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Jackets Edged by No. 15 Georgia 3-1 in Spring Classic

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Georgia Tech (27-22) 000010000151
Georgia (34-14)00030000X380

ATLANTA, Ga. – In the 16th annual Farmview Market Spring Classic for Kids baseball game, the Yellow Jackets were edged by the No. 15 Georgia Bulldogs 3-1 in front of a crowd of 17,741 at SunTrust Park on Tuesday night.

The Jackets had their winning streak snapped at three-straight games and fell to 0-3 this season versus the Bulldogs with the loss.

Tech’s five hits all came from five different players in Wade Bailey (1-for-4), Joey Bart (1-for-4), Kyle McCann (1-for-2, 2B, BB, run), Austin Wilhite (1-for-4, 2B) and Colin Hall (1-for-3, RBI).

The Bulldogs picked up eight hits on the night led by Mason Meadows (1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBIs) and Aaron Schunk (1-for-4, HR) who drove in the three runs in the win.

The loss fell to Tech’s Tristin English (2-3), as the righty pitched well, but gave up three runs, all of which came in the fourth inning, on eight hits, one walk and four strikeouts.

GT BattingABRHRBIBBSO
2B Wade Bailey 401000
C Joey Bart 401001
LF Chase Murray300001
P/DH Tristin English 400002
1B Kyle McCann 211011
3B Oscar Serratos400002
SS Austin Wilhite 401002
RF Colin Hall 301100
CF Nick Wilhite300001
UGA BattingABRHRBIBBSO
RF Tucker Bradley401001
3B Aaron Schunk411100
LF Keegan McGovern400001
DH Michael Curry412001
1B Adam Sasser200021
SS Cam Shepherd411000
C Mason Meadows201200
2B LJ Talley301001
CF Tucker Maxwell301001
GT PitchingIPHRERBBK
Tristin English5.083314
Micah Carpenter3.000012
UGA BattingIPHRERBBK
C.J. Smith 5.0 21102
Tony Locey 0.220001
Ryan Webb1.110012
Zac Kristofak2.000005

Reliever Micah Carpenter was key in keeping the Jackets in the game, as he entered the contest out of the bullpen in the sixth inning with two runners on and no outs. He got the next three Georgia hitters to pop out, fly out and strike out to keep the Bulldogs from adding to his lead.

Overall, Carpenter threw 3.0-hitless innings, striking out two and walking one for Tech over the final three innings of play.

The win went to UGA starter C.J. Smith (1-0) as the freshman lefty allowed just one run on two hits and two strikeouts over 5.0-complete innings. Zak Kristofak (4) picked up the save with 2.0-scoreless innings to close the game.

Both teams struggled early, as the two teams combined for just two hits, one apiece, over the first three innings of play.

However, Georgia broke through first in the bottom of the fourth as Schunk led off the inning with a solo home run to center field, while later in the inning Meadows lined a two-out double to left center field just out of reach of a diving Nick Wilhite to plate two more runs and give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead going into the fifth inning of play.

Tech got one run back in the top of the fifth, as McCann was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Austin Wilhite then doubled to left field, before an RBI ground out by Colin Hall scored McCann from third to cut the UGA lead to two at 3-1.

While Carpenter kept the Bulldogs’ offense at bay for the rest of the contest, the Jackets couldn’t get anything going themselves offensively, only threatening in the top of the sixth.

The Jackets looked poised to breakout in the top of the sixth as Bailey and Bart posted back-to-back singles to lead off the frame. After a Chase Murray sacrifice bunt moved the two Jackets up into scoring position, the Bulldogs got a key strikeout for out number two.

With two on and two outs, McCann appeared to have given the Jackets the lead with a long fly ball to right field; however, it flew to the right of the foul pole and into the stands for a foul ball. McCann then drew a walk to load the bases, only to see Georgia pick up another big strikeout to end the inning still on top 3-1.

The White and Gold would get just one hit over their final three at bats to allow the Bulldogs to escape with the 3-1 non-conference win.

Both teams left six runners on base for the game.

Georgia Tech (27-22, 11-13 ACC) will now it the road for a three-game ACC series at Virginia (25-20, 9-15 ACC) in Charlottesville, Va. The two teams will play Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (4 p.m.) and Monday (7 p.m.). Monday’s night’s series finale will be broadcast on ESPNU.

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