After getting swept by every opponent last week, Tech decided to turn things around this week and take each and every game it played. Matt Grimes continued his string of strong starts and only allowed five hits in six innings. The bullpen also held strong again, with Jonathan Roberts pitching two scoreless frames and closer Sam Clay pitching around two hits to silence the Devils for good. Clay in particular has been strikingly good in ACC play with 0.00 ERA and a team-leading three saves. If he can continue this streak through the meat of the schedule against the likes of FSU and NC State, you could easily make an argument for him as best closer in the nation. The pen is also getting plenty of support from their infield; Tech leads the ACC in double plays (41) and turned four on Sunday.
The Joltin' Jackets couldn't muster much in the way of offense yesterday. This was in part due to Duke starter Michael Matuella's fantastic day, he had a perfect game going into the sixth inning and allowed no walks throughout his complete game. Tech broke his hitless streak to bits when Brandon Gold singled and eventually scored after a nail-biting infield single by Mott Hyde and a passed ball moved him over to third. Daniel Spingola, in keeping with his current heroics, provided the RBI single that brought Gold home to score Tech's only run of the day. Much of the rest of the ABs for Tech were strikeouts, Matuella fanned six on the day.
Tech continues it's long home stand with games against GA Southern on Tuesday (poor scheduling…is anyone NOT going to be at the Braves home opener?), Savannah State on Wednesday, and a big series vs. No. 1 FSU this weekend. So I hope to see you at the Rusty C, we're going to need all the support we can get!