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Jackets Drop Heartbreaker to No. 21 UVA

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THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball held a one-run lead heading into the seventh, but a six-run rally over the final three innings by No. 21 Virginia proved too much to overcome, as it fell 10-6 on Friday night at Mac Nease Baseball Park at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The Yellow Jackets (30-24, 12-17 ACC) scored four runs in the first two innings, getting home runs from Kristian Campbell and Stephen Reid. The 21st-ranked Cavaliers (43-11, 18-11 ACC) responded with three runs in the second to tie, before Tech added a solo home run in their half of the inning from Angelo Dispigna to stay ahead.

Virginia then had stayed close enough around, scoring on a wild pitch in the sixth to pull within one and taking the lead in the seventh on an RBI single and two-run home run from Kyle Teel. Reid would then launch a second home run in the bottom-half to claw back within one, but three UVA runs in the ninth put the game out of reach.

On the night, Tech was also led at the plate by Jackson Finley, who went 3-for-5 on the night. Reid, Campbell and Dispigna all finished with multi-hit nights, while Reid was able to drive in a fourth RBI on a sac fly.

On the mound, RHP Aeden Finateri got his third-straight start and didn’t allow a run other than the second inning, finishing four innings with five strikeouts and just one walk. RHP Ben King (6-1) received his first career loss after some infield singles turned into runs, allowing four on five hits in 3.0 innings. RHP Terry Busse then went the final 2.0 innings, having three runs score on four hits with four strikeouts.

The 21st-ranked Cavs were led by Teel, who finished with a 4-for-5 night. RHP Angelo Tonas (4-0) received the win, pitching a no-hit sixth, while RHP Jay Woolfolk got his eighth save of the season.

Georgia Tech will look to take Game 3 against Virginia on Saturday, May 20. First pitch is set for noon and will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra.

Postgame Notes:

  • Georgia Tech honored 10 seniors prior to Friday’s game: Dalton Smith, Jackson Finley, Jadyn Jackson, John Giesler, Ben King, Stephen Reid, Angelo Dispigna, Drew Compton, Josiah Siegel and Michael Sorrow III.
  • Georgia Tech will honor legendary Yellow Jacket Mark Teixeira on Saturday prior to the game by retiring his No. 23 jersey.

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