Georgia Tech had an exciting week to say the least. After dropping 2/3 to Miami last weekend, the Yellow Jackets powered back to win their midweek game against UGA and their weekend series against UNC.
Game 1 was nothing but a pitchers’ duel. Starting pitcher on the mound for Georgia Tech, LHP Brant Hurter went seven innings. He gave up two runs on six hits. In relief, RHP Zach Maxwell kept the game tied after a complete inning of work. Off of LHP Luke Bartnicki, the go ahead run scored for UNC was on a fielder’s choice RBI in the top of the ninth. Yellow Jackets came up short, losing 3-2 to the Tar Heels.
Offensively for Georgia Tech in game 1 was led by Kevin Parada. He went 3-for-4, which included the two-out two-RBI blast that put the Yellow Jackets on the board. Also, Brad Grenkoski blasted a ball that hit the top of the fence to result in a double, instead of a home run.
Game 2 was nothing short of amazing. LHP Joseph Mannelly came in and provided some timely middle innings, he gave up just one run on one hit over 2.1 innings with three strikeouts. LHP Luke Bartnicki got the win, he allowed just one hit and was able to get a huge strikeout late.
Offensively for Georgia Tech in game 2 was electric. The Yellow Jackets exploded for 17 hits overall and three three-hit performances. Stephen Reid was crucial, he had a major two-out two-RBI double in the fourth inning. Andrew Jenkins provided some insurance in the eighth inning off of a home run. Luke Waddell also contributed to the game, going 3-for-4 with a double and a walk.
In game 2, The Tar Heels were able to tie the game in the ninth. Up to bat, Drew Compton on a 2-2 pitch, hit a no-doubter pinch hit home run to walk it off for the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech won it 10-9.
Game 3 for the most part was all the Yellow Jackets. Starting pitcher on the mound for Georgia Tech, RHP Marquis Grissom Jr went five innings. He gave up just two runs on five hits and struck out two. In relief, LHP Josiah Siegel went three innings, only giving up one run on one hit. To close out, LHP Dalton Smith came in after UNC got hot, to shut them down. He only needed three pitches to earn his first save of the season.
Offensively for Georgia Tech in game 3 never let up. Luke Waddell and Austin Wilhite both combined for 4-for-8 with four RBI and a double between the two. Andrew Jenkins and Stephen Reid both blasted the ball for a double to finish with two hits apiece. Also, Justyn-Henry Malloy went 2-for-4 and Kevin Parada broke the game wide open in the third. Kevin had a bases-clearing three-RBI double in the third inning. The final score was 10-6 Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech will head to Charlotte, NC., where they will wait to see the final ACC Championship schedule of the round of pool play. After the wins against UNC, the Yellow Jackets secured the number 2 seed in the tournament. Georgia Tech will have 7 seeded Louisville and 11 seeded Clemson join them in its pool.