After a tough week on the diamond against Georgia and Wake Forest, the Georgia Tech baseball team came back strong and had a winning week, taking a single-gamer from Western Carolina, and then taking two out of three from the Miami Hurricanes.
The issues of late inning pitching falling apart seems to have undergone some major correction, with starting pitching now looking to be a slight concern.
After going down by four runs in the first inning to the Catamounts, the pitching staff only gave up one run for the rest of the game. It was the Yellow Jackets hitting that gave them the 7-5 over WCU however, putting up 5 runs in the second inning. The offense was led by Thomas Smith who was 2-for-3 with two RBI, and Mott Hyde, who homered, walked three times and scored three times.
After the comeback win against WCU, it was another ACC series coming to Russ Chandler stadium, with the No. 22 Miami Hurricanes, who had been undefeated in ACC play.
The Jackets dropped the first game 10-8, despite a couple of furious comeback attempts by Tech. Once again it was some early inning woes, putting the Yellow Jackets down by a five-spot in the second inning. The failure of the starters to be able to keep runs from scoring in two straight games had to concern coach Danny Hall.
“It seemed like we gave up a run or two every time we tied it,” said Hall. “We need somebody to step up and get that hit. We kept coming back and coming back, but we needed somebody to get us the lead and we couldn’t get it. To their credit, Palmer had a big hit their in the ninth.”
But thanks to some inclement weather in the Atlanta area, the next day was scheduled as a double-header, and the Jackets played some brilliant ball to sweep the double-dip, and take the series from the Hurricanes, 13-7 and 3-2.
Six of the seven Miami runs in game one were given up by starter Matt Grimes, making three straight games that starters gave up over four runs. Whatever bugaboo was hovering over the bullpen last week has now apparently moved to the starting rotation.
The winning week pushed the Jackets overall record up to 11-8, and 3-3 in the ACC.
The Yellow Jackets are on the road for the next five games, single pops against Kennesaw State and Georgia State, and then a three game set in Chapel Hill against the North Carolina Tar Heels.
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