After a record night against USC Upstate this past Tuesday night, the Yellow Jackets welcomed in the #13 Seminoles to Russ Chandler Stadium this past weekend for a big time ACC matchup.
Georgia Tech came out on top this weekend, as they won 2/3 games against a really talented Florida State team. To say that this series win was much needed for the Yellow Jackets, would be an understatement. Going into this weekend, Georgia Tech had dropped 3 straight ACC series against Wake Forest, NC State, and Virginia. So it was definitely a nice comeback after having a few tough weekends.
Starting on the mound Friday night, RHP Chance Huff was fantastic. Huff pitched for 6 innings; Giving up just 1 run on 3 hits, while striking out 8 batters. In relief, RHP Aiden Finateri came in; Finateri went 2 innings, giving up 2 runs in 2 innings of work. RHP Zach Maxwell earned his first save of the season. Maxwell entered with the bases loaded, nobody out, and struck out the side. Maxwell also topped 101 MPH on the radar gun.
At the plate on Friday night, Kevin Parada led the way with 2 home runs for 3 RBI, while Andrew Jenkins went 5-for-5, including a double. Also contributing, Chandler Simpson went 3-for-4, including an RBI double. Lastly, Tim Borden II had 2 hits and also a double.
Opening up with a win in game 1 against Florida State was exactly what the Yellow Jackets needed and they got it done.
On the mound Saturday afternoon, Georgia Tech used 6 pitchers in total. Starter RHP Logan McGuire pitched for 3 innings; McGuire gave up 3 runs in his first 3.0 innings of work in his second career start. RHP John Medich received the loss; Medich gave up 1 run on a sac fly over 2 innings total.
At the plate on Saturday afternoon, Kevin Parada once again led the way; Parada went 3-for-5 with a home run and a triple for 3 RBI. Also contributing, Chandler Simpson had a multi-hit day, going 3-for-5 with a lead off triple to start the game. Lastly, Andrew Jenkins finished with just 1 hit, while also driving in 3 runs on 5 of his plate appearances.
The loss on Saturday afternoon would set up a big rubber match finale on Sunday afternoon between the Yellow Jackets and the Seminoles.
Starting on the mound Sunday afternoon, RHP Marquis Grissom Jr had a spectacular start. Grissom pitched for 5.2 innings; He gave up just 5 hits over his career long start. In relief, LHP Joseph Mannelly, RHP John Medich, RHP Zach Maxwell, and RHP Coke McNamee all combined for a shut- out; Giving up only 2 more hits on the day.
At the plate on Sunday afternoon, Kevin Parada and Jadyn Jackson led the way with getting 2 hits apiece, while Parada also drove in 2 runs. The trio of Drew Compton, Tres Gonzalez, and Tim Borden II was the breaking out trio on the day. Compton had a bases-clearing 3 RBI double to put Tech up 4-0. Gonzalez put the nail in the coffin by doing the exact same thing as Compton did, a double also for 3 RBI in the 8th inning. Borden II also contributed as he drove in 2 runs as well.
With a healthy lineup and a great defensive effort all weekend, Georgia Tech secured the series against Florida State and is now 21-12 (7-8 in the ACC) overall.
The Yellow Jackets will stay in Atlanta, as they welcome in their in-state foe, the Georgia State Panthers to Russ Chandler Stadium. This will be an interesting midweek matchup, as these 2 have been on fire as of late. Also to mention, Georgia Tech won the first matchup between these two teams on March 1st, by a final score of 4-2.
First pitch is scheduled for this Tuesday at 6 pm and will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1 FM.