The Georgia Tech baseball team couldn’t hold onto a late lead against the Louisville Cardinals on Sunday, dropping their series finale 5-4.
Georgia Tech together took the first two games of their three-game series this weekend and looked for a series sweep on Sunday afternoon. Early on in Sunday’s game, it looked like the Yellow Jackets were on their way to a huge series sweep over the Cardinals.
Brant Hurter got the start for the Yellow Jackets on Sunday looking to continue a great weekend for Tech starters. All in all, he did a quality job, allowing three earned runs over six innings. He did allow eight hits and two walks in the game but was able to limit the damage to just three runs.
Offensively, the Jackets put together seven hits and were able to take a late lead in the seventh inning, going up 4-3. At that point, the Jackets looked to be in the driver seat for a series sweep.
The Jackets downfall on Sunday, however, came down to Danny Hall’s mismanagement of the ninth inning. Pitcher Jonathan Hughes who is usually strong and steady was obviously struggling on Saturday and Danny Hall didn’t choose to lift him despite walking the bases loaded in the ninth. While you could make a case for keeping Hughes in after his first walk, keeping him after the second walk is questionable and keeping him in after the third walk is just flat out a horrible decision. His mismanagement of the ninth inning could have very well cost the Jackets their chance at a weekend sweep of the top-10 ranked Louisville program.
Despite the disappointing series finale for the Jackets, it was a great weekend for the Jackets. The Jackets took s critical series against a top-ACC opponent and it will pay off down the road if they can continue their strong play.
The Jackets this upcoming weekend will take on another ranked program in Georgia on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 pm. The Jackets will then take on Notre Dame at home next weekend in a three-game series. The Fighting Irish are coming off a series loss to Florida State and have an ACC record of 5-4.