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Jackets’ Big Bats Clinch Series over Clemson

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THE FLATS – In picture perfect weather on The Flats, Georgia Tech baseball combined lockdown pitching with red-hot bats to take the series in a big way, downing Clemson, 16-3, on Saturday afternoon at Mac Nease Baseball Park at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The Yellow Jackets (16-7, 5-3 ACC) were led by a blistering performance at the plate by Jake DeLeo. He finished with four hits, two home runs and two doubles, for three RBI, including a homer in the first at-bat of the game for Tech. Drew Compton also hit his first home run on the season, mashing in five RBI overall on the day on two hits.

Jack Rubenstein was the third Jacket to go yard, adding a solo homer to an RBI double on the day, while Kristian Campbell drove in three runs on two hits including a double of his own. Jadyn Jackson (two hits) and Jackson Finley (1-for-3) also drove in a run apiece, while Stephen Reid finished 2-for-3 with a double.

On the mound, Tech was bolstered by a terrific start by true freshman RHP Luke Schmolke (3-0), who went a career-long 5.0 innings and surrendered just three runs on six hits while striking out five. He passed the ball back to RHP Aeden Finateri who pitched two innings of two-hit ball before freshman LHP Noah Samol closed the door with one hit over the final two innings.

The Tigers (14-10, 1-4 ACC) were held to just nine hits – just a day after being held to four hits – and were led by Benjamin Blackwell, who finished 2-for-3 with a solo homer. Starter LHP Tristan Smith (0-1) received the loss, surrendering six runs on four hits in just 1.1 innings of work.

Georgia Tech looks to close out the series against Clemson on Sunday, March 26 at Mac Nease Baseball Park. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra.

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Postgame Press Conference (Coach Hall, Jake DeLeo, Luke Schmolke)

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