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Jackets Complete Comeback over Notre Dame

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THE FLATS – A 2-2 fastball left high over the plate was all Jack Rubenstein needed to launch his third home run of the season and open the floodgates to allow Georgia Tech baseball to complete the comeback and win 7-4 over Notre Dame on Friday night at Mac Nease Baseball Park at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The Yellow Jackets (12-2, 1-0 ACC) scored four in that inning after being stymied at the plate for much of the game. As the inning began to snowball on the Fighting Irish (5-5, 0-1 ACC), Drew Compton scored on a balk, Nicholas Romano was singled in by Nico Senese, and Kristian Campbell scored on a wild pitch.

Tech then turned it over to one of the nation’s top closers in RHP Terry Busse. Earning his nation-leading sixth save of the season, Busse worked six hitless outs, fanning four to slam the door shut.

To get to Busse, the Jackets looked to bullpen stalwarts RHP Ben King and LHP Joseph Mannelly (1-0). King went 1.2 innings, surrendering just three hits to two strikeouts, before passing the ball to Mannelly. Mannelly got out of a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout and worked 0.2 innings total to get his first decision of the season.

RHP Dawson Brown got the start for Tech. He threw four innings of scoreless baseball before four came across in the fifth.

At the plate, the Jackets produced 10 hits on the night. Rubenstein led all hitters with a double and homer for two RBI. Jake DeLeo was a cool 2-for-3 with a walk, while Compton mashed two doubles (scoring both times). Also driving in runs on the night were Angelo Dispigna and Jackson Finley.

Notre Dame was led by Carter Putz, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI. RHP Matt Bedford (1-1) took the loss, allowing four runs on three hits in just 1.0 innings.

Georgia Tech and Notre Dame will close out the opening ACC series on Saturday in a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the next game beginning approximately 45 minutes after that game concludes.

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Postgame Press Conference (Coach Hall, Jack Rubenstein, Terry Busse)

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