June 4, 2016
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After falling to UConn by a score of 7-6 on Friday, the Jackets bounced back on Saturday with a 12-3 win over Bethune-Cookman to stay alive in the NCAA Gainesville Regional.
Georgia Tech (37-24) put the game away in the top of the ninth with a six-run frame, which included a three-run shot from Tristin English. Starter Brandon Gold (9-3) earned the win, pitching 7.0 innings and allowing three runs on seven hits.
English went 3-for-5 with a home run and 5 RBI, and he now has five home runs and 42 RBI on the season. Wade Bailey went 4-5 with two doubles, bringing his total up to 12 for the season.
- This weekend marks the 31st NCAA Regional appearance in Georgia Tech history and 20th of the Danny Hall era.
- Georgia Tech is 70-62 all-time in the NCAA postseason.
- Danny Hall is 54-44 all-time in the NCAA postseason.
- Georgia Tech is 6-7 all-time in NCAA Gainesville Regional games.
“I think it was important for us today to get the lead, and it felt like even though Brandon didn’t have his best stuff, he really battled and gave us innings, which we needed desperately. Then we were able to blow the game open late in the game to give ourselves a little breathing room. I’m definitely pleased with the way we played, and we’re definitely excited to live for another day.” – Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Jackets got on the board with a pair of runs in the top half of the second inning. The frame included singles from Tristin English, Trevor Craport and Brandt Stallings. English came home on a bases-loaded walk, and Craport came home on a fielder’s choice.
- Tech put one more on the board in the third with a pair of doubles from Wade Bailey and Craport.
- Bethune-Cookman tied it up after two runs in the third and another in the fourth. The Wildcats had five combined hits in the third and fourth innings.
- The Jackets regained the lead in the top of the fifth, as they were able to tally three runs. Tristin English drove in two on a single, and Gonzalez scored on a groundout to make it 6-3.
- In the top of the ninth, the Georgia Tech bats really came alive. The Jackets plated six with the help of a three run homer from English, his fifth of the season.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Georgia Tech broke the single-season school record with its 78th double play of the season.
- Freshman 1B Tristin English went 3-for-5 with 5 RBI.
- Wade Bailey went 4-5 with two doubles.
- Matt Gonzalez now has 299 career hits and is one shy of becoming the third player in school history with 300 career hits.
- English hit his fifth home run of the season and is now up to 42 RBI.
- Brandon Gold earned his ninth win of the year, which leads the Georgia Tech staff.
- Sophomore 3B Trevor Craport extended his hit streak to eight games and his reached safely streak to 12 games. Craport went 3-4 with two doubles and an RBI.
- Junior SS Connor Justus made his 100th consecutive start Saturday.
Georgia Tech will face the loser of Florida and UConn at 12 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3 and WREK 91.1 FM.