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Baseball: Yellow Jackets Lose 9-2 as Fischer Pitches Complete Game

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Georgia Tech opens up ACC play with a loss to the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest

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Coming into today, the Yellow Jackets were looking to continue their recent success in weekend series (two consecutive sweeps). There was not much success for the Yellow Jackets today.

Georgia Tech did get the scoring started off in the bottom of the first inning when Daniel Spingola scored on a Matt Gonzalez groundout to 2B.

Wake Forest countered with a run of their own in the third and fourth innings. In the third, senior DH Charlie Morgan smashed a homerun to RF on a 3-2 pitch to tie the game up. Wake Forest would take the lead in the next inning when freshman Will Craig launched a homerun to RF on a 1-1 pitch.

Georgia Tech would tie the game back up for the last time in the bottom of the fourth inning. On the first pitch of his at-bat, Thomas Smith extended his hit streak to nine games with a single back up the middle which allowed Matt Gonzalez to score from third.

The Demon Deacons would explode for six runs in the sixth inning. Senior Conor Keniry got the scoring started in the sixth with a double down the LF line on an 0-2 pitch to bring home senior Matt Conway. The scoring would continue with the next batter freshman Ben Breazeale. With a 2-2 count, Breazeale singled to 2B, allowing sophomore Jimmy Redovian and Keniry both to score. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, junior Grant Shambley hit a single to SS allowing Breazeale to score. The next batter, senior Charlie Morgan, hit a double down the RF line to score the last two runs: sophomore Joey Rodriguez and senior Evan Stephens.

Wake Forest would tack on a final insurance run in the top of the ninth inning, when Will Craig scored an unearned run off of a Ben Breazeale fielder's choice.

Starting the game for the Yellow Jackets was LHP Jonathan King. After pitching 38 pitches through only 2.0 innings, King was pulled in favor of senior LHP Devin Stanton. In King's 2.0 innings of work, he allowed zero runs on zero hits. He also struck out two batters, but walked three. Stanton would work for 3.0 innings, allowing two runs on two hits with two strikeouts and two homeruns allowed. Coming in the sixth inning in relief of Devin Stanton was senior RHP Jonathan Roberts. In his 0.2 innings of work, Roberts allowed five runs on three hits with zero strikeouts and two walks. Freshman LHP Ben Parr would attempt to finish the inning for Roberts, but failed to record an out. Instead, Parr allowed another run on two hits and hit a batter. Finishing the inning for the Yellow Jackets was sophomore Joe Wiseman. In his 0.1 innings of work, Wiseman allowed recorded a strikeout and hit a batter. Pitching the seventh inning for Georgia Tech was freshman RHP Matt Phillips. In his lone inning of work, Phillips did not allow a run on only one hit and also struck out and walked a batter. Sophomore LHP Sam Clay pitched the eighth inning. He allowed no runs on no hits and struck out a batter. Combining to pitch the ninth inning were two freshman RHPs: Ben Schniederjans and Matthew Gorst. Schniederjans allowed a run on no hits, but walked two batters with no strikeouts. Gorst recorded the final two outs. He allowed no hits and no runs and struck out a batter.

Starting and pitching the entire game for Wake Forest was senior RHP Jack Fischer. In his 9.0 innings of work, Fischer allowed two runs on 11 hits. He also struck out four batters and walked two.

Is this game a sign of things to come in ACC play? What do we need to fix to come back and win the series? Can we do what is necessary to do so?