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Comeback Bid Falls Short at Duke

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DURHAM, N.C. – Despite three runs in the seventh to pull within two and bases loaded in the eighth, No. 10 Georgia Tech baseball couldn’t complete the sweep, falling 9-7 on Sunday afternoon to Duke at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The Yellow Jackets’ (13-7, 10-5 ACC) got four multi-hit days, led by Justyn-Henry Malloy (homer) and Tres Gonzalez, who both finished with three hits. Kevin Parada and Austin Wilhite also turned in two hit days. Luke Waddell also recorded a sac fly RBI.

On the mound, starter LHP Sam Crawford (2-2) received the loss, surrendering five runs on five hits in 2.2 innings. Tech then used six pitchers in relief, with LHP Luke Bartnicki (3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 K), LHP Dalton Smith (0.1 IP, 0 H, 1 BB) and RHP Zach Maxwell (0.2 IP, 0 H, 1 K) leading the effort.

For the Blue Devils (10-10, 5-7 ACC) offensively, Matt Rothenberg led the way with two doubles and a home run. RHP Marcus Johnson gets the win with 3.1 innings in relief allowing three runs (one earned).

After two-straight weekends on the road, Georgia Tech returns home to take on Virginia at Mac Nease Baseball Park on April 1-3. First pitches are scheduled for 7, 6 and 1 p.m., respectively, and will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1 FM.

Postgame Notes:

  • Georgia Tech moved to 10-1 when out-hitting opponents;
  • Georgia Tech has run 14 of their last 15 ACC series, dating back to 2019;
  • Georgia Tech moved to 7-2 on the road.
  • Austin Wilhite became the first Yellow Jacket since Wade Bailey (2018) to start 200 career games at Georgia Tech.

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