|Jason Basil homered and drove in four runs against Maryland on Sunday, April 9.|
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 9) – Jason Basil homered and drove in four runs and Derik Goffena went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI to lead 15th-ranked Georgia Tech to a 10-3 win over Maryland on Sunday afternoon at Shipley Field.
The victory, Tech’s eighth in a row, completed the three-game sweep and kept the Yellow Jackets (26-8, 10-2 ACC) in first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings. Maryland (10-23, 0-9) remained winless in conference play.
Steve Kelly (5-1) picked up the victory after allowing three runs on eight hits in six innings of work. He walked one batter and struck out six to pick up a victory in his fourth consecutive start. Phillip Perry tossed three scoreless innings to close out the game and pick up his first career save.
The Jackets took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning with three hits and a pair of Terrapin errors. Richard Lewis led off the game with a single to extend his hitting streak to 24 games and then took second on a single from Victor Menocal. Mark Teixeira singled to drive in Lewis and Menocal and Teixeira came around to score when Bryan Prince reached on an error. A RBI groundout from Jason Basil made the score 4-0.
Tech added four more runs in the fifth courtesy of a RBI single from Derik Goffena and a three-run homer from Basil, his fourth of the season.
Maryland scratched the scoreboard with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Tech lead to 8-3. Brian Patenaude singled and came around to score on a wil pitch, while Steve Oursler and Kevin McDonald each delivered RBI singles.
The Yellow Jackets quickly responded with two runs in the top of the seventh with a pair of RBI singles from Goffena and Tyler Parker. Teixeira went 2-for-4 and scored three runs while Menocal had two hits in five at bats.
Joe Hart (2-6) took the loss for the Terps, allowing eight runs in five innings despite recording eight strikeouts.
Georgia Tech will return to action on Tuesday evening when the Yellow Jackets visit Mercer at 7 p.m.