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Jackets Belt Two Grand Slams to Clinch UNC Series

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Georgia Tech baseball’s offense was ablaze on Sunday afternoon as it mashed five home runs to defeat North Carolina 11-8 at Boshamer Stadium for its second-straight ACC series.

The Yellow Jackets (23-14, 9-9 ACC) hit two grand slams on the day, one in the second inning by the nation’s home run leader Kevin Parada and another key one in the ninth by Tim Borden II – his second homer of the day. Also blasting a ball beyond the Boshamer fence was Tres Gonzalez and Colin Hall.

On the mound, Tech needed just four pitchers on the day to keep the Tar Heels (22-14, 8-10 ACC) in check. RHP Marquis Grissom, Jr. put in a fine start, allowing just three earned runs on five hits in 4.2 innings – three Tech errors ballooned his pitch count to 86. RHP Dawson Brown (2-0) then dealt 1.1 shutout innings across the middle to settle the game and earn his second decision of the year.

LHP Sam Crawford then muscled his way through 2.2 innings to close before RHP John Medich earned his first save of the year.

UNC was led by Vance Honeycutt, who went 2-for-3 with a homer and double. Starter RHP Connor Bovair (2-3) received the loss, surrendering 3 runs on one hit in 1.0 innings pitched.

Georgia Tech returns home for an eight-game homestand beginning on Tuesday, April 19 against in-state Mercer. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1 FM.

Postgame Notes:

  • Georgia Tech’s two grand slams mark the third time since 2007 that the Jackets have hit two grand slams in a single game (previous: April 16, 2008 vs. Georgia Southern (Brad Feltes and Luke Murton – won 14-8; March 2, 2007 vs. Rutgers (Brad Feltes and Patrick Long – won 18-12);
  • On the weekend, Georgia Tech hit 10 home runs from six hitters;
  • Tim Borden II and Kevin Parada both had five hits, three home runs and nine RBI on the weekend with Borden slugging 1.154 and Parada slugging 1.077;
  • Over the last week (four games), Andrew Jenkins once again hit .444 for eight hits, a triple and a homer; Borden had six hits, a double and four home runs (1.118 slugging); Colin Hall hit .333 for five hits, a double and two home runs; Parada had five hits, three homers and nine RBI;
  • At 18 home runs on the season, Kevin Parada now ranks tied-15th all-time in program history.

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Coach Hall Postgame Interview

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