Coming off of a series win against former No. 1 Florida State and a win against the in-state rival dwagz, No. 25 Georgia Tech came into the Maryland series very confident. Unfortunately, that confidence may have gone straight to their heads as the Terrapins completed a come-back win, winning 7-2.
The Yellow Jackets got the scoring started off quickly, scoring a single run in both the top of the first and the top of the second. With the bases loaded and nobody out, junior 1B Thomas Smith came up to the plate. On the 0-1 pitch, Smith hit a grounder to SS, which was enough for junior CF Daniel Spingola to score from third. That would be the only offense the Yellow Jackets could muster, however, in the first inning as the next two batters struck out and grounded out, respectively.
The Yellow Jackets scored again in the top of the next inning. With a runner on second and two outs, junior CF Daniel Spingola came up to the plate. On the 1-0 pitch, Spingola singled through the right side, which was good enough to score the runner (freshman RF Keenan Innis) from second.
The Terrapins would finally get on the board in the bottom of the second inning. With a runner on second and two outs, junior LF Tim Lewis came up to the plate. On the first pitch he saw in the at-bat, Lewis singled up the middle to bring home the runner (senior SS Blake Schmit) from second base.
The game would stay at the score of 2-1 until the bottom of the seventh inning. With a runner on second and one out, Tim Lewis came back up to the plate. This time Lewis singled into right field to bring home the runner (Blake Schimt again) from second base. A few batters later, the bases were loaded. The Terrapins decided to attempt a squeeze bunt with junior CF Charlie White. It worked to perfection. White got to first due to an error, and Tim Lewis scored from third. The Terrapins scored their final run of the inning with the next at-bat. On the 1-0 pitch, redshirt freshman 2B Brandon Lowe hit a sac fly to LF to bring home senior DH Kyle Convissar.
The Terrapins were good for another three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. With two on and nobody out, sophomore 3B Jose Cuas came up to bat. After working a full count, Cuas crushed a home run to LF to score the final three runs of the game.
Starting the game for the Yellow Jackets was junior RHP Josh Heddinger. In his 6.1 innings of work, Heddinger allowed four runs on four hits, while striking out six batters and walking two. Heddinger also hit two Terrapins. Coming on in his relief was sophomore LHP Sam Clay. In his 0.2 innings, Clay allowed one run on no hits, with a walk and a strikeout. Clay also hit a Terrapin. Finishing the game for the Yellow Jackets was freshman RHP Zac Ryan. In his 1.0 inning of work, Ryan allowed two runs on two hits, with a strikeout and two walks. Ryan also gave up a home run. Josh Heddinger was credited with the loss.
Starting the game for the Terrapins was senior RHP Jake Stinnett. Stinnett pitched a complete game. He allowed two runs on five hits, with 10 strikeouts and four walks. Stinnett also hit two Yellow Jackets and gave up a double. He, of course, was credited with the win.
Saturday's game will be at 2 PM and will be available on 91.1 FM WREK.
Well, that could have gone better. Can we rebound and still win the series?