The Georgia Tech baseball team earned their first sweep of the 2020 season on Sunday afternoon in a 12-2 win over the Big Ten’s Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Georgia Tech baseball team continued rolling on Sunday afternoon, picking up their fourth straight win and sixth win in seven games this season with a 12-2 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Yellow Jackets cruised to victory on Sunday against the Buckeyes thanks to their second offensive explosion of the weekend. The Yellow Jackets scored their 12 runs on Sunday after stringing together 14 hits and five walks. It marked the second time this weekend the Jackets cracked the double-digit runs mark after scoring 12 runs on Friday evening.
After going down quietly in the first inning, the Yellow Jackets would score in each of their remaining seven innings at the plate. Including a pair of three-run innings coming in the second and sixth.
Two Yellow Jackets went deep in the 12-2 victory with Baron Radcliffe going deep for the first time this season in the third inning while true freshman Stephen Reid hit his first two career home runs, one coming in the second inning and one coming in the eighth inning.
Reid’s fellow freshman counterpart Drew Compton continued his strong start to his collegiate career, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of doubles and one RBI. His batting average sites at .364 on the season. He also walked once while at the plate on Sunday afternoon.
All together, 10 different Yellow Jackets recorded hits on Sunday while seven different Jackets recorded RBI. It was a total team effort from the Jackets offensively and one that should lower any worries there may have been offensively after their first four games of the season.
On the mound, the Yellow Jackets received great performances from their starter Zach Maxwell and the bullpen. Maxwell, made his second career start, going five innings and allowing just one run on a single and three walks. The Georgia native struck out eight Buckeyes in his five innings but did struggle with command a bit as he did have the three walks but also two wild pitches and one hit by pitch.
Maxwell certainly has the potential be an ace pitcher for the Yellow Jackets but he’ll need to wrangle in his control to reach that potential. As a young, power pitcher control issues aren’t necessarily shocking or a concern but will need to be watched as he goes forward.
The Jackets bullpen was strong following Maxwell’s departure, pitching four innings, allowing one run on three hits and one walk. The Buckeyes would scratch across a lone run in the ninth inning but that is all the way would get against the Yellow Jackets bullpen.
Player of the Game: OF Stephen Reid
The true freshman is our player of the game with his two homerun performance at the plate. Reid, for the day was 3-for-5 at the plate with three RBI, he also had five put outs in left field for the afternoon.
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The Yellow Jackets will be back in action on Tuesday, February 25 against the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs with a first pitch set for 4:00 p.m.. Fans can watch the game on ACC Network Extra (cable sign in required) or listen to it via WRECK 91.1 FM.