Georgia Tech baseball wins fourth-straight game
THE FLATS – No. 11 Georgia Tech baseball won its fourth-straight game when it grinded out a series-opening 8-7 victory over Clemson on Friday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets (29-13, 14-8 ACC) were held to just six hits, but produced eight runs off the at-bats to defeat the Tigers (26-17, 11-11 ACC), who managed 13 hits on the night, but also committed two errors.
Offensively, Georgia Tech was led by Tristin English, who finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while Kyle McCann hit his 16th home run of the season to plate two runs in the fifth. Tech also got hits from Luke Waddell, Michael Guldberg, Baron Radcliff and Colin Hall on the night.
Clemson finished with five multi-hit performances, highlighted by Bryar Hawkins, who went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs.
On the mound, the Jackets kept the game manageable and while, the Tigers hit home runs, they were solo shots until the ninth that would only chip away at the lead. Starter Xzavion Curry and relief pitcher Johnathan Hughes (7-2) allowed two runs apiece with Hughes receiving the win.
The Tigers used five pitchers overall with starter Davis Sharpe (5-3) allowing three earned runs over the first four innings to receive the loss.
The Yellow Jackets will look to keep the momentum rolling on Saturday, April 27 for Game 2 against Clemson. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra.
- The Yellow Jackets have now won four-straight games.
- The #CardiacJackets improved to 12-4 in games decided by two or less runs.
- Tech won its first series-opening game since March 22 when it downed then-No. 4 Louisville on the road.
- The Jackets improved to 27-1 when leading after the sixth inning.
- Luke Bartnicki and Hugh Chapman also came through with pivotal relief appearances. Bartnicki threw 0.2 shutout innings with just a walk issued while Chapman finished that inning with a strikeout.
Head Coach Danny Hall Postgame Interview