A five-run sixth inning ultimately doomed the Georgia Tech baseball team as they were defeated by Duke 12-5.
A 4-0 lead was not enough for Georgia Tech who fell to Duke by a final score of 12-5 on Saturday afternoon. The Duke bats scored just two runs in the first five innings before breaking out for five in the fifth and 10 total runs over the course of three innings.
Sophmore Keyton Gibson got the start for the Jackets and would pitch strong the first five innings. After allowing just two runs on three it in the first five innings, Gibson allowed five runs on three hits in the sixth. Gibson’s final line on the day would be 5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, and 2 K.
In the seventh inning, the Blue Devils were able to put three more runs on the board with four consecutive singles with two outs. Which ultimately put the game out of reach for the Yellow Jackets. Connor Thomas, Bailey Combs, and Zac Ryan all pitched in the seventh inning with Thomas and Combs splitting the damage.
Offensively, the Yellow Jackets saw eight of nine starters reach base at least once, including seven for hits. Senior outfielder Ryan Peurifoy was the Jackets’ top performer at the plate going 3-for-4 with one RBI. With his phenomenal day at the plate, Peurifoy now has a 16-game hitting streak, a career high for the senior. Freshman outfielder Chase Murray also drove in two runs with a triple in the third inning.
The loss drops the Yellow Jackets to 24-24 overall on the season and 9-17 in ACC conference play. The final game of the three-game series is set to begin at 1 p.m tomorrow afternoon. The game will be the final regular season road game for the Jackets on the season.