Errors Plague Jackets as No. 22 Baseball Falls to Auburn

March 15, 2016

#22 Georgia Tech
(12-4)

Game 16
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Auburn 0 0 3 9 0 0 0 2 0 14 17 1
Georgia Tech 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 12 4
Auburn
(9-8)
WP: Andrew Mitchell (3-0) | LP: Cole Pitts (1-1) | SV: None
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THE FLATS – Auburn’s nine-run fourth inning broke open a one-run game Tuesday night as the Tigers handed the 22nd-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets their fourth straight loss, 14-3.

Georgia Tech (12-4) saw its 11-game home win streak and 21-game nonconference home win streak come to an end. Auburn (9-8) evened the season series with Tech and posted its first win at Russ Chandler Stadium since 2005.

THE LINEUPS
Auburn – Anfernee Grier CF, Joshua Palacios LF, Jordan Ebert 2B, Niko Buentello DH, Blake Logan C, Jackson Burgreen RF, Daniel Robert 1B, Cody Nulph SS, Kyler Deese 3B, Andrew Mitchell P Georgia Tech – Wade Bailey 2B, Connor Justus SS, Matt Gonzalez 3B, Kel Johnson RF, Joey Bart C, Trevor Craport DH, Brandon Gold 1B, Brandt Stallings, LF, Ryan Peurifoy CF, Cole Pitts P

THE BASICS
• Georgia Tech went with its 16th different lineup of the 2016 season.
• Tech’s 11-game home winning streak was snapped at 11 games.
• The Jackets also snapped their 21-game nonconference home win streak.
• Tech has now lost four straight games.
• The Jackets are now 299-104 all-time in the month of March under Danny Hall.
• Tech falls to 18-5 in its last 23 midweek games, dating back to the final seven midweek contests of the 2014 season.
• Tech is 10-1 at home this season and 17-3 in its last 20 home games.
• Georgia Tech turned its NCAA-leading 30th double play of the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED
• Anfernee Grier opened the 3rd inning with a lead-off double. On the ensuing at bat, Joshua Palacios hit a high fly ball over the left field fence for a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, Niko Buentello hit a solo shot near the location of Palacios’ homer for a 3-0 advantage.
• Georgia Tech responded in the bottom half of the 3rd with two runs. With one out, junior Connor Justus hit his first home run of the season – a solo shot to left – to cut the Auburn lead to 3-1. Three batters later and with two runners aboard, Joey Bart plated Matt Gonzalez with an RBI groundout.
• Auburn broke the game open in the 4th inning with nine runs on eight hits and the aid of three Georgia Tech errors as the Tigers took a commanding 12-2 lead.
• Bart drove home a run in the 5th to cut the deficit to 12-3.
• Auburn’s lead returned to double digits in the 8th with a two-run frame.

QUOTE BOARD
“They got the better of us in all areas. We did not pitch well. We made a bunch more errors. And we’re having a hard time having anyone step up there and knock anyone in. We’re not playing good baseball right now and we did not play well tonight.” – Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall on Tuesday’s loss

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Connor Justus hit his first home run of the season and fourth of his career (first HR since May 16, 2015, at Miami).
• Justus posted his ninth multi-hit game of the season and 36th of his career.
Matt Gonzalez recorded his seventh multi-hit game of the season and 65th of his career.
• Gonzalez ranks third among the NCAA’s active leader with 232 career hits.
Joey Bart extended his career-best hit streak to seven games.
• Bart posted his third multi-RBI game of the season.
• LHP Travis Shelton made his first appearance of the season.
• Freshman RHP Bailey Combs made his Georgia Tech debut in the 9th inning.
• Tuesday was the fourth time the Jackets committed 3+ errors (second game with 4 errors).

UP NEXT
No. 22 Georgia Tech hosts Virginia Tech this weekend for a three-game ACC series at Russ Chandler Stadium. Friday’s game is slated for 7 p.m. ET and will be available on RamblinWreck.com and WREK 91.1 FM.

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