Feb. 20, 2016
THE FLATS – For the second straight day, Georgia Tech’s designated hitter came up big for the Yellow Jackets. Sophomore Kel Johnson went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI Saturday afternoon to help No. 21 Tech power past Western Michigan 13-0 at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Tech pitched its first shutout since March 15, 2015, at Duke (4-0) and its first home shutout since Feb. 27, 2015, vs. Indiana State (1-0).
Western Michigan – Grant Miller 3B, Nick Vogelmeier SS, Mitchell Ho C, Tanner Allison DH, H Prince 1B, Alex Goodwin LF, Jesse Forestell RF, Connor Smith 2B, Drew Farmer CF, Derek Schneider P
• Georgia Tech is now 3-0 all-time vs. Western Michigan. It was the first meeting since 1985.
• Tech improved to 155-48 all-time in the month of February under head coach Danny Hall.
• Tech has now won 13 straight nonconference home games (last nonconference home loss was Feb. 14, 2015, vs. Fordham).
• Team co-captain and redshirt junior LHP Jonathan King made his 30th career start for the Yellow Jackets.
• Freshman C Joey Bart and redshirt junior RF Coleman Poje made their career-first starts as Yellow Jackets. It was Poje’s first college game since May 10, 2014, when he played for Air Force.
• Georgia Tech is 853-251-1 all-time at Russ Chandler Stadium (since 1985).
HOW IT HAPPENED
• The Jackets hung a three-spot on the board in the first, thanks to Tristin English’s Baltimore chop RBI single, a WMU fielding error, and Trevor Craport RBI single.
• Georgia Tech broke the game open with a five-run fourth inning.
• Cameron Poje plated Connor Justus with an RBI sacrifice fly for a 4-0 lead.
• Matt Gonzalez drilled a two-RBI double to left center before Kel Johnson’s two-run home run to right for an 8-0 advantage.
• Johnson drove in his third run with an RBI single in the sixth.
• Tech’s final four runs came in the eighth. Wade Bailey scored on Gonzalez’s RBI single through the right side. Grant Wruble later followed with a pinch-hit two-RBI double for a 12-0 lead. Justus drove home the Jackets’ final run of the day with an RBI single that scored Wruble.
“I thought again we had a pretty well-played game. (Jonathan) King did a really good job battling out of trouble. The double play ball (in the fifth inning) was really good for him. I felt like we hit well up and down the lineup. It was a good day for us all the way around. And, all the guys that came in after King threw well, so it was a good day.” – Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall on the win
“I didn’t throw as many strikes as I would have liked, but the defense played really well behind me. They had two big-time double plays that got me out of a jam. It was good to get back out there and get comfortable on the mound.” – Georgia Tech winning pitcher Jonathan King
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• LHP Jonathan King pitched five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and three walks with two strikeouts. He earned his 13th career victory.
• Four freshmen pitchers – Bobby Gauvreau, Keyton Gibson, Robert Winborne and Jake Lee – combined to allow just three hits and four baserunners in four innings of relief.
• Georgia Tech’s 13 runs and 18 hits are the most by the Yellow Jackets since March 10, 2015, when it pounded out a season-high 22 runs and 21 hits vs. Georgia Southern.
• Every starter in Tech’s batting order registered at least one hit Saturday.
• Freshman Joey Bart recorded two hits in his Georgia Tech debut. Fellow freshman Brandt Stallings also registered a hit in his debut.
• It was Johnson’s 11th career home run and his seventh career homer with at least one runner on base.
• Poje recorded his first hit as a Yellow Jacket and his first since May 10, 2014, when he played at Air Force against San Jose State.
No. 21 Georgia Tech wraps up the Atlanta Challenge at 1 p.m. Sunday against VCU at Russ Chandler Stadium. Fans can listen to the game live on WREK HD-2 or watch live streaming video on www.ramblinwreck.com.