The Yellow Jackets travelled to Raleigh, North Carolina this past weekend to take on red hot NC State. They had one goal in mind and that was to take the series, little did we know that they would sweep them.
Coming into this, Georgia Tech had not swept an ACC opponent since 2018, but that changed this past weekend. Not to mention, It was also their first ACC road series sweep since 2011.
Offensively, Tech swung the door open and they were electric. In game 2, the offense had a major spark especially, hitting back-to-back-to-back jacks. Luke Waddell hit a 3 run homerun, which was followed up by a Justyn-Henry Malloy homer, and finally followed up by a Kevin Parada homer. It was just the beginning.
ACC player of the week, Kevin Parada, went a whooping 10-16 over the weekend. He had two doubles, one triple, and two home runs. He fell just one hit shy of the cycle versus NC State in his first career ACC game. Through 7 games, Parada leads all ACC freshmen and is second overall in hitting (.524), is second overall in RBI (10), slugging (1.048) and on-base percentage (.615)
Over the course of the entire series, the Yellow Jackets outscored NC State 25-9 on the weekend. That was a big statement for this young, talented team.
One thing that Georgia Tech really worked on was pitching. Brant Hurter started on Friday night and had six strikeouts over six innings. On the mound for Saturday was Andy Archer, who struck out a career high nine strikeouts. Also worth the mention, Jackson Finley came in behind Andy Archer and struck out seven. Now coming in to pitch on Sunday was Sam Crawford, who went 3.2 innings, allowing just 1 run.
Georgia Tech improves to 77-56 over NC State all-time and with that series win, the Yellow Jackets will clinch their 11th straight ACC series.
Next up: Georgia Tech will take on in-state foe Georgia State on March 3rd and then will continue ACC play this weekend, when they welcome in a talented Louisville team. As always, Go Jackets!