The Yellow Jackets started the season off with a win back on Valentine’s Day, but couldn’t keep that winning trend going and lost the next three games.
Even though the season is still young, Head coach Danny Hall didn’t expect the Georgia Tech baseball team to be 1-3 heading in to last weekend’s series with UNC Greensboro.
On Feb. 21, the Jackets welcomed the Spartans to Russ Chandler stadium to begin a three game series, but that welcome didn’t last long. Thomas Smith had the hot bat and went 3-3 with a homerun and 4 RBI’s. Freshman, Eric knox had a pinch-hit RBI in his first college at bat.
Jonathan King picked up the win, by giving Tech five shutout innings. He gave up one hit, walked one and had two strikeouts. Matt Phillips and Ben Schniederjans pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and ninth inning which propelled the Jackets to a 7-3 victory.
In the second game with UNC, sophomore, Matt Gonzalez had three hits, freshman Ryan Peurifoy & Elliot Barzilli each had two hits and freshman Brandon Gold & Conor Justus had one hit each.
Cole Pitts gave the Jackets five strong innings and left with the game still scoreless. Pitts faced 19 batters, gave up three hits and struck out six, over five innings. Dusty Issacs worked three scoreless innings, facing 11 batters, giving up one hit and walking one. Issacs did enough on the mound to push his record up to 2-0. Issacs turned the ball over to Tanner Shelton, who pitched a scoreless ninth and the Jackets went on to a 7-0 shutout win.
In the final game of the series the Jackets had 18 hits and went on to pummel UNC, 12-3.
Matt Gonzalez & Ryan Peurifoy each had three hits, while Mott Hyde & Elliot Barzilli each drove in three runs.
Starting pitcher, Josh Heddinger made six batters take a U-turn at the plate, without giving up a walk in the 5.1 innings he pitched in. After Heddinger left the game, Devin Stanton, Matt Grimes and DeAndre Smelter, a wide receiver for Coach Paul Johnson, closed out the ballgame for the Jackets.
The Yellow Jackets come out of this weekend series with some confidence in their offense. They were able to get 42 hits and score 26 runs.
Tech will host Kennesaw State on 2/25/14 @ 4:00 pm at Russ Chandler stadium and head into another weekend series with Bowling Green on 02/28/14.
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