The Pittsburgh Panthers rolled into Atlanta and took 2/3 from the Yellow Jackets this past weekend. It wasn’t a pretty series for Georgia Tech, but you have to tip your hat to Pitt for coming in and getting it done.
On the mound for Friday night, Brant Hurter started for the Yellow Jackets and was nothing short of amazing. He pitched six innings, giving up no earned runs and striking out ELEVEN batters that he faced. While Luke Bartnicki will receive the loss, giving up five earned runs on six hits in just 1.1 innings. Also, Zach Maxwell recorded three strikeouts in his clean inning of work.
On the mound for Saturday night, Andy Archer had a career game. He pitched seven solid innings, giving up just three runs on two hits to keep it at a two-run game. Jackson Finley came in relief and pitched a gem in the eighth inning. Closing out the game, Zach Maxwell finished the ninth with three strikeouts and recorded his first save of his career.
On the mound for Sunday afternoon, Sam Crawford pitched only 2.2 innings, giving up two earned runs and four unearned runs. Overall, the Yellow Jackets used eight pitchers on the day.
Friday night, Luke Waddell, Justyn-Henry Malloy, Kevin Parada, Stephen Reid, Jake DeLeo, and Tres Gonzalez all contributed offensively with Georgia Tech’s nine runs. Although, Pitt scored seven in the ninth to complete the comeback. Yellow Jackets really struggled closing that game down and every time they tried to get ahead, they just fell right behind again, which seem to be the main issue. Of course, the errors they made, really changed the whole aspect of the night.
Saturday night, guys like Kevin Parada, Justyn-Henry Malloy, Drew Compton, Tres Gonzalez, and Colin Hall all helped push the Yellow Jackets past Pitt to even the series up. With the help of great pitching from Andy Archer, Jackson Finley, and Zach Maxwell of course.
Sunday afternoon was not the prettiest game for the Yellow Jackets offense. They were down 8-0 in only just the second inning. There was never a time that they got ahead and that was the morale story of the whole day. Of course, they allowed more mistakes with the errors, and Pitt took clear advantage of it. Worth the mention though, Luke Waddell hit his first career grand slam to make it only a 16-12 game, before Pitt came back to put two more runs on the board right after.
With the series loss on Sunday, the 12 series win streak against ACC opponents will be snapped, dating back to March 2019. It will also snap Georgia Tech’s 12 series home win streak against ACC opponents, this time dating back to May 2017.
Georgia Tech will have some mistakes to clean up, before they will host in-state foe Georgia Southern. The game is scheduled for Wednesday at 6pm and will be broadcast live on the ACC Network and will be available to listen to at WREK 91.1 FM.