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Jackets Win 4-1 Behind Gold's Commanding Performance

Feb. 26, 2016

#17 Georgia Tech
Game 5
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
UMBC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 9 0
Georgia Tech 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 X 4 8 1
WP: Brandon Gold (1-0) | LP: Conrad Wozniak (1-1) | SV: None
Box Score

THE FLATS – Two nights after his game-winning performance, junior pitcher Brandon Gold struck out seven in eight scoreless innings Friday to lead No. 17 Georgia Tech to a 4-1 win over UMBC at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Gold (1-0) earned his first win of the season and has struck out 15 batters and allowed one unearned run in 13.0 innings. Georgia Tech improved to 5-0 on the season, extending its nonconference home winning streak to 15 games.

UMBC – Kevin Lachance SS, Nick Naumann LF, Hunter Dolshun C, Jamie Switalski DH, Anthony Gatto 1B, Andrew Casali CF, A.J. Wright 3B, Mitchell Carroll 2B, Tim Kelly RF, Conrad Wozniak P

Georgia Tech – Wade Bailey 2B, Ryan Peurifoy CF, Matt Gonzalez 3B, Kel Johnson DH, Tristin English 1B, Coleman Poje RF, Connor Justus SS, Arden Pabst C, Keenan Innis LF, Brandon Gold P

• Friday was the first meeting between the schools. Georgia Tech now leads the series, 1-0.
• Georgia Tech has won 15 straight nonconference home games.
• Georgia Tech is 5-0 to start the season for the first time since 2013.
• Georgia Tech is now 855-251-1 all-time at Russ Chandler Stadium.
• Tech turned two double plays, increasing its season total to nine. The Jackets have turned 258 double plays since 2012 – the second-most in the nation during that span.

• The Jackets pushed across two runs in the second to take a 2-0 lead. Tristin English opened the inning with a single through the right side and later advanced to second on a fielder’s choice. Arden Pabst moved runners to second and third on a ground out to second. Keenan Innis drew a two-out walk for Wade Bailey, who knocked in two runs with a single.
• Tech added one in the fourth when Matt Gonzalez drew a bases loaded walk to plate Pabst for a 3-0 advantage.
Kel Johnson drove home another insurance run for the Jackets in the seventh with an RBI double to right-center to score Gonzalez.
• With Robert Winborne on in relief of Brandon Gold, the Retrievers scored their only run of the game – an unearned run on an errant throw to first by Wade Bailey. The error allowed Jamie Switalski to score from second.

“Brandon threw the ball really well, threw a lot of strikes. He had command of everything. We needed it. We didn’t hit much. The story of the game was Brandon.” – Georgia Tech head coach on winning pitcher Brandon Gold’s performance

“I’ve had some experience doing it the last couple of years. It keeps it interesting. I love not knowing where I’m planning until I come to the ballpark. It’s exciting.” – Georgia Tech 3B Matt Gonzalez on going back-and-forth between third base and outfield

• Sophomore 2B Wade Bailey went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI, driving in the game’s first two runs in the second.
• Senior 3B Matt Gonzalez continues to hit the ball well, going 2-for-3 with one RBI. He also recorded his first stolen base of the season.
• Sophomore DH Kel Johnson broke an 0-for-11 slump with an RBI double to right-center in the seventh inning.
• Freshman 1B Tristin English tied a career best with two hits.
• Junior RHP Brandon Gold threw a career-high 8.0 innings, scattering eight hits with seven strikeouts. He threw 99 pitches and faced 29 UMBC batters.
• Freshman RHP Robert Winborne made his second career appearance. He allowed one unearned run on one hit with one walk in the ninth inning.
• Junior SS Connor Justus turned his 100th career double play.

No. 17 Georgia Tech continues its series with UMBC on Saturday at Russ Chandler Stadium. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. Fans can listen live on WREK 91.1 FM.

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