The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets battled back from a six-run deficit but ultimately dropped Saturday’s regular season finale 10-9.
Despite battling back from 9-3 deficit in the sixth inning, the Georgia Tech baseball team could not squeak out a second win against Virginia on Saturday. Senior outfielder Coleman Poje would have a huge day in his final game at Russ Chandler, going 2-for-4 at the plate with five runs batted in.
The game also marked the end of their time playing at Russ Chandler for Keenan Innis, Jonathan King, Ryan Peurifoy, and Zac Ryan. Peurifoy would go 1-for-2 at the plate with an RBI while Innis went 1-for-5 at the plate hitting out of the eight hole. Ryan would unfortunately be the losing pitcher, giving up the winning run in the top of the ninth.
Ultimately, the game would be a battle of two huge innings, one for each team. Entering the top of the fourth inning, the Cavaliers had a 4-3 lead over the Jackets. In the fourth, the Cavaliers scored five-runs including two on a two-run home run by first baseman Pavin Smith. After the top of the fourth, Virginia held a 9-3 lead. All five runs were charged to Ben Schniederjans who relieved starter Connor Thomas after three innings.
Two innings later, it was Georgia Tech’s turn. First baseman Paxton Rigby started the inning off with a double to left field. After a few singles, a hit by pitch, and walk, it was Poje’s turn at the plate. Poje would turn on an 0-1 pitch and turn it into his 11th home run on the season. Poje’s grand slam would tie the game 9-9 after six innings.
The seventh and eight innings would be smooth for both sides which allowed Zac Ryan to come in for the ninth. Ryan would walk the first batter of the inning and then allow a follow-up single putting runners on the corners. Virginia DH Robbie Coman would be up next and would subsequently hit a sacrifice fly, giving the Cavaliers the lead.
While the game was the final game of the regular season, the Jackets still have life in them as they enter next week’s ACC tournament as the 10th seed. They’ll be part of Pool C which also features Miami and Wake Forest.