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Georgia Tech Baseball: Xzavion Curry throws complete game shutout to beat Wake Forest

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Curry struck out 12 in the 7-0 victory.

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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons (19-23, 10-11) came to Atlanta just as desperate for wins as the Jackets, since both were below .500 in ACC play and both had suffered sweeps last weekend – Wake at home by Clemson. The Deacons had managed to win their midweek game over Liberty. The Yellow Jackets were able to come away with the 7-0 victory behind the arm of Xzavion Curry.

Curry (6-2, 3.99) tried to get over his recent Friday struggles against junior RHP Griffin Roberts (4-3, 3.04), a top draft prospect and strikeout leader. Curry won the battle with a complete game shutout that was a one run nail biter until the Jackets broke it open late.

The first four innings were a total pitchers’ duel, with 13 strikeouts between them. In the bottom of the fifth, Austin Wilhite hit a ball that the left fielder dove for and missed for a double. Hot-hitting Colin Hall then drove him in for the game’s first run. The game stayed that way thanks to Nick Wilhite’s spectacular leaping catch at the center field wall to lead off the Wake seventh. Curry completed the inning with his eighth and ninth strikeouts.

The Jackets ended the drama with a six-run eighth , as Colin Hall led off with his third hit and Nick Wilhite laid down a perfect bunt that went for a single. Wade Bailey then did the same thing (this one was reviewed) to bring up Joey Bart with the bases loaded.

After Bart drove in a run with a shallow sacrifice fly to center, Kyle McCann walked and Chase Murray singled in two more runs. Roberts then walked Tristin English to load the bases prompting Wake to bring in junior LHP Tyler Witt with one out and Tech up 4-0. Witt gave up RBI singles to Luke Waddell and Austin Wilhite to make it 7-0 before out three.

Curry came back for the complete game and did so while picking up his career high tying 12 th K. A truly magnificent performance; it was exactly what Tech needed as they improved to 23-20 (10-12) and Wake Forest fell to 19-24 (10-12). Roberts got the loss and Curry his seventh win, while Colin Hall was the offensive spark plug of the game.