Georgia Tech won their series opener against Pittsburgh on Friday giving them seven wins in their last eight ACC games.
It came down to the wire but the Georgia Tech baseball kept rolling on Friday in ACC play. On Friday night, the Jackets took on the Pittsburgh Panthers to begin a huge series in terms of ACC implications and took the series opener 7-3.
Xzavion Curry got his usual Friday night start against the Panthers and gave the Jackets six solid innings allowing three runs. While it wasn’t his best start by any stretch, Curry was able to keep the damage minimal despite allowing eight hits and one walk. Andy Archer relieved Curry on Friday and kept the Panthers bats at bay for the final three innings, allowing just a lone hit and walk in his three frames.
Offensively, Kyle McCann was the hero of Friday night’s win over Pittsburgh. The sophomore hit a game-winning grand slam in the top of the ninth inning that gave the Jackets a 7-3 victory. It was McCann’s second hit of the night as he went 2-for-5 at the plate to continue his great sophomore campaign.
Junior catcher Joey Bart had his usual phenomenal performance at the plate as he reached base five times Friday night collecting two hits and three walks. The future first-round pick is now up to 26 walks on the season while he’s only struck out 31 times over 177 plate appearances. He’s also hitting .368 with 11 home runs and 24 RBI on the season.
Sophomore Chase Murray’s campaign to hit .400 continued on Friday night as he went 2-for-4 on Friday night putting him right at .400 for the season. On Saturday, the Jackets will send sophomore left hander Connor Thomas to the mound. Thomas is 4-3 on the season with a 3.71 ERA in 51.0 innings pitched.