Georgia Tech baseball improves to 6-2 against top-15 teams since March 22
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball won its fourth-straight ACC series on Sunday when it upended ninth-ranked North Carolina, 10-5, in the rubber match at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets (22-10, 9-6 ACC) took sole possession of the Coastal Division behind two three-run homers from Tristin English and Kyle McCann, while Austin Wilhite also poured in two more hits. In all, seven Jackets got hits on the day.
Freshman Cort Roedig received the Sunday start and kept the game contained to just four runs through four innings, before Xzavion Curry (4-0) returned after missing his usual Friday start due to injury, striking out seven batters in three shutout innings.
Together with Luke Bartnicki and Tristin English’s appearances, Tech’s pitching staff held the Tar Heels (23-9, 8-7 ACC) to just six hits overall and one multi-hit performance – Michael Busch (2-for-5).
UNC used four pitchers total with freshman Will Sandy getting the start, allowing four runs on five hits in three innings, before Joey Lancellotti (1-2) entered the game. Lancellotti received the loss after allowing two earned runs on three hits in his 3.1 innings.
The Yellow Jackets will now head on the road to take on No. 4 Georgia in the second installment of Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate on Tuesday, April 9. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on SEC Network.
- Georgia Tech won their seventh game against a top-15 opponent this season (No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Louisville, No. 4 Georgia, No. 15 Auburn, No. 9 UNC) and are 6-2 against nationally ranked foes since March 22.
- Yellow Jackets are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
- Tristin English made his ninth appearance as closer for Tech, allowing just one run, but worked effectively enough to close the door on the weekend.
- English’s weekend at the plate was superb as he hit .583 for seven hits, a double, triple and two home runs for seven RBI and seven runs.
- Kyle McCann got back to his ways by smashing a three-RBI homer in the eighth to extend Tech’s lead. He now has 13 homers on the season to lead the ACC.
- Luke Bartnicki’s appearance on the mound in the fifth was brief but ultra-effective, finishing at just 0.2 innings, but getting both outs via strikeouts.
Head Coach Danny Hall Postgame Interview
RHP Xzavion Curry Postgame Interview
🔊 It may have been Sunday, but Xzavion Curry still got the W punching out 7️⃣ in 3.0 innings 💪 pic.twitter.com/Kcu1ge0W3C
— Georgia Tech Baseball (@GTBaseball) April 7, 2019