March 4, 2016
Johnson finished the night with a career-high-tying four hits, going 4-for-5. It was Johnson’s first walk-off hit of his college career and lifted Georgia Tech (9-0) to its first 9-0 start since 2006. Friday’s win also extended the Jackets’ home winning streak to nine games – their longest home win streak since 2011 (11 games).
Western Carolina – Garrett Brown CF, Brett Pope SS, Danny Bermudez C, Matt Smith 1B, Kramer Ferrell LF, Bryson Bowman RF, Spencer Holcomb DH, Nobu Suzuki 2B, J.D. Long 3B, Brendan Nail P
Georgia Tech is 9-0 for the first time since 2006 (started 16-0).
The Yellow Jackets extended their home win streak to nine games, their longest home win streak since 2011 (11 games).
Tech has now won 19 straight nonconference home games.
Danny Hall posted his 1,140th career victory and 932nd at Georgia Tech.
Tech is now 295-100 all-time in the month of March under Hall.
Georgia Tech is 859-251-1 all-time at Russ Chandler Stadium (since 1985).
HOW IT HAPPENED
Western Carolina took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Brown scored on a Brandon Gold wild pitch.
Georgia Tech plated the equalizer in the second when Kel Johnson scored on Arden Pabst’s RBI groundout.
WCU extended its lead to 3-1 in the third. The Catamounts regained the lead after Matt Smith’s RBI single to left field and later took a 3-1 lead on Ferrell’s RBI single to center field.
The Catamounts’ lead grew to 4-1 in the fifth with Bermudez’s one-out solo home run. That would be the Catamounts’ last run of the day.
Tech slowly chipped away at WCU’s lead. First in the sixth, Tristin English drove home the Jackets’ first run in fourth innings on a sac fly RBI to score Matt Gonzalez.
Tech’s rally continued in the eighth when English drove in his second run on an RBI groundout, cutting the WCU lead to 4-3.
The #CardiacJackets returned in the ninth inning for two runs and the win. Keenan Innis drew a one-out walk before Wade Bailey singled to left-center. With two runners aboard, Connor Justus tied the game with an RBI double to right field.
After Gonzalez was intentionally walked, Johnson singled to center field to score Justus for the game-winner.
“Brandon Gold was sick this week. He probably wasn’t 100% today health-wise.I felt like Burton Dulaney did a nice job to keeping us right there. Bobby Gauvreau and Ben Parr did a nice job in relief. Parr was big in keeping that runner from scoring in the ninth. We got some big hits in the ninth inning.” – Danny Hall on Tech’s come-from-behind victory
“I was having a good night heading up into the ninth. I was kinda shocked to see Matt (Gonzalez) get intentionally walked, but I was happy about the opportunity to get to the plate with a chance to win the game. – Kel Johnson on his game-winning hit
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Georgia Tech batted in the bottom of the ninth for the first time in eight home games this season.
Kel Johnson tied a career high with four hits, going 4-for-5. It was Johnson’s third multi-hit game of the season.
Johnson was the only Yellow Jacket with more than one hit on the night.
Freshman Tristin English drove in two runs on a pair of RBI groundouts.
Freshman Burton Dulaney pitched two innings of scoreless relief, scattering three hits with three strikeouts.
Ben Parr earned his third win of the season, striking out one batter in 2/3 of an inning.
No. 13 Georgia Tech continues its weekend series at 2 p.m. Saturday with Western Carolina. Fans can watch the game live on RamblinWreck.com or listen to WREK 91.1 FM. Because of the 2 p.m. men’s basketball game at McCamish Pavilion, all parking lots will be $15.