Pitch perfect weekend for the No. 19 Yellow Jackets in Atlanta

Georgia Tech welcomed in the Wright State Raiders to Russ Chandler Stadium this past weekend to open up the 2022 season on the Flats.

The Yellow Jackets completed the series sweep Sunday to open up the season 3-0, but not before an epic battle in Game 1.

On the mound Friday night, RHP Chance Huff went 5.0 innings. He struck out nine and walked just one within those five innings, giving up an unlucky fly ball that carried over the fence for three runs.

In relief Friday night, RHP Marquis Grissom Jr. struck out four batters in 2.0 innings, before LHP Joseph Mannelly came in and struck out three to complete the inning. LHP Dalton Smith received the win, getting the final strikeout in the top of the ninth inning.

At the plate on Friday night, Stephen Reid led the way, going 2-for-5 with two RBI’s. While Chandler Simpson went 2-for-3, finishing with two stolen bases.

On the mound Saturday afternoon, RHP Zach Maxwell went the first 3.0 innings, giving up just two hits and two runs. In relief, LHP Josiah Siegel shut it down, pitching a hitless 3.0 innings and striking out four batters.

At the plate on Saturday afternoon, Andrew Jenkins and Drew Compton both went 3-for-3 on the day. Also contributing on the day, Chandler Simpson, Kevin Parada, and John Anderson all had hits. John Anderson had a bases-clearing double to break open the game for the Yellow Jackets in just the first inning. Georgia Tech blasted five home runs on the day.

On the mound Sunday afternoon, freshman RHP Aeden Finateri had his first career start. He went 4.0 innings, giving up four unearned runs and striking out five batters. In relief, LHP Sam Crawford then came in for the next 2.0 innings, giving up just a solo home-run, but that’s it. LHP Joseph Mannelly received the win, with just 2.0 one-hit innings and striking out three batters. RHP Dawson Brown had his first career save, giving up just one hit and striking out 2 batters in the ninth inning.

At the plate on Sunday afternoon, Jake DeLeo led the offense. He belted his first home-run of the season and also had an RBI double to left center. Chandler Simpson also finished with two hits and a stolen base on the day.

Georgia Tech will continue with its busy schedule as they head to face in-state foe Georgia Southern this Tuesday in Statesboro.

First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN+ and WREK 91.1 FM.

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