May 12, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Georgia Tech brought the tying run to scoring position in the ninth, but No. 22 Virginia dodged the threat and beat the Yellow Jackets, 4-2, Saturday afternoon at Davenport Field in Charlottesville, Va. Zane Evans hit a two-run home run for Tech.
Evans’ two-run shot to left field in the fourth inning – his second homer of the season – gave the visitors a 2-1 lead, but Virginia struck for the game’s final three runs and escaped Tech’s rally attempt in the ninth.
With the series clinched, the Cavaliers improved to 34-14-1 overall and 16-10 in the ACC. Tech slipped to 30-21, 10-16.
Facing closer Justin Thompson, Evans would get the Jackets’ ninth-inning threat started with a lead-off walk, and later with two outs, Thomas Smith and Chase Butler drew back-to-back free passes to load the bases. But Thompson rolled a grounder to second to nail down his second save in as many nights, and 10th of the season.
Tech got a gutsy effort from lefty Jake Davies, making his second start this season. The senior matched his career long of 4 2/3 innings, and allowed five hits with four runs and three strikeouts, but was hung the tough-luck decision (0-2).
Sophomore Dusty Isaacs was strong in relief, tossing the final 3 1/3 innings and yielding just one single with two strikeouts.
Virginia’s stingy bullpen was effective after starter Scott Silverstein worked four innings and left with a 2-2 tie. Shane Halley, who fired the fifth to earn the win (9-1), was one of four relievers used by the Cavaliers. In the series, Tech has mustered just five hits and no runs in 10 2/3 innings off UVA relievers.
A sacrifice fly from Stephen Bruno gave Virginia a 1-0 lead in the first, and Kenny Towns tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI double to left. Chris Taylor gave the Cavaliers the lead for good with a run-scoring double and Bruno’s RBI single padded the lead in the fifth.
The series wraps ups Sunday with a 1 p.m. that can be heard live on WREK 91.1 FM in Atlanta.