March 24, 2015
TECH STARTERS: Spingola/CF, Innis/RF, Gonzalez/LF, Murray/DH, Smith/1B, Gold/3B, Bailey/2B, Justus/SS, Pabst/C, Stanton/SP.
AUBURN STARTERS: Grier/RF, Haecker/LF, Logan/C, Robert/1B, Gray/2B, Nulph/SS, Deese/3B, Ebert/DH, Shaffer/CF, McCord/SP.
Georgia Tech scored the game’s final four runs and beat Auburn, 4-1, Tuesday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.
A.J. Murray homered and the Yellow Jackets turned four double plays in evening the season series versus the Tigers.
With the win, Tech improved to 17-7 overall, while Auburn slipped to 15-10.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
After an early pitcher’s duel between Tech’s Devin Stanton and Auburn’s Rocky McCord, the Tigers drew first blood in the fourth thanks to Kyler Deese’s RBI single that scored Melvin Gray.
That would be all Auburn mustered as Stanton, Ben Parr and Zac Ryan combined to limit the Tigers to one run on six singles.
Tech drew even in the fifth when Arden Pabst slammed an RBI double off the wall in left that scored Connor Justus.
Wade Bailey’s RBI ground out scored Matt Gonzalez to give the Jackets their first lead in the sixth.
Murray’s fifth home run and an RBI double from Bailey tacked on insurance in the eighth.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
Stanton allowed a run on four hits over his five innings on the mound while Parr tossed three innings of scoreless relief to earn his third win (3-1). Ryan closed out the ninth in order to nail down his fourth save.
Daniel Spingola extended his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games with his third-inning single.
The Yellow Jackets turned a season-high four double plays in the game, including a crucial twin-killing that ended the sixth as Matt Gonzalez reeled in a fly ball in left and gunned Auburn’s Blake Logan at the plate trying to tag from third to keep the game tied at 1-1.
Tech’s other three double plays ended the third, seventh and eighth innings.
Gonzalez was 2-for-4 with a run – his third-straight two-hit game.
Eight of the nine Jackets in the lineup recorded at least one of the team’s nine hits.
“That’s a good win. They beat us down there earlier and they were coming off a good weekend against Vanderbilt where that had a chance to win that series. I felt like we pitched it well tonight. Devin was in and out of trouble but he made the pitches when he needed and Ben and Zac were outstanding. We played really good defense and the double plays were huge for us. We didn’t execute well enough situationally, but we scratched enough runs across.”
The Yellow Jackets begin an eight-game road swing this weekend with an ACC series at Louisville. The Yellow Jackets and Cardinals will meet for the first time as conference foes beginning Friday at 6 p.m. All three games will air on ESPN3.