After winning against Wake Forest on Sunday, the Yellow Jackets had a quick turnaround as they headed a few miles up the road to face off against the Owls on Tuesday and Wednesday.
This midweek matchup was actually a home-and-home series, so both teams had a chance to each play at their own stadiums. Very interesting to see for some midweek action.
Georgia Tech won game 1 on Tuesday against Kennesaw State by a final score of 13-2 at Stillwell Baseball Stadium.
On the mound Tuesday night, LHP Dalton Smith got the start. He went 3 innings; Smith gave up just 1 run and 3 hits. In relief, RHP Logan McGuire went 2.2 more innings and gave up just 1 hit. Then, RHP Aedan Finateri came in and pitched 2 innings and struck out 4. Lastly, RHP Cort Roedig then came in and pitched the final inning to close the game out.
At the plate Tuesday night, Stephen Reid led the way with 3 hits, 2 home runs, and also a grand slam for 6 RBI. Contributing as well, Andrew Jenkins continued to stay hot; He went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Tres Gonzalez had two hits to extend his multi-hit game streak to 7 games. Lastly, Colin Hall and Jackson Finley both had triples on the night as well.
The Yellow Jackets would then head back to Atlanta to host the Owls at Russ Chandler Stadium for the series finale. Georgia Tech’s late inning rally wasn’t enough, as they dropped this game by a final score of 14-12, to split the series.
On the mound Wednesday night, Georgia Tech used 7 pitchers overall. Getting the start on the mound, LHP Luke Bartnicki received the loss. He gave up 4 runs on 5 hits while also striking out 3 in just 2.1 innings of work.
At the plate Wednesday night, the Yellow Jackets had 6 multi-hit performances on the night. Contributing to that effort, Tim Borden II hit a 3 run homer as well as a double to go 3-for-5 on the night. Also contributing, Kevin Parada went 3-for-5 as well with an RBI and Andrew Jenkins had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. Lastly, Stephen Reid hit a 2 run home-run.
Colin Hall hit a home-run in the 7th inning to try and spark a comeback. Drew Compton also had 2 hits and an RBI, while Tres Gonzalez gave the Yellow Jackets hope in the 9th inning with a solo homer. But then Andrew Jenkins’ fly out fell just two feet shy of tying it up, ending the game, and would give Georgia Tech the loss.
The Yellow Jackets will now head up the road to Raleigh, North Carolina for their first ACC road trip of the year. They will be facing off against the North Carolina State Wolfpack on March 25th-27th. Games 1 and 3 will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra, while Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on the ACC Network.