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Georgia Tech Baseball: Jackets top Miami, 13-4

Tech took the series from ACC foe Miami on Saturday in blowout fashion.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

In game two, Connor Thomas (2-3, 4.15) pitched against sophomore RHP Evan McKendry (4-2, 2.04), the reigning ACC pitcher of the week for his shutout of UVA. This game would be drastically different for him as the Jackets scored early, middle, and late to take the series decisively.

The game was a pitchers’ duel until the Tech 3rd, when singles by Serratos, Bart, and Bailey, walks to Murray and McCann, and an RBI hit by pitch of English drove in four runs. Bailey’s single drove in two, and it was the second time in the series English had such an RBI. The Jackets added a run in a strange fashion in their 4th when a video replay overturned Serratos being caught stealing at second. Miami had already gone into their dugout and had to come back. Murray then hit a grounder to first that was dropped by the pitcher covering. Meanwhile, Serratos scored from second on a close play to make it 5–0. They picked up two more in their 5th on four singles by Bailey, Serratos, and both Wilhites. Serratos beat out an infield single with two outs for the first RBI and Nick Wilhite drove in his brother with a single over the shortstop. Thomas was pitching very well through six and finally had some run support.

Freshman RHP Christopher McMahon came in the pitch to Tech in the bottom of the sixth.

Miami scored in their 7th on a pinch hit homerun by Gabe Rivera with Escala on base to make it 7-2. The next two batters also hit deep flies that stayed in.

Connor Thomas tried to get through the 8th, but seemed to be tiring and gave up a single and his first walk before Jared Datoc relieved him with two on and one out. Thomas came off to a well earned ovation from the large crowd. Datoc walked the first batter to load the bases before striking out the next. Then, with two strikes, Quinones poked one barely fair to left that scored two. Datoc then struck out Rivera with two on after an eight pitch at-bat to end the inning with Tech leading 7-4.

The Jackets restored some of the lead early in their 8th when Nick Wilhite singled and went all the way around the bases on a steal and two wild pitches. The one that scored him also let Chase Murray get to first despite striking out. Miami brought in Junior RHP Frankie Bartow in relief with one out and one on. He walked Bart before striking out McCann and had two strikes on Baron Radcliff when Baron put it over the right center wall to restore the seven run lead. After Bailey singled, Bartow was relieved by freshman LHP Jeremy Cook. The Jackets had no mercy on him either, as Guldberg walked and Austin Wilhite and Oscar Serratos had RBI singles to make it 13-4. Miami went to LHP Daniel Epstein, a redshirt junior as Nick Wilhite prepared to be the eleventh Jacket batter of the eighth. Epstein got Wilhite to end the carnage as Robert Winborne came in to pitch. He gave up a hit and walk before striking out the last two to preserve the win. Tech improved to 16-11 (5-6) and Miami fell to 12-14 (6-5) as Thomas got the win and McKendry the loss. Serratos had a 4 for 5 day with two runs and two RBI. Jacket pitchers notched 14 K’s for only 3 walks. It was really a great team win.