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Georgia Tech Baseball: Jackets complete sweep of Radford

Georgia Tech locked down a must-win series with a sweep on Sunday.

Georgia Tech head baseball coach Danny Hall Danny Karnik/Georgia Tech Athletics

Junior RHP Ryan Sande (2-1, 3.69) tried to salvage a win for Radford against Tech’s usual midweek starter Brant Hurter (4-3, 5.98). The expectation is that English will go against uga Tuesday at SunTrust as Hurter has lost twice against them already. Today’s game had much less drama as Tech led from start to finish with Hurter, Combs, and Archer combining for a 12 strikeout shutout.

The Jackets went out to a 1-0 lead in their 1st on singles by Bailey and Bart and an RBI sacrifice fly by English. The lead survived a bases loaded situation in the top of the 2nd when Bailey made a nice play on a slow bouncer for out three.

In Tech’s 4th, Radford suffered a hard blow, as Sande, pitching very well and having just recorded his career high 8th strikeout for out one, had to leave the game for some ailment. No one was in the bullpen, so reliever Cameron Fritz, a junior RHP, had to come off the bench cold. He was of course given unlimited warmups, but still he was in a tough position, but he finished the inning.

Tech struck again in their 5th when Hall and Bailey were driven in from 3rd and 2nd on a double down the left field line by Bart. Murray next singled in Bart to make it 4-0 after five, which would be all the scoring.

The Jackets brought Bailey Combs to the mound in the top of the 7th. Hurter had given up six hits and walked three in a strong outing. Combs put two on with a walk and hit batsman while striking out one batter before Andy Archer relieved him with runners on 1st and 2nd and ended the inning with a fly ball and strikeout.

In the Tech 7th, Radford went to their bullpen with runners on 1st and 2nd and two outs. Freshman RHP Ryan Bywaters came in to pitch to McCann and struck him out. Archer completed the game for the sweep giving up a single in the 8th, erased by a DP, and striking out three in the 9th around a one out single. Tech improved to 27-21 and hard luck Radford fell to 20-26. Hurter got the well earned win and Sande the loss, although hopefully he is not badly injured. Archer got a save and Joey Bart went 4/4 at the plate.

The sweep helped Tech very little in the crucial RPI ranking, they’re 47th in one list, but a loss would have lowered them a lot, and they were within seven outs of two losses this weekend. So, it’s promising that the Jackets did what was needed, but a lot of their weaknesses were on display. They need to play better baseball with tougher competition ahead, starting Tuesday at SunTrust.