Georgia Tech completed a three-game series sweep of Miami on Sunday afternoon, downing the Hurricanes by a final score of 4-1 at Russ Chandler Stadium.
When you get swept in a series, like at Clemson, the only full antidote is to sweep somebody. Tech would attempt that Sunday. Trying to salvage a game, Miami sent junior RHP Andrew Cabezas (2-2, 3.24) against Tristen English (0-0, 4.2). Cabezas had pitched four relief innings in the first two games last spring, taking the loss in game 2. He had then beaten Tech in the ACC tournament by pitching 6.1 innings of strong relief through the 13th, but today he was let down by his teammates offensively and defensively as the Jackets won and swept the Hurricanes.
The top of the 1st was highlighted by a nice 1-6-3 DP where English fielded the ball and lobbed it toward second, knowing Wilhite or Bailey would get there to turn it. He was rewarded with an early lead in the bottom of the inning when Murray singled, moved to third on McCann’s double and scored on Bailey’s single. Radcliff just missed what would have been a three run shot to end the inning. The slim lead lasted until the top of the third, when a leadoff homer by Gonzales tied it at one.
There was great pitching and little offense until the bottom of the 6th, when Bailey doubled with one out and moved to third when Colin Hall beat out an infield hit. Bailey then scored on a wild pitch, giving Tech a 2-1 lead. Andy Archer relieved English for the 7th and got the ‘Canes in order.
There was plenty of drama in the Miami 8th when a walk and bunt moved Lane to second. Serratos made the defensive play of the game on a hard ball down the line to hold the runner but couldn’t get the out. After a strikeout, Perez hit a grounder that Bailey threw wide to first, but McCann held the bag and a video review upheld out three. Whew! Serratos’ play had saved a run.
Tech got some nice insurance in their 8th when Bailey walked and Colin Hall poked one into right. Both speedsters went for two bases and Miami made a couple of throwing errors to allow Bailey to score and Hall to get to third. Radcliff then flew out to shallow right, scoring Hall from third despite another video review of the safe call. Tech led 4-1 and Frankie Bartow relieved Cabezas, who had pitched really well and deserved better.
Archer came back for the Miami 9th and got the Hurricanes in order to earn his first save. English got his first win and Cabezas the loss as Tech improved to 17-11 (6-6) while Miami fell to 12-15 (6-6). A trip to Athens and a hot uga team is next for the Jackets, followed by Mike Martin’s Seminoles here. It’s nice to be back to .500 in conference play.