Tristin English seemingly did it all on Friday as he helped send the Georgia Tech baseball team to the ACC Semifinals in a 5-4 win over Duke.
Georgia Tech and Duke put on a terrific show on Friday afternoon. The two teams fought for a spot in the ACC Tournament semifinals with the winner facing NC State.
The Blue Devils took an early 3-0 lead on Friday over Connor Thomas and the Yellow Jackets, picking up the three runs on three hits and a walk. The Jackets however battled back in the bottom of the first frame as Tristin English hit a two-run bomb to left field. The home run cut the Blue Devils lead to just one and would be the start of a big day for English.
After the first inning, Connor Thomas settled in and for the most part mad easy work of Duke over the next five innings of work. The highlight of his six innings came in the second when he pitched an immaculate inning. Thomas finished with 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, and 4 K. The Blue Devils added their fourth run in the top of the third inning, giving them at the time a 4-2 lead.
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In the bottom of the third, Luke Waddell was able to get on with one out before two batters later, Kyle McCann sent a rocket over the right field wall to tie the game at 4-4. It was McCann’s 23 home run of the year and is now two away from tying the program record at 25 in a single season.
From there, the two programs would engage in a pitching duel. Both teams over he remainder of the game threatened threatened to score but neither pitching ataff blinked.
The Jackets has their fair share of opportunities leaving eight runners on base throughout the game. They were robbed of one quality scoring chance when Duke centerfielder Kenny Taylor robbed Luke Waddell of a possible RBI in the sixth.
Fear not, however, as Tristin “Mr. Do it all” would finish off his day and the game with a game-winning RBI double in the ninth inning. It would give the Jackets the 5-4 victory, clinching them Pool B in the tournament.
The win also is the Jackets 40th of the season and 80th in ACC Tournament history. The Jackets will take the diamond once again on Saturday at 5 pm as they take on NC State for a shot at the ACC Finals on the line.