The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (8-7, 1-2 ACC) swept the Bowling Green Falcons (2-8) in a three game series last weekend by a combined score of 19-10. After the three game series, the Jackets were looking forward to carrying that winning streak up to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs.
While Tech was in Athens, they were looking to give the fans at Foley Field some free baseball, since the game was all knotted up at zero, heading into the bottom of the ninth. But it wasn’t to be for the Jackets, who gave up a run on an errant throw to second by catcher Mitch Earnest, followed by a base hit that gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 win.
Following the game Georgia Tech baseball head coach Danny Hall, said,“We’ve got to move on. We open up in the conference this weekend and we’ve got to be ready to go.”
After the disappointing loss to Georgia, the Yellow Jackets hoped to get back in the winning column again as they opened up ACC conference play, with a three game series against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-5, 2-1 ACC). However, the poor pitching late in games sank the Jackets, who lost two of three to the Deacons by scores of 9-2 and 12-8, salvaging only the final game of the series in a 5-1 win, thanks in part to pitcher Matthew Grimes’ performance.
“We’ve got to score more than two runs when we get 11 hits, again we failed to get guys in when they’re in scoring position,” said coach Danny Hall after the first game against Wake.
Tech started the week off with a tough loss, to that “other team” up the road and lost two out of three in the ACC conference opener to Wake Forest. Some might look at the schedule and think a 1-4 week is pretty bad, but if you look at the three game series with Wake, each game the Jackets improved from game to game.
In the first game, nine pitchers were sent to the mound and only two runs were scored on eleven hits. In the second game only five pitchers went to the mound and eight runs were scored on twelve hits. Then in the final game, three pitchers were sent to the mound and five runs were scored on eight hits. Even though the Jackets lost three games, the Jackets were able to show they are able to see the mistakes they made and improve on them.
If that kind of improvement, particularly from the pitching staff, can continue, then the Yellow Jackets will find themselves in good shape.
[Stats Source: RamblinWreck.com]
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