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Hot-Hitting No. 7 Jackets Down Duke 15-3

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DURHAM, N.C. – An ultra-efficient 15 runs on 15 hits day for No. 7 Georgia Tech baseball led it to a 15-3 series-clinching win over Duke on Saturday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The Yellow Jackets (35-14, 17-9 ACC) secured its eighth-straight ACC series victory and its ninth-straight series win overall, while holding the Blue Devils (28-21, 13-13 ACC) to just three runs on 13 hits.

For the fifth-straight game, Tech raked for more than 14 hits, highlighted by six multi-hit performances and a career-best 4-for-4, two-RBI day for Nick Wilhite. The Jackets also went yard three times, with Kyle McCann knocking two and Colin Hall pelting another.

Duke, offensively, was led by three multi-hit players with Joey Loperfido hitting a double and a home run for two RBI.

The seventh-ranked Jackets needed just two arms on the mound on Saturday. LHP Connor Thomas (8-1) had his ninth quality start of the year, allowing just three runs on 11 hits over 7.0 innings of work. Senior RHP Robert Winborne slammed the door shut on the game, throwing two frames of hitless baseball.

Duke was once again forced to call the bullpen early as Bill Chillari (2-3) threw 90 pitches of 3.2 innings of work, allowing nine earned runs during the outing. The Blue Devils then used three relievers with Al Pesto fanning five over 2.0 as the most effective.

The Yellow Jackets will close the series on Sunday, May 12 against Duke. Game 3’s First pitch has been moved up to 11 a.m. due to inclement weather in the forecast.

Postgame Notes:

  • Georgia Tech is 9-1 in its last 10 games.
  • Tech has also won five-straight games.
  • The Jackets recorded 14 or more hits for the fifth-straight game and has double-digit hits in seven-straight games
  • Tech’s three homers give it 16 games on the season with multiple home runs. Tech improved to 13-3 in those games.
  • The Jackets improved to 15-0 this season when scoring double digits
  • Kyle McCann’s two home runs give him 21 on the season, which is good for tied-6th for a single season in program history. He’s the first Jacket to hit 21 in one year since Tony Plagman in 2010.

Multimedia:

Head Coach Danny Hall Postgame Interview

Outfielder Nick Wilhite Postgame Interview

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