THE FLATS – Facing a one-run deficit in the ninth, freshman Tres Gonzalez legged out a fielder’s choice RBI to tie the game before Michael Guldberg knocked in the winning run as No. 19 Georgia Tech defeated Georgia Southern 4-3 on a foggy Tuesday night at J.I. Clements Stadium.
A close game throughout, freshman LHP Dalton Smith came in with a 2-1 deficit and pitched a tremendous 3.1 innings without an earned run, striking out four and surrendering just three hits – his only walk coming on an intentional call.
The ninth got going for the Yellow Jackets (3-1) when Jackson Webb drew a four-pitch walk before Austin Wilhite skied a ball into the fog that dropped for a single in right field, moving Webb to second. After already doubling in his pinch-hit seventh inning appearance, Gonzalez tied the game by cancelling out a would-be double play for the tying RBI. Guldberg then sliced a single into center field for the go-ahead score.
The game then fell to junior LHP Sam Crawford (1-0) who dealt on the mound to close, pitching 1.1 no-hit innings, punching out three total batters, including the final out of the game, for his first career win.
Overall, Guldberg and freshman Jake Holland led the way with two hits apiece as Guldberg had two RBI. Freshman Stephen Reid came in and cut the deficit to one run in the sixth with a single down the right-field line, while Baron Radcliff also chipped in a double.
The Eagles (3-1) were led by Noah Searcy’s two hits offensively, while RHP Hayden Harris (0-1) received the loss, allowing two runs on two hits in 1.2 innings.
The Yellow Jackets return home for four-straight games, beginning with Ohio State on Feb. 21-23. First pitch for Friday is scheduled for 4 p.m. and is broadcast live on ACC Network Extra and WREK 91.1 FM.
- Georgia Tech extends its winning streak against Georgia Southern to 11-straight games, dating back to 2014.
- Tech improved to 11-5 in one-run games over the last two years.
- Gonzalez recorded his first collegiate hit when he doubled in the seventh inning on a pinch-hitting appearance. He then went into play center field for the first time.
- In his first start of his career, sophomore LHP Luke Bartnicki got the no decision after allowing just one earned run on three hits in 4.0 IP, striking out three overall.
Head coach Danny Hall Postgame Interview
Junior LHP Sam Crawford Postgame Interview
🔊 The Jackets battled back and Sam Crawford slammed the door. His reaction postgame: pic.twitter.com/ub7kFlD642
— Georgia Tech Baseball (@GTBaseball) February 19, 2020