April 12, 2015
TECH STARTERS: Spingola/CF, Bailey/2B, Gonzalez/3B, Murray/C, Smith/1B, Innis/LF, Justus/SS, Peurifoy/RF, Wruble/DH, Gold/SP.
UVA STARTERS: Haseley/CF, Pinero/SS, Thaiss/1B, Towns/3B, Smith/LF, Doherty/RF, Clement/2B, Coman/C, Lowry/DH, Waddell/SP.
· Brandon Gold pitched a gem to lead Georgia Tech past No. 15 Virginia, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium in the rubber-game of a key ACC series.
· Tech has won seven of its last nine games and is now 5-1 in weekend rubber-games this season (3-1 in ACC rubber-games).
· The Yellow Jackets improved to 24-12 overall and 9-9 in the ACC, while the Cavaliers slipped to 21-14, 7-11.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· Gold limited the Cavaliers to just three hits and one run in his seven strong innings on the mound and was boosted by a three-run fourth inning from his offense.
· Gold improved to 5-1, while Zac Ryan pitched the final two innings for his seventh save.
· Tech opened the fourth with three consecutive hits from Wade Bailey, Matt Gonzalez and A.J. Murray, with Murray’s RBI double down the left-field line making it 1-0.
· An RBI grounder from Keenan Innis made it 2-0 in the fourth and Connor Justus slashed a two-out single to right for a 3-0 lead.
· Tech tacked on what would prove to be important insurance in the fifth thanks to another knock from Gonzalez — a two-out RBI laser to right that made it 4-0.
· Virginia finally scratched off Gold in the seventh, but the sophomore righty induced an inning-ending, 6-4-3 double play in his final batter faced.
· Ryan had to sweat out his seventh saves as UVa made it 4-3 on a two-out, two-run home run from Charlie Cody in the eighth.
· In the ninth, Ryan walked the leadoff man, but stranded him at second after a sac bunt, a groundout and a strikeout of Christian Lowery to end it.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
· Tech improved to 17-1 this season when scoring first, 8-2 in games decided by one-run and 7-7 versus ranked teams.
· Gonzalez was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run, while Ryan Peurifoy had another two-hit effort.
· Peurifoy finished the series a team-best 5-for-9 (.556) with a run and three RBI.
· Wade Bailey (14 games), Thomas Smith (13) and Arden Pabst (10) each extended reach-base streaks, while Daniel Spingola’s was snapped at 26 games.
· Spingola was robbed of a two-run home run in the sixth when Virginia right-fielder Kevin Doherty scaled the wall to snare a ball that would have given Tech a 6-0 lead.
· A.J. Murray made an emergency start for the Jackets at catcher as sophomore Arden Pasbt was held out of the lineup (hand injury).
· The loss fell to Virginia starter Brandon Waddell, who was responsible for all four runs and six hits in 4.2 innings.
· Josh Sborz entered in the fifth and got the Cavaliers out of trouble by stranding the bases loaded. He pitched a shutout over the final 3.1 innings.
“Gold pitched very well and we needed it. We knew coming in that Virginia pitched it well, and we needed to match it. Certainly Brandon today did, and I was impressed by Zac — after giving up a home run in the eighth and then getting the tying run to second in the ninth — in keeping his calm and getting the last two outs.”
–Head Coach Danny Hall
“I felt really good in the bullpen today and I thought A.J. (Murray) did a great job behind the plate today. I wanted to go back out there in the eighth, but the coaches told me Zac (Ryan) was going in and I knew he’d get the job done.”
–Sophomore RHP Brandon Gold
UP NEXT: The Yellow Jackets welcome Georgia Tuesday night looking to clinch the season series from the Bulldogs. The game begins at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN3.