After coming off of 2 wins back-to-back, Georgia Tech headed up the road to Pittsburgh to face off against the Panthers for their last series of the regular season.
In order to clinch a berth in the ACC Tournament, the Yellow Jackets needed atleast 1 win over the Panthers to clinch that spot. They did just that and more. Georgia Tech completed the 3 game sweep over Pittsburgh to end their regular season with a spark before the tournament begins.
On the mound Thursday night, starter RHP John Medich went 4.1 innings; Medich gave up 6 runs on 5 hits, while striking out 3 batters. In relief, LHP Sam Crawford came in and dealt for 2.0 innings; Crawford scattered just 3 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 3 batters. To close the door, RHP Zach Maxwell came in and dealt 2.2 innings; Maxwell gave up just 1 run on 1 hit, while striking out 4 batters.
At the plate Thursday night, a few Yellow Jackets finished the night with a multi-hit game. Kevin Parada went 2-for-5, while Gonzalez went 3-for-5 and Colin Hall going 2-for-4.
Andrew Jenkins had the game winning solo home-run in the ninth inning on Thursday night. That victory over the Panthers would then secure the birth for Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament.
On the mound Friday night, RHP Marquis Grissom Jr went a career-long 6.0 innings; Grissom gave up just 2 runs on 3 hits, while striking out 10 batters. In relief, LHP Cody Carwile went 1.0 innings; Carwile gave up just 1 hit, while striking out 3 batters. To close, LHP Josiah Siegel came in and dealt for 2.0 innings; Siegel gave up just 1 run on 2 hits, while striking out 5 batters.
Altogether the Yellow Jackets sat down and struck out over 18 batters on the night, for an overall solid day for the pitching part of the game.
At the plate Friday night, Kevin Parada led the way with his 25th home-run of the season, along with his 2 other hits that drove in 4 runs total. Tres Gonzalez also had 3 hits for 3 RBI, while Andrew Jenkins went 3-for-5 and Drew Compton going for 3-for-5 with a home-run and 2 RBI. Stephen Reid finished 2-for-4 with a home-run and 3 RBI, while Tim Borden II finished 2-for-4 and Jack Rubenstein finished 2-for-2.
Georgia Tech would then take the series on Friday, which would give them a lot of momentum heading into the season series finale on Saturday for a chance to sweep the Panthers.
On the mound Saturday afternoon, RHP Chance Huff went 2.0 innings; Huff gave up 2 runs on 4 hits, while striking out 2 batters. In relief, RHP Logan McGuire came in for 1 inning; McGuire gave up 2 runs on 2 hits, while striking out 1 batter. RHP Dawson Brown then took over and quieted the storm. Brown dealt for 2 innings, giving up just 1 run on 2 hits, while striking out 2 batters. Then, LHP Sam Crawford went 2.1 innings; Crawford struck out 3 batters, while not giving anything else up. RHP Jackson Finley would try to come in and close, but would be unable to do so. Finley went 0.1 innings; Finley gave up 2 runs on 2 hits, while striking out 1 batter. To close the game, RHP Zach Maxwell came in and took care of business. Maxwell went 1.1 innings; Maxwell struck out 1 batter, while not giving anything else up.
At the plate Saturday afternoon, Andrew Jenkins led the way going 3-for-6. Jenkins had a double and a homer for 2 RBI. While Tim Borden II went 2-for-5 with a a home run and 4 RBI. Borden also drew his 22nd hit by pitch, setting the single-season record at Georgia Tech. Lastly, Colin Hall joined in on the party with a home run and 3 RBI with 2 hits overall, while Chandler Simpson went 2-for-5 with a double.
Georgia Tech will now hit the road to head to Charlotte, North Carolina for the ACC Tournament. The Yellow Jackets will first face off against Pittsburgh at 11am on Tuesday morning, followed by Louisville at 11am on Thursday morning. This is part of Pool B that was announced by the conference.