The Georgia Tech baseball team finished their regular season off on a high note with a series win over nationally ranked Duke.
The Georgia Tech baseball team took two of three from the Duke Blue Devils including a 20-7 victory on Friday evening.
The series got started on Thursday night, a change up from the average Friday-to-Sunday weekend series. On Thursday, the Jackets were able to pull through with a 9-6 victory. The Jackets used a big five-run third inning to take a then 7-3 lead over the Blue Devils. They would never need to look back as while the Blue Devils were able to claw back, the Jackets added on insurance runs in the sixth and eighth innings.
As mentioned above, Friday night’s game against the Blue Devils featured 20-runs out of the Yellow Jackets and it was a complete team effort. Seven different Yellow Jackets had multi-RBI games including four Jackets knocking in three-runs each. The Yellow Jackets pitching wasn’t in tip-top shape on Saturday but the breakout on offense was surely needed.
Saturday’s matinée was the only game the Jackets dropped in the three game series, unfortunately coming on Senior Day. It was the final home game for at least five Yellow Jackets as they will say good-bye to Wade Bailey, Jared Datoc, Kel Johnson, Ben Schniederjans, and Patrick Wiseman.
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It was also most likely the last home game for catcher Joey Bart, who is expected to be a top ten, if not top five pick in next month’s MLB Draft. The junior backstop has also been in talks of potentially being the first overall pick in the draft as well.
While the game did result in a 12-5 loss to the Blue Devils, it did have it’s great moments with Joey Bart receiving a standing ovation in his potential last at-bat as a Yellow Jacket and Wade Bailey hitting a home run in his final at-bat.
The Jackets will take part in this year’s ACC Tournament in Durham, North Carolina. The Jackets enter the tournament as the eighth seed and will be in group play with the top overall seed, North Carolina and the 12th seed, Pittsburgh. The Jackets lost five of six to the Tar Heels and Panthers combined only winning one game against Pittsburgh.
The complete seeding of the tournament is as follows;
- North Carolina Tar Heels
- Clemson Tigers
- NC State Wolfpack
- Duke Blue Devils
- Louisville Cardinals
- Florida State Seminoles
- Miami Hurricanes
- Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
- Wake Forest Demon Deacons
- Virginia Cavaliers
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- Pittsburgh Panthers
The Jackets will get their ACC Tournament run started on Tuesday when they take on the Panthers at 11:00 am. The Jackets will then be off till Friday when they take on North Carolina at 3:00 pm. The semifinals in the tournament are set to begin on Saturday with the championship game set for Sunday.