in the top-15 nationally in home runs. Joey Bart is tied for first in the NCAA with 9 home runs through 18 games, while Kel Johnson has 7, which is tied for 15th. Scoring is a premium for Georgia Tech, as they have sent across 132 runs to this point, and have five players with at least 10 RBI. Ben Schniederjans is expected to start on the mound Tuesday for Georgia Tech. In five appearances, the junior has struck out 11 and walked five, while allowing seven hits in 10.0 innings of work, and has an ERA of .270. In his last outing, Schniederjans struck out a season-high six batters, walked two, and allowed one hit in five innings of work during Georgia Tech’s 2-0 win over Oklahoma last Tuesday, helping the Jackets move to 3-0 in games that are played on a Tuesday this season. After a stellar mid-week start last Wednesday against Jacksonville State, freshman Christian Camacho gets the start for Auburn on Tuesday at Georgia Tech. Camacho struck out four and allowed an earned run in last week’s 10-1 win over the Gamecocks. Entering the game, Camacho is 1-1 with an ERA of 2.70. The Tigers enter the game winners of seven straight dating back to March 11’s 7-5 win in game two over Presbyterian. This will also be the first time this season that Auburn plays a game outside of Plainsman Park, going 17-5 during the program-high 22 game home stand. Over the last eight games, the Auburn defense has turned 12 double plays and leads the SEC with 22 total. Six players in Auburn’s projected lineup are batting over .300, Daniel Robert leads the team in RBI with 19, and Jonah Todd has scored a team-leading 21 times. Auburn Baseball looks to continue their winning streak in Atlanta Tuesday night against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. First pitch is scheduled for 5 P.M. central time.