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Georgia Tech Baseball: Jackets drop game three to Duke, 12-5

The Jackets will still head to the ACC Tournament, but with even less wiggle room to make the NCAA’s postseason.

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Trying for the sweep, Tech sent Brant Hurter to the mound Saturday on Senior Day vs sophomore LHP Adam Laskey. Before the game, seniors Wade Bailey, Jared Datoc, Kel Johnson, Jonathan Langley, Ben Schneiderjans, and Patrick Wiseman were rightfully honored along with their families for their years of commitment to Georgia Tech baseball. Gentlemen, you will be missed. Note: if you don’t recognize Langley’s name, check out this profile on the official website. I think he represents just what makes us proud about our Institute.

The first inning started well, with two quick outs. But then Brant lost his control and hit two, walked two, and gave up two singles to give Duke a 2-0 lead before he stranded the bases loaded. In Duke’s 2nd, Conine hit a three run blast that cleared the batters eye to make it 5-0.

Tech loaded the bases with one out in their 3rd, and Duke brought in freshman RHP Bryce Jarvis to face Bart. He struck out Joey before McCann drove in two with a single to briefly make it 5-2. Unfortunately, Duke added three more in their 4th, highlighted by Conine’s second homer off Micah Carpenter in relief.

Colin Hall led off the Tech 4th with a single, but was thrown out at 2nd on a replay call when he barely slid over the bag. Jake Lee pitched a scoreless 5th, but got hit hard in the 6th and came out after two more runs scored and with two on and two outs. Robert Winborne came in with Duke up 10-2. He gave up another run and it was 11-2. Duke’s ability to get two out RBI’s is impressive.

In the Tech 6th, graduate RHP Ethan Decaster came in after Jarvis walked Bart and McCann to lead off.

Tech got one run when PH Luke Waddell singled in Bart and it was 11-3. Ben Schneiderjans came in to pitch on Senior Day and had a clean 1-2-3 7th. Cameron Turley, freshman catcher and RHP, made his first mound appearance in the Duke 8th, but Duke scored an unearned run on an error by Hall to make it 12-3.

Joey Bart made what is almost certainly his last home at-bat by walking, and came off for a pinch runner to a standing ovation; the ad hoc Senior Day for the future pro. Duke brought in Jack Labosky from the infield to pitch and he got the third out in the 8th. Bailey Combs came in to pitch the 9th and had a 1-2-3 inning aided by Wade Bailey’s nice last play as Tech’s second baseman.

After Waddell started the Tech 9th with a single, Patrick Wiseman made his senior day appearance at the plate. He didn’t reach, but Wade Bailey homered in his last home at bat – a real moving moment that seemed too good to be real. The game ended 12-5 with Tech falling to 31-25 (14-16) and Duke rising to 39-14 (18-11). Both teams move on to the tournament, Tech as #8 seed and probably needing to make the semi-finals at worst to continue. Hurter got the loss, Jarvis the win.