KENNESAW, Ga. – Thirty-degree temperatures and wind made for a frosty night at Stillwell Stadium, but Georgia Tech baseball combined for 14 hits in the 10-7 win over Kennesaw State on Tuesday night.
The Yellow Jackets (8-4) also got a fine start out of junior right-handed pitcher Amos Willingham (2-0), who allowed just one run and five hits in five innings for his second-straight midweek win. The Owls (6-5) starter, righty Jake McLinskey (1-1), went just three innings with three runs scored.
Keeping the offense hot with the fifth game 10 or more hits in their last six, Tristin English led the way with three hits, an RBI and a double, while also scoring twice himself. Reigning ACC Player of the Week Kyle McCann finished with a game-high three RBI off his fourth home run of the month. Nick Wilhite also turned in two hits while Michael Guldberg and Oscar Serratos finished with two RBI apiece.
Once Tech had built a sizable 10-1 lead in the top of the seventh, the Jackets used the opportunity to rest starters and gain experience as Cole Neuber, Paxton Rigby, Ryan Miller, Cameron Turley, Charlie Benson and Baron Radcliff all saw time at the plate and in the field.
The Owls then got a late-inning spark out of its bats, scoring three runs in the seventh and three in the ninth to close the gap. KSU was led by four multi-hit players in Tyler Simon, Alex Carballo, Jaylen Smith, and Terence Norman, who all had two hits on the night. Carballo led all with three RBI.
The Jackets used two relief pitchers for the game, as Luke Bartnicki made his sixth appearance (1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 K) before Micah Carpenter came in to finish (2.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 7 K). KSU used five relief pitchers with Monty Horn being the most effective at 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER and 3 K.
Georgia Tech baseball will conclude its midweek home-and-home with Kennesaw State on Wednesday, March 6 when it takes on the Owls at 4 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for 5 p.m. but was moved up due to weather. The game 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 five games with 10 or more hits in their last six games. They are 5-0 when accomplishing the feat this season.
- Tristin English finished the game with a season-high three hits.
- Kyle McCann launched a two-run homer in the third inning, giving him four home runs in the first five days of March.
- With three RBI, it’s also the fourth game for McCann with multiple RBI.
- Nick Wilhite’s two hits marked his fourth game with multiple hits in his last five games.
- Micah Carpenter finished with a career-high seven strikeouts in 2.1 innings of relief, facing 13 batters.
Head Coach Danny Hall Postgame Interview