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Jenkins, Bats Explode for 15-11 Win over No. 12 Hokies

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BLACKSBURG, Va. – No. 20 Georgia Tech baseball outscored No. 12 Virginia Tech 13-1 in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to erase a 6-2 deficit and ultimately take the 4-hour-and-36-minute, series-opening marathon, 15-11, on Friday night at English Field.

Andrew Jenkins led an offensive explosion from the DH, going 3-for-5 for a career-high six RBI, including back-to-back two-run home runs to spark the bats. Also among the five multi-hit performances for the Yellow Jackets (16-13, 13-9 ACC) was Austin Wilhite, Luke Waddell, Tres Gonzalez and Justyn-Henry Malloy. Malloy finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and three walks, while also scoring four times on the night.

On the mound, neither starting pitcher factored into the decision as RHP Andy Archer was relieved in the fifth inning. LHP Joseph Mannelly then came in to get a key double play before LHP Luke Bartnicki (1-1) got the win, going 2.0 innings of two-hit, one-run baseball with three strikeouts. RHP Chance Huff closed the final two innings.

For the Hokies (19-11, 14-8 ACC), Gavin Cross led them offensively with a 3-for-5, one RBI day. On the mound, Virginia Tech used eight pitchers on the night, with RHP Jaison Heard (3-1) getting the loss after surrendering five runs on four hits in just 1.1 innings of work.

The series will continued on Saturday between Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1 FM.

Postgame Notes:

  • Andrew Jenkins’ six RBI are the most by a Yellow Jacket hitter since Kyle McCann had seven against Northwestern (March 1, 2019);
  • Jenkins’ two home runs are the most since McCann had two against Kennesaw State (April 18, 2019);
  • Justyn-Henry Malloy’s four runs scored are the most since Tristin English scored five times against North Carolina (April 6, 2019);
  • Malloy’s three walks are the most since Baron Radcliff drew three against Tennessee Tech (March 3, 2020);
  • Georgia Tech was a combined 9-for-19 from the 8-9-1-2 spots in the order.

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