Georgia Tech's baseball team made a midweek road trip to Columbus, Ohio to play a quick two game series against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio State came into the series with a 32-14 record and is a pretty good team from the Big 10. Tech has not played their best baseball in recent weeks, so it was important for them to start Tuesday's game off well against a team who could cause them issues.
They did just that on Tuesday, scoring two runs in the first inning thanks to an RBI hit from Zane Evans and a sacrifice fly by Sam Dove. In the fourth inning, Tech put up 4 more runs thanks to a 3 RBI triple by Daniel Palka, and extended the lead to 6-0. This was more than enough though for Jonathan King, who pitched 6 scoreless innings and gave up 4 hits. He had a great game and was efficient, only throwing 74 pitches in his six innings of work. Brandon Thomas, Thomas Smith, and Mitch Earnest also had great games, combining for 7 hits and 3 RBI's. Tech won the game by a final score of 9-2 and was able to get a much needed road win.
The baseball team came into yesterday's game looking for the big road sweep and started off well thanks to a great start from Josh Heddinger. In his six strong innings, he gave up two hits, two walks, and one run to keep Georgia Tech in the game. Alex Cruz followed Heddinger in the 7th, but unfortunately was the difference in the game, giving up 2 ERs in his .2 innings of pitching. Tech's offense was unable to break out against Ohio State's starter, Ryan Riga, who went 7 innings and gave up one run. Zane Evans and Sam Dove each had two hits, but they were the only hitters who were able to do much in the loss. The final score ended up being 3-2 and the team was unable to capitalize on Heddinger's best performance of the season.
Fans have to be pretty encouraged by the team's performance the last two days though. Both King and Heddinger pitched very well and the offense should continue to get opportunities with runners in scoring position. This series should also give the team some confidence heading into their last 7 games of the regular season. They play a huge 3 game home series against the number 1 ranked Tar Heels over the weekend, which means they could use a big home audience. Then they play one last game against georgia before heading down to Coral Gables to play the Hurricanes. Are you satisfied with the team's performance against Ohio State or does it worry you that the offense was unable to capitalize on Heddinger's great performance?