Over the weekend, Georgia Tech out scored Virginia Tech 26-11 and was able to capture another ACC series win. Also to remain undefeated in series against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
Coming in to this, Virginia Tech had been on a hot streak and the Jackets came in struggling a little bit. Georgia Tech needed to make a statement and they did just that.
Friday night offensively for Georgia Tech was astounding. With help from Andrew Jenkins, who hit two home runs for six RBI that led to Friday night’s victory over the Hokies.
Friday night, pitching was pretty much solid for the most part as well. Starting pitcher, Andy Archer went five innings and then was relieved by Joseph Mannelly, who came in to get a crucial double play. Followed by Luke Bartnicki, who got the win. He went two innings, striking out three and only giving up just two hits and one run. Chance Huff closed the final two innings.
Saturday afternoon all around wasn’t the best day for the Jackets. Bats were cold and pitching was a little rough. Virginia Tech held Georgia Tech to just four hits, while they put together 10 hits and scored seven runs. Starting pitcher Sam Crawford received the loss, giving up five runs on nine hits in just five innings. Hugh Chapman and Austin Wilhite both pitched in relief to close out the game.
Sunday afternoon was all Georgia Tech. Saturday’s loss set up the rubber match on Sunday and the Jackets were full aware of what was on the line. Needless to say, they took of business.
On Sunday afternoon, Dalton Smith started for the Yellow Jackets on the mound. He went four innings before turning it over to Zach Maxwell, who went three innings. Zach struck out seven and allowed just two hits and one unearned run. To close, Marquis Grissom Jr came in and was lights out. He struck out three and allowed just one hit, as he closed the door and earned his first career save.
One side note to mention, the rotation looked a little different this weekend without Brant Hurter. He was unavailable for Friday night. So that’s why Andy Archer moved to start on Friday, Sam Crawford on Saturday, and then Dalton Smith got called up and was given the go ahead to start on Sunday.
Georgia Tech looks to continue the momentum, as they will face Georgia State on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 6pm and will be broadcast live on WREK 91.1 FM.