MACON, Ga. – Five multi-hit players powered Georgia Tech baseball to its third-straight win, getting the decisive 14-8 victory over Mercer on Tuesday night at OrthoGeorgia Park.
The Yellow Jackets (14-7) were red hot at the plate, having three players with three or more, while a quality start by junior Amos Willingham (3-0) held the Bears (11-11) to just one earned run on six hits, striking out four. He needed just 69 pitches to go six complete innings.
Luke Waddell and Colin Hall led the way offensively on the 18-hit night, getting four hits apiece. Michael Guldberg continued right along at the plate, finishing with three hits and a career-high three RBI, while Austin Wilhite finished with four RBI off three hits and a homer.
Mercer was led on the night by Kel Johnson and Alex Crotty at the plate. Johnson had five RBI off two homers while Crotty finished a perfect 2-for-2. On the mound, Sawyer Gipson-Long took the loss and fell to 2-3 on the year after allowing five runs on six hits in three innings of work. The Bears used seven relief pitchers on the night with Jackson Kelley (1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K) being the most efficient.
The Yellow Jackets continue their four-game road trip by heading to No. 4 Louisville the third week of Atlantic Coast Conference play on March 22-24. Games are slated to begin at 6 p.m., 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. with the entire series broadcast live on ACC Network Extra.
- After having just two games with 10 hits in the first six games, the Yellow Jackets have now raddled off 12 games with 10 or more hits in their last 14 games. They are 10-3 when hitting 10 or more.
- Georgia Tech is 7-3 in its last 10.
- Luke Waddell’s four hits on the night were a career high. Tuesday’s performance gives him three-straight multi-hit games.
- Colin Hall also finished with a career-high four hits on the night, extending his hit streak to three.
- Michael Guldberg’s three hits on Tuesday give him six-consecutive games with multiple hits. He ties his career high with three RBI (prev. vs. Auburn – March 20, 2018). Guldberg has been sensational lately, hitting .667 over the last five games, amassing 16 hits, one double, two RBI and five runs.
- Kyle McCann had an “off night” at the plate, hitting just an RBI double to the fence and drawing two walks. He finished officially 1-for-4 on the night. Over the last five games, McCann is hitting .500 – seven hits, four doubles, two homers and seven RBI.
- Tech used four total pitchers in relief on the night. Jake Lee and Micah Carpenter combined for 1.2 hitless innings, fanning two overall to close the game.
- Redshirt freshman LHP Will Shirah made his fourth appearance on the year in relief. It was his first outing since Feb. 24 against UCLA.
Head Coach Danny Hall Postgame Interview
Infielder Austin Wilhite Postgame Interview
🔊 Austin Wilhite talks postgame after the big 14-8 win over Mercer and his first home run of the year pic.twitter.com/3WDlgyr4gA
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