The Georgia Tech baseball team blew past Ohio State in a chilly Friday contest on The Flats, to begin a three-game demolition of the Buckeyes.
Tech got the evening started quickly with 3 runs in the 1st inning from Luke Waddell, Colin Hall and Michael Guldberg, before blowing it open in the 3rd. The Buckeyes would close the gap to 3-1 in the top half of the inning before Tech piled on a whopping 5 runs in the bottom half, heading back to the field up 8-1 in the 4th.
From there, the Yellow Jackets would tack on 4 more, in an inning that lasted almost an hour. Tech never looked back, taking a commanding 12-1 lead into the 5th inning, before the Buckeyes plated 3 in the 6th.
However, the late-game rally was far too little to help Ohio State truly get back into the ballgame, with the outcome all but decided early on.
The Yellow Jackets and Buckeyes played two more games over the weekend, with Tech winning a closer 5-2 contest on Saturday, before blowing it open again 12-2 Sunday for the series sweep. Tech added four more wins to its resume over the course of the week, with a late-game comeback at Georgia Southern last Tuesday as well.
Heading into the new week, Georgia Tech is now 6-1 on the season, while Ohio State falls to 2-4.
The Jackets’ early success is due in large part to junior Michael Guldberg, who has been about as efficient as one can be at the plate. In 23 at bats, Guldberg already has 13 hits, 2 walks and 5 RBI’s without any strikeouts. The junior is hitting .545 on the season and is no easy out, given his extreme hustle and determination to get on base.
After the game Friday, Southern Slams spoke with manager Danny Hall on the impact Guldberg has had for the Jackets.
“We nicknamed him the machine for a reason. He plays the game, he plays hard every time he steps on that field, that’s the only way he knows how to play. He’s a hard worker and he can hit,” said Hall.
Hall also noted that he was particularly impressed with Gulberg in the 8th inning Friday, when he hustled safely into second base on a ground ball by Drew Compton to the shortstop. Instead of giving up on the play in what looked like an easy out, Compton kept hustling and beat the throw to second.
The game may have been well decided by then, but it goes to show the attitude and effort Guldberg has no matter the score.
With Guldberg pacing the way, Tech has quickly put the nation on notice that it isn’t going away anytime soon. The Jackets will look to keep the good times rolling this week when they play host to Gardner Webb at 4:00 PM ET Tuesday and take on rival Georgia in a three-game series over the weekend.
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