MIAMI – Georgia Tech baseball had its comeback attempt thwarted as it fell to Miami 6-5 on a walk-off home run in the ninth inning on Saturday night at Mark Light Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets (10-5, 1-1 ACC) trailed 3-0 in the fifth and fought all the way back to take a 4-3 and 5-4 lead late in the game, but a Freddy Zamora two-run homer would be the difference to give the Hurricanes (11-3, 1-1 ACC) the win.
The game came down to relievers as Keyton Gibson (1-2) turned in 2.2 innings of fine work in relief under pressure before the home run, while Miami used three relievers with closer Tyler Keysor (2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 K) getting the win and moving to 2-0 on the year.
At the plate, the Jackets were led by three multi-hit players. Tristin English and Colin Hall both turned in fine nights with two hits apiece while Oscar Serratos finished with two hits and an RBI. Designated hitter Baron Radcliff recorded just one hit on the night but it was a big one, knocking home Tech’s go-ahead run in the eighth.
The Hurricanes were once again led by shortstop Zamora, who had three hits and two RBI on the night, while second baseman Anthony Vilar was their only other multi-hit batter with two.
After back-to-back thrilling games to open the series, Georgia Tech will try to clinch the series on Sunday, March 10. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra.
- After having just two games with 10 hits in the first six games, the Jackets have now raddled off eight games with 10 or more hits in their last nine games. Entering Saturday, they were a perfect 7-0 when hitting 10.
- Georgia Tech lost its first game of the season when outhitting its opponent. It was a perfect 8-0 entering Saturday.
- Georgia Tech is 7-2 over its last nine games.
- As a team, Tech finished with five doubles on the day – Oscar Serratos, Tristin English, Kyle McCann, Chase Murray and Luke Waddell.
- Connor Thomas got the usual Saturday start for Tech, allowing seven hits, three runs in the first six innings. Thomas finished the day with five strikeouts, while only issuing one walk.
- Michael Guldberg got his first start in the field after an injury last year. He started at second base with Luke Waddell shifting over to shortstop.
- Austin Wilhite missed Saturday’s game with an illness, snapping the team’s longest consecutive games played streak at 121.