Sunday night marked the end of the Georgia Tech Baseball 2014 ACC Championship season after losing their second game of the Oxford Regional to the Washington Huskies. The Jackets had a 2-0 lead after the first inning, but gave up two runs in the third and sixth frames to the Huskies who sent Tech packing 4-2.
Georgia Tech had opportunities to get back in the game but the Jackets did a bad job with runners in scoring position going o for 9 in those situations. Pitcher Matt Grimes was tagged for the four runs and took the “L” making his record 5-3 for the season.
The Jackets had a pretty eventful weekend in Oxford, Mississippi. Their opening game of the Oxford Regional was suspended and pushed back to Friday due to weather, which may have been an omen.
Then when they finally did take the field against the Washington Huskies they lose 8-0 behind some wicked pitching from Washington’s Tyler Davis who pitched the whole nine innings not walking any batters and only allowing the Jackets to get four hits. It was hard to find many bright spots in that game outside of the fact that the first round is double elimination and Tech would have a chance to get back on track the next day against their next opponent which turned out to be Jacksonville St.
Jacksonville St. stayed even with the Yellow Jackets until Matt Gonzalez broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run double with two out in the ninth to put Tech on top. The Yellow Jackets went on to win their Saturday session 4-2 and held off elimination for at least a day. However Tech could not solve the riddle that was the Washington Huskies and fell twice to them in this region.
The Jackets have nothing to hang their head about after finishing the season 37-27 with an ACC Championship under their belt. Danny Hall will definitely be back and have his club in contention again next season. But it never feels good to have your season end knowing that you stranded runners and gave up a lead like they did Sunday night.