The Georgia Tech baseball team won their second straight game on Thursday night, defeating the eight ranked Virginia Cavaliers 14-7.
Junior infielder Wade Bailey went 3-for-5 on Thursday night and drove in four runs in a 14-7 victory for Georgia Tech. The 14 runs that the Yellow Jackets put up are the most the team has scored in ACC play this season. The victory on Thursday is arguably the Yellow Jackets biggest of the season so far in terms of impact on postseason play.
Freshman infielder Austin Wilhite also had one of his best days as a Yellow Jacket, going 4-for-5 at the plate and driving in four runs as well. Senior outfielder Ryan Peurifoy went 0-for-1 at the plate but was able to draw three walks.
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On the mound was freshman Xzavion Curry who got through six innings while giving five earned runs on eight hits. Three of those eight hits resulted in three home runs and four RBI.
The bright side from Curry’s performance would be his lack of walks as the freshman, walked no batters on Thursday night. It’s the first time this season in14 starts that he did not walk any opposing batters.
For Virginia, sophomore Daniel Lynch took the mound looking for his seventh win. That being said, Lynch’s 5.37 ERA entering Thursday night rang true. Lynch surrendered three earned runs and seven total on nine hits and three walks Thursday. The Cavaliers defense also committed three errors in Lynch’s 5.2 innings pitched.
23rd consecutive winning season & ACC Tournament.
Thursday’s night win moved the Jackets overall record on the season to 27-24 and 11-17 in ACC play. The 27th victory officially ensures that head coach Danny Hall will continue his consecutive winning season streak. The victory also moves the Yellow Jackets one step closer to clinching a spot in the ACC Tournament. With Boston College’s victory on Thursday over Notre Dame, the Jackets will need to ensure one more victory for the tournament bid not to come down to a tiebreaker.
The two teams will return to the diamond on Friday night at 6 pm at Russ Chandler Stadium. Sophomore Keyton Gibson (2-2, 6.37 ERA) will take on UVA’s junior right-hander Derek Casey (3-1, 3.81 ERA). The forecast calls for temperatures in the high 80s around game time with no precipitation in sight should be another beautiful day for baseball in North Atlanta.