Despite excellent pitching efforts from Devin Stanton and Ben Parr, the Yellow Jackets were unable to muster up enough runs to prevent being swept by No. 1 Virginia, losing Saturday's game 4-3 in 11 innings and Sunday's game 3-1.
After being delayed for three hours Saturday afternoon, Georgia Tech looked to be in good position to tie the series up at on game apiece until the bottom of the ninth inning.
Senior captain and 2B Mott Hyde extended his reaching base streak to 29 games Saturday afternoon, getting two hits and scoring twice. Senior C Mitch Earnest also had two hits, driving in a run. Also driving in runs were sophomore LF Matt Gonzalez and junior 1B Thomas Smith.
With the Yellow Jackets winning 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday, the Wahoos of UVA came to the plate for their last chance to send this game into extra innings. The first batter up was junior LF Derek Fisher. After hitting a single and stealing second, Fisher advanced to third base on a groundout. Two batters later, junior 2B Brandon Cogswell came up to the plate and hit a sac fly to left field on a full count to tie the game up.
The Yellow Jackets tried to get on the board again in the top of the tenth inning, but could not manage a hit after Mott Hyde led the inning off with a single and advanced to second on a sac bunt.
After both teams going down in order in the bottom of the tenth and the top of the eleventh, the Wahoos came up to end the game. After loading the bases, Brandon Cogswell came back up to the plate for the first time since tying the game up, and sending it into extra innings. Senior RHP Jonathan Roberts walked him on four pitches after walking the last two batters to load the bases, thus ending the game with UVA winning by a final score of 4-3.
Senior captain and LHP Devin Stanton started the game for the Yellow Jackets. In his 6.0 innings, Stanton allowed one run on five hits and struck out five batters, walking three. Coming on in his relief was senior captain and RHP "Trusty" Dusty Isaacs. In his 4.0 innings of work, "Trusty" Dusty allowed two runs on four hits while striking out one batter and walking two. Finishing the game up was senior RHP Jonathan Roberts. In his 0.1 innings of work, Roberts allowed the game-winning run on a hit and three walks. Roberts was credited with the loss, his second of the season.
Georgia Tech looked to rebound and at least take one game of the series on Mother's Day (hi Mom, if you're reading this, I love you!). Unfortunately, that did not work out too well for them. Despite another excellent pitching performance, the Yellow Jackets were only able to manage one run from a home run by freshman IF Elliott Barzilli, his second of the season.
Freshman LHP Ben Parr started Sunday's game for the Yellow Jackets. In his 6.0 innings of work, Parr allowed two runs on eight hits, but was unable to strike out an opposing batter. Finishing the game was sophomore LHP Sam Clay. In his 2.0 innings of work, Clay allowed one run on two hits with three strikeouts and four walks. Parr was credited with the loss, his third of the season.
The Yellow Jackets will be back in action Tuesday night as they take on the final game of this season's Clean Old-Fashioned Hate at Turner Field. The game starts at 7 PM and is available on 91.1 FM WREK, or you can watch it on Fox Sports South (not SportsSouth).