ATLANTA (April 16) — Bryan Prince and Mark Teixeira each homered and Steve Kelly pitched six shutout innings to lead eighth-ranked Georgia Tech to a 12-6 win over visiting Virginia on Sunday afternoon, April 16, at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The victory extended Tech’s winning streak to a season-long 13 games as the Yellow Jackets (31-8, 13-2 ACC) completed the three game series sweep of the Cavaliers (17-22-1, 5-10 ACC) and maintained first place in the ACC standings.
Kelly (6-1) pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just five hits, while winning his fifth consecutive start. He walked four batters and recorded four strikeouts.
Tech got on the board early, as a RBI double from Prince, RBI single by Derik Goffena and sacrifice fly from Jason Basil helped the Jackets build a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Prince belted a three-run home run, his fifth of the season, in the bottom of the third inning to increase the Jackets’ lead to 6-0. He finished the game with four RBI.
Georgia Tech pushed the lead to 8-0 with two more runs in the fifth, courtesy of a two-run homer from Teixeira. The home run, his team-leading 13th blast of the season, extended Teixeira’s hitting streak to 17 games.
After a RBI single from Richard Lewis made the score 9-0, the Cavaliers finally got on the scoreboard with a three-run double from Ryan Kalamaya in the top of the seventh.
Georgia Tech added three more runs in the bottom of the eighth to make the score 12-3. The Cavaliers closed out the scoring with three runs in the top of the ninth on RBI hits from Luis Geraldo, Tim LaVigne and Ban Himes.
Prince, Teixeira, Lewis and Victor Menocal each had two hits in the game for the Yellow Jackets. Menocal extended his hitting streak to 13 games while Derik Goffena stretched his streak to 16 games.
Kalamaya led the Virginia offensive attack with three hits and three RBI, and Geraldo, Himes and Jon Benick each had two hits for the Cavaliers.
Georgia Tech will return to action when the Yellow Jackets open a two-game set with Georgia Southern on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Russ Chandler Stadium.