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Jackets Rally Falls Short vs. No. 21 UVA

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THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball had the bases loaded in the ninth with one out, but couldn’t get the clutch hit it needed, falling 8-7 to No. 21 Virginia on Saturday afternoon at Mac Nease Baseball Park at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Despite not getting the clutch hit, the Yellow Jackets (30-25, 12-18 ACC) batted with a fury to record 17 hits for their seven runs. The 21st-ranked Cavaliers’ (44-11, 19-11 ACC) defense halted more than a few runs by Tech. After trailing 3-0, Tech battled to take a 5-3 lead in the fifth, before Virginia would rattled off five runs over the next three innings.

At the plate, Angelo Dispigna led the way with a 4-for-4 afternoon. Jake DeLeo, John Giesler and Jackson Finley all finished with three hits apiece, as Finley drove in two runs and Giesler drove in another. The Jackets also got RBI out of Stephen Reid and Jack Rubenstein.

On the mound, starter RHP Jackson Finley went 2.0 innings, allowing three runs on three hits, before LHP Dalton Smith went the next 3.2 innings of work. Through three innings, Smith hadn’t given up a run, but three would cross against him in the sixth.

LHP Camron Hill (1-1) received the loss, allowing two runs on two hits in 1.2 innings of work. RHP Jackson Vaughan and LHP Joseph Mannelly closed out the game with Mannelly going 1.2 no-hit innings to keep the deficit at two runs and keep Tech in the game.

Virginia was led by Jake Gelof, who went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI on the day. LHP Jack O’Connor (6-3) received the win, tossing 2.1 innings of no-hit work. RHP Jay Woolfolk worked to his ninth save of the season.

Georgia Tech will head now to the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. on May 23-28 where it will face off against North Carolina and a rematch with Virginia in Pool B. The full schedule of games will be announced on Sunday, May 21.


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