March 24, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Sophomore starter Dusty Isaacs gave No. 14 Georgia Tech five solid innings, and freshman Cole Pitts finished off a 2-1 victory over Boston College in the series finale Saturday at Commander Shea Field in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
The victory allowed Tech (15-9, 4-5) to salvage the finale, after the Eagles (9-13, 2-7) walked off with a 4-3 win in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader to win the series.
Sam Dove was 2-for-3 with a walk, extending his hitting streak to a career-long 15 games, and Daniel Palka also had two hits and RBI for Georgia Tech. Dove is hitting .419 for the season, .405 in ACC play.
For the third game of the series, Tech jumped on BC with runs in the first inning. This time, Evan Martin, who led off the game with a double, scored from third on a double play ball for a 1-0 lead. Palka made it 2-0 with an RBI single through the left side.
Staked to the 2-0 advantage, Isaacs limited the Eagles to just a run on three over five innings, by working himself out of a couple key situations. After the first two reached in the second, Isaacs got a pair of strikeouts and a groundout to escape trouble. He left two on the third, and after BC got a run in the fourth, Isaacs left the bases loaded in the fifth to preserve the 2-1 lead.
Pitts did the rest, allowing the Jackets to escape with a win thanks to four scoreless innings to nail down his first college save. The freshman scattered four hits with no walks and a strikeout to secure Isaacs his fourth win (4-1).
Tech, which is dealing with a number of injuries in the bullpen, played both games of Saturday’s doubleheader without starting catcher Zane Evans and centerfield Kyle Wren, who suffered injuries in Friday’s game. Evans was hitting .338 with a team-leading 24 RBI, while Wren was hitting .337 with a team-high 29 runs.
The Jackets return to action Tuesday at Russ Chandler Stadium, opening a two-game midweek series versus Georgia Southern. Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s games versus the Eagles are set for 6 p.m.