Senior outfielder Jimmy Brennan and the Red Storm will play seven-straight games against three 2012 NCAA Tournament teams.
Feb. 21, 2013
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QUEENS, N.Y. -
After a tough opening weekend at the Snowbird Baseball Classic, St. John's (0-4) heads to Atlanta for a three-game set against No. 16 Georgia Tech (4-0) to open a brutal Spring Trip that includes seven-straight games against a trio of teams that participated in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
The Red Storm and Yellow Jackets open the series at Russ Chandler Stadium on Feb. 23 with a 4 p.m. game that will air on ESPN3 before a 2 p.m. game on Feb. 23 that is also on ESPN3. The series concludes with a 1 p.m. game on Feb. 24.
Friday will mark the first of eight games this season against four different ACC opponents (Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Boston College and Miami) on the schedule.
St. John's used 12 different pitchers in its four games on Opening Weekend, including eight freshmen. The freshmen made 2-of-4 starts and combined to toss 19.0-of-33.0 innings (57.6 percent).
A 4-0 loss to FGCU on Opening Day marked the first time that St. John's had been blanked in its season-opener since 1995.
Head coach Ed Blankmeyer enters the weekend with 589 career wins, just 23 shy of becoming the winningest coach in St. John's baseball history.
The Last Meeting
February 27, 2011
Inside The Series With Georgia Tech
St. John's and Georgia Tech have met five times in an all-time series that dates back to 1991.
The Red Storm is 2-3 against the Yellow Jackets, including a 13-3 win in the most recent meeting on Feb. 27, 2011 in the series finale of a three-game set.
St. John's and Georgia Tech split a pair of games in the Atlantic Regional of the 1991 NCAA Tournament. St. John's notched a 5-4 win on May 23 in the first-ever matchup between the teams, but lost 5-4 on May 25 in an elimination game.
Scouting The Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech is 4-0 on the year after sweeping a three-game series against Akron on Opening Weekend before a midweek win against Georgia State.
The offense is hitting .360 as a team and is outscoring the opposition by a 34-11 margin.
Matt Gonzalez paces the offense with a team-high .615 (8-for-13) batting average and has one home run to go with a team-best eight RBI.
Daniel Palka is batting .467 (7-for-15) with two doubles, one home run and five RBI, while Sam Dove is batting .353 (6-for-17) with two doubles and six RBI.
The pitching staff has a 2.25 ERA through four games and has 41 strikeouts in 36.0 innings of work, while allowing just a .192 batting average.
Buck Farmer (1-0, 0.00) leads the rotation and racked up 14 strikeouts in 8.0 scoreless innings of work in an Opening Day start against Akron.
McCormick Tosses 6.0 Scoreless Against Ohio State For No-Decision In Collegiate Debut
Freshman Ryan McCormick worked 6.0 scoreless innings in a start against Ohio State (Feb. 17) to earn a no-decision in his collegiate debut.
The performance marked the longest scoreless start by a Red Storm freshman since Kyle Hansen worked 6.1 shutout frames against Connecticut on May 30, 2010 in the BIG EAST Tournament Finals.
McCormick, who allowed three singles, walked one and totaled four strikeouts, worked four 1-2-3 innings and retired six-straight and 11-of-12 after allowing a single to the first batted he faced.