Spring Trip Opens For St. John's With Three-Game Set At No. 16 Georgia Tech

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Senior outfielder Jimmy Brennan and the Red Storm will play seven-straight games against three 2012 NCAA Tournament teams.

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Senior outfielder Jimmy Brennan and the Red Storm will play seven-straight games against three 2012 NCAA Tournament teams.
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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.

    The Last Meeting
    St. John's13
    Georgia Tech3
    February 27, 2011
    Atlanta, Ga.
    Lobban, Offense Lead No. 23 St. John's Past No. 21 Georgia Tech, 13-3
    Junior lefty Brendan Lobban allowed just three runs in a career-high 7.2 innings and No. 23 St. John's erupted for 12 hits to defeat No. 21 Georgia Tech, 13-3, in the series finale.

    Leading Off
  • 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.

    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.
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