Jackets Baseball Comes Back to Win in 11, Take Series from #1 UNC

Danny Karnik/Georgia Tech Athletics

Tech takes the series in Atlanta from the top ranked Tar Heels.

No. 1 North Carolina, with a 45-6 record, suffered a 9-8 loss in 11 innings against the Jackets in Atlanta. Carolina jumped out to a 7-1 lead after five and a half innings but the Yellow Jackets would not go quietly as they pushed across a pair of runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to climb within three at 8-5.

Holding an 8-5 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth the Tar Heels were three outs away from the series win but Tech would mount another rally and forced extra innings, where Zane Evans singled home the game-winning run in the 11th inning.

Tech scored a pair of unearned runs in the sixth inning to close the gap to four at 7-3. The Heels scored one in the 7th, but the Tech offense found two more runs in the bottom half of the 7th, thanks to Mott Hyde's 2nd home run in the series to creep with in three runs.

After a scoreless eighth inning the UNC reliever issued a leadoff walk in the ninth. A single to center and a ground ball to short and a hit by pitch would load the bases. A slow chopper to second base would prevent the Tar Heels from turning a double play as a run scored from third. Zane Evans singled to center field to plate another run before Daniel Palka to hit a ball on the ground ball got that through the right side and into right field for the game-tying RBI single.

Zane Evans retired the Tar Heels in order in the 10th and 11th before delivering the game-winning single in the bottom half. Guess who gets the game ball ball?

The series loss is the first of the year for the Tar Heels and the first since Georgia Tech claimed a 2-1 series win in Chapel Hill a year ago. Go Jackets. This was a huge win!!! On to the ACC Tournament and Omaha!

Do you see this win propelling Georgia Tech on to a big late-season run?

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