After winning the weekend series with the Miami Hurricanes, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-8, 3-3 ACC), took to the road last week, where they played single games with Kennesaw State and Georgia State and ended the week with a three game series with No.13 North Carolina Tar Heels.
The week started off on the right foot, when the starting pitching from the Jackets appeared to be correcting the mistakes they were making earlier in the season. Freshman Tanner Shelton pitched a gem of a game for five innings, giving up one run on two hits. Tanner left the game with a 5-1 lead, and turned the ball over to the relievers, who gave up a game-tying grand slam in the sixth inning, but the Jackets were able to rally back and score a run in the ninth inning on a balk by Owls pitcher.
The Yellow Jackets were now looking to extend their winning streak to four games, but they would need to get past the Panthers of Georgia State.
It didn’t look too good for freshman pitcher, Ben Parr, who gave up two runs in the first inning, but he battled back and retired the final 13 batters he faced and came away with the win. The offense was able to come alive and was able to collect 15 hits, with seven of them being doubles, and the Jackets came out on top 9-4.
The Yellow Jackets went into Chapel Hill with a little more confidence, since the pitching staff was starting to turn things around and perform up to Head coach Danny Hall’s expectations.
In the first game against the Tar Heels, pitchers, Josh Heddinger, Sam Clay and Dusty Isaacs were outstanding, striking out 16 of the batters that came to the plate, but the Jackets came up short, losing 3-2 in the bottom of the 11th. Despite the loss Coach Hall was happy with his pitchers efforts.
“We pitched it well and it’s a shame to lose when you pitch well on a Friday night,” [Source: RamblinWreck.com]
Due to the inclement weather that was headed for North Carolina on Sunday, a double header was scheduled on Saturday and the Jackets were ready for the Tar Heels, sweeping them in the doubleheader, 6-5 and 9-1.
The Jackets have now won two straight series against ranked ACC opponents.
This past week has shown that the Jacket’s pitching staff is starting to figure out the problems they were having at the beginning of the season. If they continue to improve and mature over the rest of the season, this team will be hitting on all cylinders at the right time….. and that might not be a good thing for the rest of the ACC.
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