Georgia Tech Baseball: No. 25 Jackets Avoid Sweep Against Maryland

Thomas Smith had a total of five hits and three RBI Saturday and Sunday - Danny Karnik/GT Athletics

The Yellow Jackets avoided a weekend sweep after losing Saturday's game 4-1 and beating them Sunday 13-6 in extra innings.

Behind the hitting of senior captain and 2B Mott Hyde and junior 1B Thomas Smith, the Yellow Jackets avoided a sweep against the Maryland Terrapins.

Saturday was rough, as the Yellow Jackets lost 4-1. Senior captain and 2B Mott Hyde and freshman RF Keenan Innis led the way offensively for the Jackets. Mott Hyde went 2-for-4 Saturday, accounting for the Yellow Jackets' only run, being driven in by junior DH AJ Murray. Keenan Innis also had a good day, going 2-for-3 with a walk. Junior CF Daniel Spingola, who was having such a good season, struggled mightily against the Terrapins Saturday. Spingola went 0-for-5 finishing the game with a golden sombrero (four strikeouts).

The pitching for the Yellow Jackets wasn't too bad, as senior captain and LHP Devin Stanton pitched 5.1 innings. Other than walking five batters, Stanton pitched very well. Maryland's starter (freshman RHP Mike Shawaryn) pitched a great game. Shawaryn pitched 6.0 innings, allowing one run on five hits with nine strikeouts.

Sunday's game proved to be much better for the Yellow Jackets, who won by a final score of 13-6 in 12 innings, finishing with a seven-run rally in the twelfth inning led by junior 1B Thomas Smith, whose twelfth inning RBI single gave the Yellow Jackets a lead.

In addition to Thomas Smith's heroics in the twelfth inning, he also added three more hits and three total RBI. Also having a good day at the plate was freshman C Arden Pabst, who went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI. Again struggling at the plate Sunday was junior CF Daniel Spingola. Spingola went 0-for-7. This time, thankfully, he did not strike out once.

Redshirt junior RHP Matt Grimes got the start for the Yellow Jackets Sunday afternoon. In his 3.0 innings of work, Grimes allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits. Grimes failed to strike out a batter, but walked two. In, perhaps, his best outing of the year, senior captain and RHP "Trusty" Dusty Isaacs pitched 4.1 innings of shutout baseball, only allowing four hits and striking out four batters.

As on Saturday, Maryland's starter once again had a good outing. This time, the start came from sophomore LHP Jake Drossner. In his 6.0 innings, Drossner gave up six runs (three earned) on eight hits, striking out eight and walking one.

Georgia Tech's next game is at Mercer Tuesday night at 6 PM. The game will be available on 91.1 FM WREK.

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