In the second game of the three-game series, Tristin English hit for the cycle and Georgia Tech would survive a late comeback by North Carolina with a walk-off sacrifice fly to win 11-10 over the number 9 team in the country.
The Jackets would fire out of the gates early scoring three runs in the second inning of Saturday’s matchup against North Carolina. Tristin English tripled and Collin Hall followed with a double. Austin Wilhite would put one up the middle for a single to score Hall from second. Nick Wilhite would follow with another single to put runners at the corners with two outs. A wild pitch would score Austin Wilhite from third and the jackets would finish with three runs in the inning.
The third inning extended the lead to 6-2 after 3, following two doubles and a few errors from the UNC defense. With two more runs in the fourth inning from two base hits and a bases-loaded walk, the Jackets would be in business up 8-2 in the fifth inning.
in the bottom of the sixth inning, Tristin English doubled and was scored by Colin Hall’s second double of the game. The score at this point was 9-2 Jackets. The Tar Heels would score two runs in the seventh and eighth innings to bring the score to 9-6.
Tristin English would add a home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to achieve the cycle. He would finish the game at 5-5.
The Tar Heels would tie the game with four runs in the top of the ninth inning to complete their furious comeback and the Jackets would turn their eyes to the bats. Austin Wilhite would leg out an infield single and Nick Wilhite would sacrifice bunt him to second. Luke Waddell would hit a single to center field and move the runners to the corners with one out. The walk-off would come when Michael Guldberg hit a deep fly ball to score A. Wilhite from third to secure the victory.
Connor Thomas started the game for the Jackets going 6 and 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, with two walks and nine strikeouts. Jonathan Hughes picks up the win for the Yellow Jackets moving his record to 4-2 on the season.
The Jackets will send Brant Hurter to the mound on Sunday in the rubber match of the three-game series as the Jackets look for another pivotal series win.