March 28, 2015
TECH STARTERS: Spingola/CF, Bailey/2B, Gonzalez/3B, Murray/C, Smith/1B, Gold/DH, Peurifoy/RF, Justus/SS, Wruble/LF, Pitts/SP.
UL STARTERS: Whiting/SS, Solak/LF, Ray/RF, Lucas/3B, McKay/SP, Rosenbaum/1B, Fitch/S, Hairston/2B, Summers/CF.
No. 7 Louisville made six early runs stand up and beat Georgia Tech, 8-3, Saturday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium in Louisville to clinch the weekend series.
A.J. Murray ripped a pair of doubles for the Yellow Jackets and leads the team with 12.
Tech slipped to 17-9 overall and 5-6 in the ACC, while the Cardinals improved to 20-7, 10-1.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Louisville scored three times in the first and added three more in the second to grab a lead it would not relinquish.
Starting pitcher Brendan McKay did the rest by fanning seven over seven innings and improving to 4-0. He was on the hook for four hits, three runs and two walks.
Tech got two back in the third thanks to a wild pitch that scored Grant Wruble, who triggered the rally by drawing a two-out walk, and Bailey followed with an RBI single.
Murray came inches from a home run in the fourth that would have made it 6-3, but his double ricocheted off the very top of the wall in right. He was left stranded at second.
McKay retired eight in a row before Murray smashed another two-bagger off the top of the wall in left and would eventually score on a sacrifice fly from Thomas Smith to make it 7-3.
Colby Fitch’s two-run double highlighted the first inning for the Cardinals, while Corey Ray added a two-run single in the second.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
Tech dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Daniel Spingola singled and scored in the third – just the third hit to a left-handed hitter allowed by McKay in his four starts this season.
Ray finished 3-for-5 with four RBI and swiped four bases to lead the Cardinals.
Bailey left the game after injuring his ankle sliding into second in the third inning and is listed as day-to-day with a sprain.
Tech starter Cole Pitts was hung the loss (0-3).
Five Tech pitchers worked in relief of Pitts and limited the Cardinals to three runs (two earned) over the final seven innings.
“You can’t walk as many guys as we walked and give up that many stolen bases. We got down 6-0 and when you get down that big early on a good team, they’re going to bury you. We didn’t do much offensively and we got another guy hurt. So it’s a tough stretch for us, but we have to try and right the ship tomorrow.”
— Head Coach Danny Hall
UP NEXT: The Yellow Jackets and the Cardinals wrap up their three-game set Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN3.