THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball only produced five hits on Saturday as it fell 7-1 to Richmond in the first of two games at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets (1-1) especially struggled with runners in scoring position, finishing 0-for-8 on the day, while the Spiders (2-0) were able to bat .267 (4-for-15) with RISP to score their seven runs.
After going hitless in Friday’s affair, however, redshirt junior Tristin English found more of a groove at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with a double, while junior Austin Wilhite went 1-for-2 with a monster triple just outside the outstretched hand of the right-fielder.
For Richmond, Justin Cook led with a 3-for-4, two-RBI outing while Jordan Schulefand, D.J. Lee, Tyler Plantier and Kyle Schmidt all finished with two hits, with Plantier finishing with a game-high three RBI.
On the mound for the Yellow Jackets to start was frosh right-hand pitcher Cort Roedig (0-1). Roedig went just 1.1 innings, allowing a run and walking three before Amos Willingham came in to relieve. Willingham went 3.1 innings, allowing five, including four in the five that put the game out of reach. Micah Carpenter had a strong relief day, throwing 3.0 innings and giving up just three hits, 1 run and striking out four. Redshirt freshman Will Shirah closed, throwing 1.1 scoreless.
The Spiders used just three pitchers with Jacob Lamb (1-0) getting the win after 2.1 hitless relief innings. Starter Lowell Schipper allowed an unearned run in his short 3.2 inning while Kent Morrison pitched a scoreless three innings to close and get the save.
The Yellow Jackets return later on Saturday evening at Russ Chandler Stadium when they host West Virginia (1-1). First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra.