April 3, 2016
THE FLATS – For the second straight game, Georgia Tech’s pitching staff didn’t have an answer for Duke as the Blue Devils took a 10-4 win against the 18th-ranked Yellow Jackets on Sunday afternoon.
Georgia Tech (20-7, 6-6 ACC) lost a home ACC series for the first time since March 2015 vs. North Carolina, while Duke (14-14, 4-8 ACC) won its first ACC series of the season.
Georgia Tech lost its first home ACC series since March 20-21, 2015, vs. North Carolina. Tech has won four straight home ACC series before the weekend.
Georgia Tech leads the series 91-35 with a 59-40 mark under head coach Danny Hall.
Tech lost consecutive home games for the first time since March 7-8, 2014, vs. Wake Forest.
Sunday was the seventh time in 12 ACC games that the Yellow Jackets’ starting pitcher lasted less than 5.0 innings.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Duke took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd after Keyton Gibson walked three batters and walked a fourth. Zack Kone drove in Duke’s first run on an RBI fielder’s choice.
Georgia Tech answered in the bottom half of the 2nd thanks to Ryan Peurifoy’s RBI double to right-center.
Gibson was able to keep Duke batters at bay until the 5th. After surrendering Duke’s first hit, Gibson gave way for Robert Winborne who allowed four runs on four straight hits and a 5-1 Duke lead. The Blue Devils added three more in the frame for an 8-1 lead.
Tech cut Duke’s lead to 8-4 in the 6th. Kel Johnson and Tristin English opened the frame with back-to-back singles. After Johnson scored on a passed ball, English scored on Trevor Craport’s RBI groundout. Brandon Gold scored Tech’s third run on Peurifoy’s RBI single.
In the top of the 9th, Duke added two insurance runs on two costly Georgia Tech errors.
“It was certainly a disappointing weekend. We didn’t play well. This weekend, we didn’t play the way I would like to see us play. We have to play better, pitch better, play better defense and get better hitting.” – Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall on the Yellow Jackets’ 10-4 loss
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Junior C Arden Pabst threw out his first baserunner of the season – the 42nd baserunner thrown out in his career.
Sophomore RF Kel Johnson went 1-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 22 games. He snapped his streak of four straight games with a home run.
Junior CF Ryan Peurifoy went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI.
Freshman 1B Tristin English went 2-for-5, his fourth straight game with 2+ hits.
Junior SS Connor Justus recorded his team-leading 15th multi-hit game of the season, going 3-for-5 with a double. It was his second straight 3-hit game and increased his team-leading doubles total to 12.
Justus tied a career-best with his 66th consecutive start.
The 18th-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will play a pair of midweek contests against in-state rivals. Georgia Tech travels to Macon for a Tuesday game at Mercer (6 p.m. first pitch) and return home Wednesday to host Kennesaw State (6 p.m. first pitch).