The Georgia Tech baseball team started the week off being ranked No. 23 in the College baseball top 25, a ranking attained by winning eight of the last ten games they played, and winning back-to-back weekend series over No. 22 Miami and No. 13 North Carolina.
The Jackets were back on the Flats playing a good Mercer Bears (20-6) team. Freshman Ben Parr pitched a great game, by pitching five solid innings, striking out five batters and allowing two runs on four hits. Even though Parr had a good outing, the Jackets came up on the short end, losing to the Bears 4-1.
Even though the Jackets took the loss, they were still on a roll against ACC opponents and thought they could go into Pittsburgh, Pa. to play the ACC’s newcomer, Pittsburgh Panthers and come out on top.
In the opening game against the Panthers, the Jackets saw a very familiar scenario develop, playing in extra innings. Tech pitched eight scoreless innings after they tied the game at three in the top of the fourth, but the Jackets couldn’t hold off the opponent’s bats and lost this 13 inning battle, 4-3.
The second and third game of the series were played in some blistering cold weather. Saturday’s game temperature was in the middle 40’s and Sunday’s game was 33 degrees, with a wind chill in the 20’s. The Jackets were shut out for the first time this season on Saturday, 5-0 and the Panthers completed the sweep on Sunday with a 4-2 win.
Even though the Jackets went 0-4 this week and dropped out of the top 25, there are plenty of games left to play.
The Jackets head back to Russ Chandler Stadium, on April 2nd, to open up a ten game home stand with a mid-week game against Georgia State. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
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