Georgia Tech baseball started off ACC play on the right foot with a 5-4 win in extra innings.
Georgia Tech (10-4) and Miami (10-3) started a three-game series on Friday that saw the Jackets take the first game by a score of 5-4 in extra innings.
Miami, before the game, was riding one of the best batting averages in the ACC and a perfect 8-0 record on their home field.
Xzavion Curry (2-0 1.80 era) started the game for the Yellow Jackets and in the second inning reached a career milestone of 200 strikeouts. Curry stayed hot throughout the game exiting after 6 1/3 innings with nine strikeouts and would finish with a no-decision after a strong night.
The third inning was the start of the offense for the Yellow Jackets with a few throwing errors by Miami gifting extra bases to the Jackets. Michael Guldberg sliced a single up the middle to score Luke Waddell and took second on a throwing error. The big inning continued as Tristin English crushed a no-doubter to make the score 3-0 after the third inning.
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Miami would find paydirt in the bottom of the fourth inning with a two-run single followed by a solo homer to tie the game at 3 apiece going into the fifth inning. Tristin English would give the Yellow Jackets the lead back in the sixth inning with a solo shot and the score would stay 4-3 thru six.
In the seventh inning, Xzavion Curry would exit after facing one batter and surrender the ball to Jonathan Hughes. Miami would score once in the seventh to tie the game back up at 4-4.
The Jackets had a scoring opportunity in the 8th inning with runners on second and third with two out but Collin Hall was called out at the plate on a pass ball attempt from third. Miami would also leave a runner at third in the 8th inning and neither team could do much in the ninth leading to extra innings.
Kyle McCann would drive a no-doubt home run out of Alex Rodrigez Park to give Georgia Tech a late 5-4 lead in the 10th inning. Miami would get their last chance at tying the game in the bottom of the 10th but failed to make anything happen, although there was a heart-stopping moment in the final out, to give Tech the victory and a 1-0 conference record in the young season.
Jonathan Hughes (1-0 .90 era) would earn the win for the Yellow Jackets sitting down the heart of the Hurricane order in the 10th. Game two of the series will come tomorrow from Coral Gables at 7 p.m. on Saturday.