Georgia Tech down, but never out, once again. They went down 2-0 in the first inning and struggled to get any hits off of Kennesaw State’s relief pitcher, Nolan Sliver. Errors for the Owls contributed to two of the runs that the Yellow Jackets scored. The last three runs were contributed by none other than Jackson Finley.
At the plate, Jackson Finley led the way with his go-ahead three-run home-run to put the Yellow Jackets up 5-4. Also contributing, Jake DeLeo and Jack Rubenstein each contributed with two hits apiece, while John Giesler drove in a run as well.
On the mound, LHP Dalton Smith pitched for 3.0 innings. Smith gave up four runs on five hits, while striking out four batters and walking three batters. In relief, RHP Aeden Finateri pitched for 1.0 innings. Finateri gave up just two hits and nothing else, for a perfect inning, as he struck out two batters.
Finateri then handed the ball over to RHP Ben King, as King pitched for 2.0 innings. King gave up just one hit and struck out one batter, as he pitched yet another perfect inning. Ben would then hand the ball over to LHP Joseph Mannelly, who pitched for 2.0 innings. Mannelly gave up just one hit, while striking out one batter.
The man, the myth, and the legend. He goes by the name “Scary Terry” and if you know, well you know. RHP Terry Busse was given the signal to close out, what came to be a big win for this team. Busse pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out three straight batters, to capture the 5-4 win over the owls.
Georgia Tech will now turn their attention towards the school that is 70 miles north up the road. The Yellow Jackets will travel to Foley Field, as they take on the bulldogs this Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6 pm.
Georgia will then travel to Atlanta this Saturday, as the Yellow Jackets will welcome in the bulldogs for the second game of the series, at Russ Chandler Stadium. First pitch for that game will be at 2 pm.
The series finale will be at Coolray Field for the 20th annual classic, for the Kids benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. First pitch for Sunday afternoon is scheduled for 3pm.