April 11, 2015
UVA STARTERS: Haseley/CF, Pinero/SS, Thaiss/C, Towns/3B, Smith/LF, Doherty/RF, Clement/2B, Coman/1B, Lowry/DH, Jones/SP.
· Ryan Peurifoy had three hits and drove in three runs as Georgia Tech scored five times in the first and cruised past No. 15 Virginia, 11-4, Saturday to even the teams’ ACC series at Russ Chandler Stadium.
· Matthew Gorst tossed four innings of relief to get the win for Tech, which won its sixth games over a Top-25 ranked club.
· The Yellow Jackets improved to 23-12 overall and 8-9 in the ACC, while the Cavaliers slipped to 21-13, 7-10.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· Connor Justus and Wade Bailey had back-to-back infield RBI singles to open the scoring in the first, Arden Pabst drew a bases-loaded walk and Peurifoy’s two-run single made it 5-0 in the first.
· It remained that way until Virginia scratched for a run in the fifth, but the Jackets tacked on four runs of insurance in the sixth and answered three runs by Virginia in the seventh with two more in the home half to cap the scoring.
· Tech starter Cole Pitts allowed six hits and one run in four innings, and Matthew Gorst got the Jackets out of further trouble in the fifth and tossed four innings of relief to earn his third win (3-2).
· Peurifoy added an RBI single in the sixth and Daniel Spingola had RBI singles in both the sixth and seventh innings.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
· Tech turned two double plays and catcher Arden Pabst cut down both of UVa’s stolen base attempts. Pabst has thrown out 17 potential base-stealers this season.
· Tech improved to 16-1 this season when scoring first, 9-2 when scoring in the first inning and 17-1 when scoring six or more runs in a game.
· Spingola was 2-for-5 and extended his reached-base streak to 26 games. Wade Bailey singled and walked as his streak of reaching safely reached 13 games, while Thomas Smith walked twice and his reached-base streak stretched to 12 games.
· Keenan Innis was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI double in the sixth to extend his hitting streak to a team-high six games.
· Justus, Spingola, Innis and Peurifoy each had multi-hit efforts for the Jackets.
· The loss fell to Virginia starter Connor Jones (4-2), who yielded eight runs (seven earned) in five innings.
“The first inning was key for us. We had a tough day yesterday so to get five right there in the first inning off a really good pitcher definitely set the tone for the whole day. Pitts certainly gave us everything he had and he pitched out of trouble. I thought Arden was huge tonight throwing out guys on the bases and offensively, we got contributions up and down the order.”
–Head Coach Danny Hall
UP NEXT: The Yellow Jackets and Cavaliers play the rubber-game of their three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Russ Chandler Stadium.