The Georgia Tech baseball program began their bid for a national championship on Friday night with a 13-2 win over Florida A&M.
Georgia Tech on Friday night started their journey to a potential National Championship by taking on the No.4 seed of the Atlanta Regional, the Florida A&M Rattlers. The Jackets, the No.3 overall seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament were led by a gutsy pitching performance from junior right hander Amos Willingham on the mound.
Willingham pitched six strong innings for the Jackets, allowing just two runs. The junior got into a few jams throughout his six innings but ultimately was able to strand most of the eight hitters that were allowed on base with him on the mound. He ended up allowing six hits and two walks while striking out four. The Jackets bullpen in relief of Willingham was stellar, pitching three shutout innings.
Offensively, the Jackets got out to a big lead fast on Friday night, picking up two runs a piece in each of the first two innings before adding on an insurance run in the fifth. The Jackets bats would go quiet following the third inning but would break out in the seventh inning.
In that seventh inning, the Jackets scored five runs, taking the once 5-2 game to a 10-2 game, putting the Jackets well out in front of the Rattlers and in all reality, clinching their victory.
Offensively, Tristin English and Colin Hall were the Jackets two offensive leaders in the victory. English went 4-for-4 at the plate against the Rattlers and also walked once while driving in five for the game (we told you he’d have a big game). Hall, on the other hand, went 3-for-5 for the game while driving in a pair of base runners. The Jackets were also helped offensively due to four errors from the Florida A&M defense.
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With the victory, the Jackets will move into the winner’s bracket portion of the Atlanta Regional and have a date on Saturday with the Auburn Tigers. The Tigers on Friday afternoon crushed Coastal Carolina 16-7. The two teams will take the field at Russ Chandler Stadium at 7:00 pm on Saturday night. Coastal Carolina and Florida A&M will play earlier in the day with the two teams looking to keep themselves from being eliminated.