Behind senior LHP Devin Stanton's six shutout innings, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets clinched the series against the Dukies with a 5-1 victory.
The Yellow Jackets got the scoring started off in the bottom of the third inning. After leading off the inning with a single and then taking second on a groundout, freshman 3B Brandon Gold scored from second base on a 2-1 single up the middle from senior captain and 2B Mott Hyde. With two on and two out later in the inning, junior 1B Thomas Smith came up to the plate. On the 2-2 pitch, Smith singled into right field to drive in freshman SS Connor Justus from second. Junior DH AJ Murray came up to bat next. On the first pitch, Murray doubled into right center to bring home sophomore LF Matt Gonzalez from third.
The Yellow Jackets would score again in the bottom of the seventh inning. With two runners on and one man out, AJ Murray came back up to the plate. On the 3-2 pitch, Murray doubled down the left field line to drive in both of the runners on base.
Duke would finally get on the board in the top of the ninth inning. With two runners on and nobody out, senior 3B Jordan Betts came up to the plate. Betts hit a sac fly to center field to bring home redshirt junior RF Chris Marconcini from third.
Starting the game for the Dukies was junior LHP Trent Swart. In his 2.0 innings of work, Swart allowed zero runs on zero hits with one strikeout and two walks. He faced a total of seven batters, totaling 40 pitches before being pulled from his first appearance since Feb. 28. I'm not sure why he hasn't pitched since then, so if anyone knows and wants to share, it would be much appreciated. Coming on in relief of Swart was junior RHP Andrew Istler. In his 4.1 innings of work, Istler allowed five runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts and two walks. He also gave up two doubles. Coming on in his relief was redshirt junior LHP Dillon Haviland. In his 0.2 innings of work, Haviland pitched perfectly, getting both batters he faced out in four pitches. Finishing the game for the Dukies was freshman RHP JR Holloway. In his 1.0 inning of work, Holloway allowed zero runs on one hit with no strikeouts or walks. Andrew Istler was credited with the loss.
Starting the game for the Yellow Jackets was senior captain and LHP Devin Stanton. In his masterful 6.0 innings of work, Stanton allowed zero runs on three hits. Stanton also added four strikeouts, two walks and a hit-batsman. Pitching the final 3.0 innings for Georgia Tech was senior captain and RHP Dusty Isaacs. Isaacs allowed one run on four hits with a strikeout. Devin Stanton was credited with the win, and Dusty Isaacs with the save.
The final game of the series was moved from the original start time to noon on Sunday, due to the potential of rain Sunday afternoon. The game is available on 91.1 FM WREK and ESPN3.