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Georgia Tech Baseball: Tech Splits Doubleheader with Fordham

Beesball splits the doubleheader, but comes out on top, finishing the series with a 2-1 record.

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Georgia Tech split a doubleheader with the Fordham Rams, losing the first game 9-4, but rallying to win game two 7-5.

Senior southpaw Devin Stanton started a brilliant game for the Jackets up to the end of his appearance. It was the end of that appearance, however, that blew it for him.

Stanton was nearly out of the fifth inning spotless before allowing a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double from Fordham sophomore shortstop Luke Stampfl.

Tech rallied back in the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to back-to-back extra-base hits from Keenan Innis and Brandon Gold. The comeback attempt fell short, however, as Fordham rallied for four runs in the seventh inning and added another in the ninth.

Innis was key for Tech in both games, finishing the afternoon 5-for-7 with two RBI and four runs scored. He scored three of those runs in game 2 for the Jackets.

The first of those came in the bottom of the second after Innis took second on a wild pitch. Sophomore catcher Arden Pabst singled into center and Innis showed off his wheels scoring from second.

Pabst drove Innis around the basepath again in the fourth inning. He stood at second following a walk and a sac bunt from Connor Justus. Pabst came up to the plate and hit a ground-rule double into left-center.

The fifth inning of that game was the most fun though. Following a Thomas Smith groundout, freshman right fielder Kel Johnson came up to the plate and slammed his second home run in as many days, this one another opposite field shot.

AJ Murray continued the scoring after taking a walk and then taking second on a passed ball. Innis came up to the plate and singled into center. With Murray coming around to score, Innis was able to take second on the throw. Innis would score the next play when Connor Justus followed suit and singled into center and took second on the throw.

Following an Arden Pabst walk, freshman second baseman Wade Bailey came up to the plate and reached on a throwing error, allowing Justus to score from second.

The offense again looked pretty impressive, but the pitching was also pretty good, especially in game 2.

Sophomore southpaw Ben Parr started the game for the Jackets. He went 5.0 innings and gave up four runs on eight hits, but his offense was able to bail him out.

Brandon Gold also got to make his debut as a pitcher for the Jackets. He went the next 2.0 innings and looked fantastic allowing a run on two hits, but striking out three Rams.

Sophomore right-hander Zac Ryan got his first look as a closer in this game. He pitched the final 2.0 innings and allowed just one hit.

Parr was credited with the win and Ryan with the save.

Tech gets back on the diamond Tuesday night where they will face Georgia Southern in Statesboro. The game starts at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on 91.1 FM WREK.