After struggling the last couple of weeks through a stretch that saw them lose 5 of 7 games and their top hitter to the DL, Georgia Tech baseball rebounded in a huge way this week with back-to-back road wins over georgia and Georgia State.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (17-10) @ #21 georgia bulldogs (18-11)
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W: Matt Phillips (3-0) | L: Ryan Avidano (3-2) | S: None
On Tuesday, the Jackets traveled to Athens to take on their in-state rivals, georgia (18-11). They jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead after 1.5 innings, thanks to a first inning two-out, two-run double from Connor Justus and a three-run homer in the second inning from Matt Gonzalez. The bulldogs struck for 5 in the bottom of the second to pull within 1, but Tech never wavered. The Jackets added two runs in the 3rd and again in the 5th before tacking on three runs in the 8th, never trailing on the way to a huge 13-6 victory at Foley Field in Athens. Gonzalez was the major offensive force of the game for Georgia Tech, finishing 3-4 with the home run and 4 RBI. Matt Phillips did a great job in relief of starter Devin Stanton, striking out two in the second to end georgia's rally and throwing 2.1 innings, earning the win. The win improved Georgia Tech to (18-10) and dropped georgia to (18-12).
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (18-10) @ Georgia State Panthers (17-12)
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WP: Parr (4-1) | L: Habeck (3-4) | S: Ryan (5)
The Jackets followed up their trip to Athens with another road trip on Wednesday, although this was a shorter cross-town trip to Panthersville. As was the case on Tuesday, Georgia Tech never trailed. After 3.5 innings, they led 2-0 on a couple of Grant Wruble RBIs in the second and fourth innings -- his first two of the season. The Panthers threatened the lead in the fourth with a run and had more on base, but the threat was thwarted by a 4-6-3 double play by Wade Bailey and Connor Justus. Georgia Tech responded with two in the 5th off of an RBI single by Matt Gonzalez and an RBI groundout by Thomas Smith, and would add two more in the 8th off of consecutive two-out RBI singles from Daniel Spingola and Keenan Innis. Ben Parr picked up the win off of a strong 5.2 innings where he gave up 6 hits but only 1 walk, 1 run and struck out 2. Zac Ryan picked up his fifth save of the year on 1.2 innings pitched. He started a 1-6-3 double play in the 8th inning upon entering, and struck out 1 in the 9th after a lead off walk to close the door. Georgia State fell to 17-13 on the year, while Georgia Tech improved to 19-10, including a 5-0 mark against in-state opponents.
Georgia Tech heads to Blacksburg this weekend for a three-game series with Virginia Tech. First pitch on Friday is at 5:30pm.
Excited for a big midweek showing from the baseball Jackets?