The Georgia Tech baseball team continued their hot streak to start the season defeating Youngstown State 15-6.
The Yellow Jackets eight run first inning could’ve been all the Yellow Jackets needed on Friday as they pounded their 15 runs on 14 hits and five walks. Four of those hits on Friday were homeruns for the Yellow Jackets as Chase Murray, Joey Bart, Coleman Poje, and Kyle McCann all went deep on Friday. It was the first career homeruns for freshman Chase Murray and Kyle McCann.
In the Yellow Jackets eight run first inning, it was nothing but small ball. The eight runs came on four singles, two doubles, two walks and one error. Georgia Tech would add on three runs in the second on Chase Murray’s three-run shot. They would also add one run in the third, fourth, fifth, and eighth innings.
In a game where ten different Yellow Jackets reached base, first baseman Kel Johnson was one of a few Yellow Jackets to not reach base. The star first baseman and Golden Spikes candidate went 0-for-4 on Friday.
That being said, the Palmetto native is still hitting at an impressive .350/.360/1.100 slash this season with five homeruns and 11 RBI. The 6-foot-4, 203-pound first baseman is well on his way of breaking his career high in homeruns and RBIs at 11 homeruns and 54 RBI.
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On the mound, freshman Xzavion Curry got the start going five innings giving up three runs. Curry gave up seven hits and two walks while striking out five. Following Curry was a trio of sophomores out of the bullpen as Robert Wilborne, Jake Lee, and Burton Dulaney. Wilborne pitched a scoreless sixth inning while Lee gave up three runs in two innings. Dulaney came in, in the ninth to close out the game.
The Yellow Jackets will return to the diamond on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The game can be seen on the ACC Digital Network. Sophomore Jonathan Hughes should be on the mound for the Yellow Jackets.
Player of the Game: C Joey Bart
Bart went an impressive three-for-four on Friday night, with one homerun and three RBI. His second homerun of the season, Bart has now eclipsed his 2016 season total of one homerun. So far this season Bart is hitting .364 with two homeruns and five RBI.