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Rally Falls Short as No. 10 Duke Evens Series

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DURHAM, N.C. – Georgia Tech baseball scored four runs in the top of the ninth in a furious rally attempt, but ultimately fell 6-5 to No. 10 Duke on Saturday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The Yellow Jackets (29-21, 11-15 ACC) were cold offensively for much of the game, only scratching across a run in the third on an RBI single by Angelo Dispigna, but held tough to turn in four runs on two hits late off Duke’s closer. The 10th-ranked Blue Devils (34-15, 15-10 ACC), conversely, were able to hit two home runs on the day, scoring a pair of runs in the first and second, as well as one in the fourth and eighth and two in the sixth.

Despite the loss, RHP Aeden Finateri (2-3) went a career-long 6.0 innings and allowed just seven hits, but had five runs (four earned) cross against him. RHP Dawson Brown then entered and went the final 2.0 innings, allowing a run in the eighth.

In addition to Dispigna at the plate, Tech was led by Drew Compton, who had a single early in the game and a three-run moonshot home run in the ninth inning. John Giesler also had two hits on the day, while Kristian Campbell, Jake DeLeo, Stephen Reid and Tyler Minnick all finished with a hit a piece. Reid started the ninth-inning rally by launching an RBI double, scoring Campbell from first.

Duke was led by Giovanni DiGiacomo, who finished 2-for-4 with a three-RBI home run. RHP Charlie Beilenson (4-2) got the win in relief, tossing 2.2 innings of one-hit work after starter LHP Andrew Healy left the game with an injury in the fourth inning.

Georgia Tech will now face off against Duke in a rubber game on Sunday, May 14. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra.

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