The Georgia Tech baseball team upset another top-25 team on Tuesday night and kept their perfect midweek effort, moving onto 7-0.
The Jackets traveled to Auburn on Tuesday to take on the No.15 ranked Auburn Tigers and looked to improve upon their 6-0 record.
Getting the start for the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday was in fact not Amos Willingham (our bad) but instead was sophomore right-hander Jack Brace. It was Brace’s third appearance of the season for the Jackets and his first start.
Brace wouldn’t last long however as the Tigers were able to get to him early on Tuesday. Brace would end up lasting just 1.1 innings, surrendering three runs on five hits and a walk. It put the Jackets in a 3-0 hole early but they wouldn’t get discouraged.
But from the third inning on, Tuesday night’s game was all Yellow Jackets, as they scored nine unanswered runs en route to a 9-3 victory. Offensive two big four-run innings did the trick offensive for the Jackets.
DH Michael Guldberg was the Jackets top performer offensively, picking up two hits including a double and three RBI against the Tigers. Kyle McCann and Tristin English also provided two RBI in the effort while Luke Waddell provided a single RBI. Overall, it was a big night for the top of the Jackets order as they drove in all nine runs and collected five hits over the course of 15 ABs. They also combined for four walks on the evening as well. When your one through four hitters reaches base nine times over the course of a game, it usually spells good things for your offense.
The real MVP(s) of the game, however, was the Jackets bullpen trio of Luke Bartinicki, Jonathan Hughes, and Keyton Gibson who shut down Auburn once Brace was lifted. The bullpen pitched 7.2 scoreless innings and allowed just eight base runners in the process (six hits and two walks). They also struck out nine over the course of their duties.
With the victory, the Jackets improved their record on the season to a solid 20-9 overall record including a non-conference record of 13-4. The win propelled the Jackets up the RPI standings as well as they moved into the top-20 and sit at No.18 entering Wednesday. The Jackets will be off until Friday when the North Carolina Tar Heels come to town. The Tar Heels are 22-7 on the season including a conference record of 7-5. They’re winners of their last six straight and are 8-2 over their last 10.