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Jackets Outduel Owls in 5-4 Win

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THE FLATSNo. 16 Georgia Tech baseball’s bullpen combined for 6.0 innings of four hits, no runs and seven strikeouts to shutdown Kennesaw State and get the 5-4 win on Wednesday night at Mac Nease Baseball Park at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The Yellow Jackets (9-0) got three innings of LHP Dalton Smith, who held the Owls (5-2) to four runs, before turning to RHP Aeden Finateri, who went 1.0 innings of shutout ball to cool them off.

RHP Ben King (1-0) got his second-career decision victory, going 2.0 innings of one-hit ball before handing the ball to LHP Joseph Mannelly, who turned in two more innings of shutdown ball.

With a one-run lead, Tech turned to closer RHP Terry Busse, who got his fourth save of the season with three-straight strikeouts to slam the door.

Jackson Finley hit the go-ahead, three-run home run in the fifth. Jake DeLeo and Jack Rubenstein both led with two-hit nights, while John Giesler also drove in a run.

Kennesaw State was led by Spencer Hanson, who went 2-for-3 with a home run. LHP Brayden Eidson (0-1) received the loss, surrendering three runs on three hits in 1.0 innings.

Georgia Tech renews Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate this weekend when it faces off against Georgia in a three-game series. Game 1 will be in Athens at 6 p.m. with Game 2 nearing a sellout at Mac Nease Baseball Park at 2 p.m. Game 3 will then head to Coolray Field for the 20th annual Spring Classic for the Kids, benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. First pitch on Sunday is at 3 p.m.

Postgame Notes:

  • Jackson Finley has now hit four home runs in two days and five home runs in last three games;
  • Georgia Tech’s 9-0 start is its best since 2016 (12-0).

Multimedia:

Postgame Press Conference (Coach Hall, Ben King, Terry Busse)

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