Georgia Tech Baseball: Jackets Rally Twice, Come Up Short


Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday was a tough loss for the Georgia Tech baseball team. The Yellow Jackets rallied in the 9th and 11th innings, but came up short to the Kennesaw State Owls and lost 5-3 in 12 innings.

The game started off with the Owls drawing first blood, scoring a run in the first inning. Kennesaw State pushed another run across the plate in the fourth inning increasing their lead to 2-0.

The Jackets were held scoreless until the bottom of the sixth, when Matt Gonzalez reached on a fielding error and advanced to second base. Gonzalez scored the Jackets first run of the night when Brandon Gold, singled to right, making the score 2-1 in favor of Kenesaw State.

The score stayed 2-1 until the bottom of the ninth inning, with one out, Elliot Barzilli doubled down the left field line and would advance to third on a fielding error. Later in the inning Barzilli would score the tying run on a throwing error.

In the top of the 11th, with the score tied 2-2,  Kennesaw State was able to cross the plate, because of a wild pitch and a throwing error by the catcher, Grant Wruble. In the bottom of the 11th the Jackets were able erase Wruble’s throwing error, when Keenan Innis singled to left and came around to score, yet again, the tying run on a double hit by Ryan Peurifoy.

In the top of the 12th inning, tied 3-3,  Kennesaw State had a runner on first and second, when Dylan Ivey reached on a fielding error by Eric Knox, which allowed two runs to cross the plate. In the bottom of the inning, the Jackets had the lead off man on, but  came up short, losing the game 5-3.

The loss to Kennesaw State gives the Jackets a 4-4 record. The two errors in this game were very costly, but on a good note eight of the twelve hits the Jackets had, were hit by freshman.

Tech’s next game will be at Russ Chandler stadium on 4/28/14, when the Jackets open up a three game series against Bowling Green.

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