The 17th Georgia Tech baseball team defeated the Belmont Bruins 12-3 to open their weekend series.
The bats were alive for the Georgia Tech baseball team once again on Friday afternoon, as the Jackets scored 12 runs on 12 hits. The 12-3 victory over Belmont improved Georgia Tech’s record to 8-1 on the season.
Xavion Curry tossed a gem on Friday, pitching six shutout innings. Throughout his six innings of work, Curry struck out seven Bruins while allowing just one hit and two walks. The true freshman is now 3-0 on the season with a 1.69 ERA allowing just three earned runs over 16 innings of work.
Jonathan King made his third appearance on Friday but struggled, failing to record an out. Lasting just 12 pitches, King allowed three runs on one hit and two walks. Sophomore Jake Lee came in for relief of King and threw three shutout innings, collecting his first save of the season.
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While it was expected that Dylan King would start Friday afternoon’s game for Belmont, it was Tyler Vaughn who was on the mound instead. Vaughn who has the potential of striking out plenty of opposing hitters was hit around by the Jackets over his six innings of work.
In Vaughn’s six innings the Yellow Jackets collected nine hits including two home runs for nine runs (seven earned). Vaughn struck out just two Jackets throughout his six innings, after averaging 1.63 strikeouts per inning.
The two Yellow Jackets to hit home runs on Friday were third baseman Trevor Carport and catcher Joey Bart. For Carport, it was his second of the season while Bart collected his fourth of the young season.
The star of the Yellow Jackets offense, however, was leadoff hitter and second baseman, Wade Bailey. Bailey went 3-for-5 during Friday’s affair, collecting two doubles and three RBI in the process. In total eight different Yellow Jackets collected hits on Friday.
The Yellow Jackets and Bruins will be back on the diamond on Saturday at 2 pm. Sophomore Jonathan Hughes (0-0, 1.29 ERA) is expected to be on the mound for the Jackets while Belmont ace Dylan King (brother of Jonathan King) takes the mound for the Bruins. King so far is 2-0 on the season with an outstanding ERA of 0.69 through his first 18 innings pitched.