March 6, 2015
TECH STARTERS: Spingola/CF, Smith/1B, Murray/DH, Johnson/RF, Gold/3B, Bailey/2B, Gonzalez/LF, Pabst/C, Justus/SS, King/SP.
ND STARTERS: Johnson/LF, Fiala/3B, Biggio/2B, Bull/DH, Youngdahl/RF, Lidge/C, Kutsulis/1B, Richards/SS, Hudgins/CF, Kerrigan/SP.
• Kel Johnson homered and Jonathan King was strong, but Notre Dame pulled out a 3-2 victory over Georgia Tech in 10 innings on Friday night at Russ Chandler Stadium in the ACC opener for the both teams.
• Kyle Fiala’s two-out RBI single in the 10th inning was the difference for the Fighting Irish, who won their 11th straight game.
• Notre Dame improved to 11-1 (1-0 ACC) with the victory, while the Yellow Jackets fell to 9-4 (0-1).
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
• The game was the second straight for Tech decided in extra innings and snapped the team’s four-game winning streak.
• Johnson’s solo home run to deep left-center, which led off the fourth inning, was his team-leading fifth blast and pulled the Jackets within 2-1.
• Tech pulled even in the seventh after Wade Bailey led off with a walk, moved to third on Matt Gonzalez’s double and scored on a wild pitch.
• Tech had a chance to equalize in the bottom of the 10th after pinch-hitter Keenan Innis led off with a single and moved to second on Connor Justus’ bunt. But Daniel Spingola rocketed a line drive to second and Innis was doubled off for the final out.
• It was the fourth double play turned by Notre Dame in the game.
• Notre Dame reliever Brad Bass pitched 2.2 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts to earn the win (2-0), while Peter Solomon recorded his third save.
• King tossed seven strong innings for the Jackets, allowing just two runs on four hits with three strikeouts, but did not factor in the decision.
• The tough-luck loss fell to reliever Matthew Gorst (0-2), who pitched 2.2 innings in relief of King, but was on the hook for ND’s go-ahead run.
• Thomas Smith and Johnson each had two hits for the Yellow Jackets.
• Robert Youngdahl paced the visitors with his 3-for-4, one-run, one-RBI effort.
• “The first inning was a key for us when we loaded the bases and banged into the double play, and then they come out and score two on us in the second. I really thought that was King’s only bad inning. He just battled and kept us in the ballgame. We didn’t do a good job a situational hitting and we hit into four double plays. It’s one game – certainly not the way we wanted to start but we get another crack tomorrow.”
–Head Coach Danny Hall
The Yellow Jackets and the Fighting Irish continue their weekend series on Saturday at Russ Chandler Stadium. First is set for 2 p.m. and the game is live on ESPN3.