Tech season ends with 4-1 loss.
Having survived the elimination game against Coastal Carolina, the tired Jackets had time for a quick shower, bite to eat, and new uniforms before facing fresh Auburn in an elimination game for the Jackets but not the Tigers. The game ended almost five long hours later with Auburn celebrating.
Cort Roedig started for Tech and faced the minimum in the top of the first, aided by a 6-4-3 DP. Sophomore lefty Bailey Horn started for Auburn.
The first big threat was in the top of the fourth, with runners on the corners and two outs. Roedig fell behind 3-0 to the batter before rallying and striking him out to end the inning still scoreless. A rain delay followed immediately thereafter. It was a very long delay with little rain, but several lightning warnings – over 1.5 hours. Horn came back amazingly effectively for Auburn, retiring the Jackets around a single by McCann, but Roedig didn’t return and was relieved by Micah Carpenter for the fifth. Micah worked past a two out double and walk to get out three on a grounder.
The fatal blows came in the sixth. After a single, Hall made an error missing a high fly ball, leading to Auburn’s first run on another single with one out. Then, a double on a two strike count by Saturday’s villain Williams scored two more, a big 3-0 deficit that would be enough. After getting the second out on a strikeout, Micah was relieved by Jake Lee, who got out three on a groundout. One run was unearned on the error.
Webb led off Tech’s sixth by walking, but made a terrible base running mistake by thoughtlessly going all the way to second on a fly ball to left by Nick Wilhite. He was thrown out returning to first – it was appealed without change for out two.
After Jake retired the Tigers in order in the 7th, Horn was relieved sophomore RHP Cody Greenhill. Horn had worked through the long delay without a hitch – hard to do. Greenhill struck out Guldberg and McCann, but English – in probably his last at-bat as a Jacket - hit a line drive homer over the left field wall to make it 3-1 and avoid the shutout. Keyton Gibson pitched the 8th for Tech, having only thrown a handful of pitches in the noon game. He had a 1-2-3 eighth, but gave up a run caused by his own throwing error in the ninth, making it a more daunting 4-1. It turned out not to matter, as the Jackets went down in order in the bottom of the ninth, finishing a great season on a heavy down note. Horn got the win, Carpenter the loss. Next up is the MLB draft for several players – they and the seniors will be missed.
I will leave without any analysis of the season – just too drained after almost 11 hours of baseball. I hope to see y’all next season.