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Cavaliers Down Jackets 8-6

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Georgia Tech (27-23) 000010041682
Virginia (26-20) 01006100X8132
GT BattingABRHRBIBBSO
2B Wade Bailey 501000
LF Chase Murray310020
C Joey Bart 422111
1B Kyle McCann 411011
P/DH Tristin English 512201
3B Oscar Serratos400001
CF/RF Colin Hall300011
SS Austin Wilhite 412300
RF Baron Radcliff300002
PH Jamie Taylor100001
VA BattingABRHRBIBBSO
SS Tanner Morris414100
CF Cayman Richardson511100
2B Andy Weber211320
1B Nate Eikhoff501000
RF Alex Tappen411101
C Cameron Comer422200
DH Caleb Knight401000
LF Devin Ortiz300011
3B Justin Novak322010
GT BattingIPHRERBBK
Xzavion Curry5.097732
Jared Datoc1.031100
Bailey Combs1.000001
Andy Archer 1.010010
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Derek Casey 7.143345
Riley Wilson 0.012010
Andrew Abbott0.210002
Bennett Sousa1.021101

Coach Hall postgame with Wiley Ballard after Friday night’s game at Virginia.

Posted by Georgia Tech Baseball on Friday, May 11, 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. – Georgia Tech battled back late but saw its comeback bid fall short, as the Virginia Cavaliers used a six-run fifth inning to build a big lead in an 8-6 win over the Yellow Jackets in game one of the three-game ACC Coastal Division series on Friday night at Davenport Field in Charlottesville, Va.

The loss drops Tech to 27-23 overall and 11-14 in conference play, while the win pushes the Cavaliers to 26-20 overall and 10-15 in the ACC.

Shortstop Austin Wilhite (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBIs, run) recorded his sixth home run of the season and drove in a team-high three RBIs, while designated hitter Tristin English (2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBIs) drove in two Yellow Jackets on the night. Catcher Joey Bart (2-for-4, HR, BB, RBI, 2 runs) hit a solo home run, his 13th of the year, while senior Wade Bailey (1-for-5, 2B) extended his hitting streak to five-straight games and his on-base streak to 20-straight contests with a double in the fifth.

For the Cavaliers offensively, lead-off hitter Tanner Morris (4-for-4, 2B, RBI, run) set the tone with a game-high four base hits, while Cameron Comer (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 runs) hit a two-run home run in the win. Second baseman Andy Weber (1-for-2, 3B, 2 BB, run) drove in three RBIs, while Justin Novak (2-for-3, BB, 2 runs) had two base hits in the nine-hole on the night.

Starter Xzavion Curry (7-3) was saddled with the loss, as the Tech ace allowed seven runs on nine hits, three walks and struck out a season-low two batters over 5.0-complete innings.

UVA starter Derek Casey (5-3) earned the win, as the senior gave up just three runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out five GT batters in 7.1 innings of work.

Bennett Sousa (5) picked up his fifth save of the year.

Virginia jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a two-out RBI single to right field in the bottom of the second inning and kept the Yellow Jackets hitless until the top of the fifth inning when Wilhite hit a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left field for a solo home run to tie the game up at 1-1 midway through the fifth.

However, the Cavaliers answered in a big way in the bottom half of the fifth, blowing the game open with a six-run inning highlighted by a two-run triple by Weber and a two-run home run to right off the bat of Comer to give the home team a 7-1 lead with four innings to play.

After the Cavaliers added a run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly to push its lead to out to seven at 8-1, the Jackets refused to go away and scored the next five runs of the game.

With their backs against the wall, the Jackets scored four runs in the eighth on a two-run double down the right field line by English and a two-run single through the left side of the infield from Wilhite to cut the Cavaliers’ lead to three at 8-5.

The Jackets got a two-out solo home run to left center field by Bart and a double off the fence in right field to bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth. However, Virginia’s Sousa was able to pick up a strikeout to end the game and help Virginia escape with an 8-6 home win.

Both teams left eight men on base and committed two errors for the game.

Tech falls to 6-13 overall on the season when giving up a big inning – more than four runs – to its opponent and 14-5 overall when recording a big inning of its own in the contest.

Georgia Tech (27-23, 11-14 ACC) and Virginia (26-20, 10-15 ACC) will return to the field tomorrow afternoon for game two of the three-game series. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

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