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Bart Homers Twice in Early Morning Loss at UVA

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Virginia (27-21) 11200022X8141
2B Wade Bailey 401002
LF Chase Murray400004
C Joey Bart 332201
P/DH Tristin English 411101
1B Kyle McCann 300012
SS Austin Wilhite 400000
RF Colin Hall 401102
3B Oscar Serratos401002
CF Nick Wilhite200001
PH Jamie Taylor 100001
SS Tanner Morris414100
CF Cayman Richardson511100
2B Andy Weber211320
1B Nate Eikhoff501000
RF Alex Tappen411101
CF Jake McCarthy 300011
C Cameron Comer422200
DH Brendan Rivoli 401000
3B Justin Novak322010
Tristin English4.084320
Robert Winborne 0.100000
Brant Hurter2.032211
Micah Carpenter1.022210
Andy Archer0.210001
Daniel Lynch7.1532213
Andrew Abbott2.011104

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. – Following a two hour and 29 minute weather delay, which included lightning and rain, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Virginia Cavaliers played into the early morning hours on Tuesday with the Cavaliers holding on for an 8-4 ACC Coastal Division win at Davenport Field in Charlottesville, Va.

Catcher Joey Bart (2-for-3, 2 HR, 2 RBIs, 3 runs) tried to slug the Jackets to a win on Monday night and Tuesday morning, as the junior hit two solo home runs and scored three runs for the game. The multi-home run game is the second for Bart this season (2 at Mercer – April 10) and the fourth of his career.

Senior Wade Bailey (1-for-4, 2B), redshirt sophomore Tristin English (1-for-4, 2B, RBI, run), freshman Colin Hall (1-for-4, 2B, RBI) and freshman Oscar Serratos (1-for-4) had the other four hits in the game for the Jackets.

Virginia pounded out 14 hits in the win, led by their four and five-hole hitters in Nate Eikhoff (3-for-4, 2 runs) and Alex Tappen (3-for-4, HR, 3B, BB, 3 RBIs, four runs).

The loss fell to English (2-4), as the right-handed starter gave up four runs, three of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks over 4.0-plus innings of work.

Left-handed starter Daniel Lynch (4-4) picked up the win, as he struck out a career-high 13 batters and surrendered just three runs, two of which were earned, over 7.0-complete innings.

The home-standing Virginia Cavaliers put a run on the scoreboard first taking advantage of a base-on-balls, an error on a stolen base and a sacrifice fly to center field in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead.

The Cavaliers added another run in the second on a triple and a second sacrifice fly to double their lead at 2-0 after just two innings played.

Tech threatened in the top of the third, as the Jackets put runners on second and third with one out, only to see the next two hitters both strikeout swinging to leave two runners on base for the inning.

UVA made the Jackets pay, as the Cavaliers got a two-out, two-run home run off the bat of Tappen the next to push its lead out 4-0 through the first three innings of play.

The Jackets got one run back in the fourth on an RBI double by English and looked poised to push more runs across in the frame only to see a 5-4-3 double play and a strikeout abruptly end Tech’s inning with the home team still on top by three at 4-1 midway through the fourth.

After the Jackets’ duo of Robert Winborne and Brant Hurter pitched out of a jam to strand three Virginia runners in the bottom of the fifth, the Jackets cut into the Cavaliers’ lead again with two runs on a Bart solo home run and a two-out RBI double by Colin Hall in the top of the sixth to put the visitors down one at 4-3.

The Cavaliers stayed on top with a two-run seventh on a fielder’s choice RBI ground ball and an RBI single through the right side and a two-run eighth on an RBI single followed by an RBI double to add some insurance runs late in the win.

Bart led off the top of the eighth with a solo home run to left center field, however, it wasn’t enough for the Jackets in the 8-4 loss.

Tech stranded only five runners compared to the Cavaliers’ 12, however, the Jackets struck out 17 times on the night, while UVA fanned just twice.

Georgia Tech (28-24, 12-15 ACC) returns home to host the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks (23-27) later today (Tuesday, May 15) at 6 p.m. at Russ Chandler Stadium.

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