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Jenkins, Jackets Rally to Walk Off Eagles

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THE FLATS – Andrew Jenkins powered a center-cut pitch to the left center gap to drive in Brandon Prince and walk off Georgia Southern as Georgia Tech won 13-12 on Wednesday night at Mac Nease Baseball Park at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The Yellow Jackets (28-21) scored eight unanswered runs beginning in the seventh as they mounted their comeback effort. Stephen Reid drove in a seventh-inning run on a fielder’s choice before Tech’s eye at the plate shined in the eighth as Tres Gonzalez drew a bases-loaded RBI walk and Tim Borden II drew a hit-by-pitch, bases-loaded RBI.

Reid then got the biggest hit of the eighth, obliterating a two-out grand slam in the eighth to knot up the game at 12 apiece.

Then, with one out in the ninth, true freshman Nicholas Romano, who entered the game as a pinch hitter before playing shortstop, drove a ball on the ninth pitch of the at-bat up the middle. Prince then pinch ran and immediately stolen seven. Chandler Simpson then drew his second walk of the night before Jenkins hit the two-out walkoff.

On the mound, LHP Camron Hill and RHP Cole McNamee (1-0) shined in the late innings to hold the game steady. Hill settled the game with 1.1 innings of no-hit work beginning in the eighth, before McNamee slammed the door shut with the top of the ninth, while Kevin Parada also gunned down only Georgia Southern’s sixth runner caught stealing on the year.

The Eagles (32-16) were led by Noah Ledford, who went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBI. LHP Jay Thompson (5-3) received the loss, allowing five runs on three hits in just 1.2 innings.

Georgia Tech now finishes the regular season on the road when it travels to Akron (Canal Park), Kent State and Pittsburgh next week.

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Postgame Press Conference (Coach Hall, Andrew Jenkins, Stephen Reid)

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