Trailing by two runs going into the ninth inning, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (15-5) forced extra innings before capturing a 7-6 win against the Kennesaw State Owls (9-9) on Tuesday night.
Freshman Kel Johnson came to the plate with Tech trailing by a run with two outs and a runner on third in the top of the ninth. He lined a single to left field to get the crucial tying run up on the board that forced extras in a three-plus hour game in Kennesaw, Ga.
A KSU error and a sacrifice fly by Matt Gonzalez brought two runs across in the top of the 11th inning. The Owls rallied to load the bases and get within one run in the bottom half, but Zac Ryan shut the door with two clutch outs to secure the win for Tech.
The Jackets capitalized on KSU's fielding woes by bringing seven runs across despite only managing seven total hits in 11 innings of play. Five of the seven runs allowed by the Owls were unearned, including all four allowed by losing pitcher Chris Erwin.
Johnson was the only Tech batter who salvaged a multi-hit game in the contest. He's now hitting .365 with six home runs and 23 RBI's on the season.
Starting pitcher Ben Parr went 4.2 innings, allowing three hits and two runs (one earned), while striking out just one batter. He issued four walks and struggled a bit with his control throughout the outing. Matthew Gorst and Devin Stanton both struggled a bit in middle relief giving up three combined runs and handing KSU its first lead. Ryan came in relief in the 8th inning and pitched a career-high four innings to close out the win for the Jackets. He allowed just one run on three hits and one walk, while striking out five. He improved to 4-0 on the year.
Up next for Beesball is an ACC weekend series at home against the North Carolina Tarheels (12-8). The two teams will open up by squaring off on Friday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.