The Georgia Tech baseball team dropped their series finale to Clemson on Sunday afternoon by a final score of 11-7.
The Georgia Tech baseball team looked for a series sweep of Clemson on Sunday afternoon but a late rally by Clemson in the game ended up costing the Jackets the victory.
Brant Hurter got the start for the Yellow Jackets on Sunday but ended up going just one inning. The left-hander was struggling with some forearm tightness earlier this week, so a flare up in his forearm would make sense of why he was pulled after just 17 pitches.
Curt Roedig ended up getting the next five innings of work. Over those five innings, Roedig allowed three earned runs over five hits and one walk. When he left the ball game after the sixth inning, the Jackets had a 7-4 lead. Unfortunately for Roedig, the remainder of the Jackets bullpen couldn’t hold onto the lead.
Amos Willingham and Micah Carpenter both had poor performances, giving up a total of six runs in between themselves. For Carpenter, his struggles have continued throughout this season and his ERA is now 6.19 on the season. He picked up his first loss of the season and is now 0-1 on the year.
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Offensively, it was much of what we’ve come to expect out of the top-15 ranked Yellow Jackets this season. They made solid contact at the plate and did their part in all reality, it’s certainly not the offensive’s fault that the bullpen couldn’t hold down the game. They collected 10 hits and four walks in the 11-7 loss.
The Jackets also put on a power display on Sunday afternoon, hitting four home runs for the game. Kyle McCann and Baron Radcliffe each went deep once while Tristin English had a two-home run game. English led the team with four RBI drove in for the game.
But the story of the game is not the offense but the fact the Jackets blew a once 5-1 lead en route to their 11-7 loss. The Jackets haven’t had many losses to think about this season, this being just their 14th but this was one of their ugliest losses to say the least.
For the Jackets, this loss to Clemson could come back and bite them later in the year. With just two ACC series to go, the Jackets are tied atop the ACC Coastal with North Carolina. Both teams have 15-9 conference records.
The Jackets will be off for this entire week before taking on the Western Carolina Catamounts next weekend.