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Schmolke’s Gem Lifts Tech Past No. 13 Eagles

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – True freshman RHP Luke Schmolke turned in a career-outing in just his third ACC start of his young career to power Georgia Tech baseball to a 5-4 win over No. 13/14 Boston College on Friday afternoon at the Harrington Athletics Village.

Schmolke improved to 4-0 on the season, pitching 5.0 innings of two-hit, four strikeout baseball, only having one run cross against him in the sixth. RHP Ben King then relieved him, getting a key double play that scored a run but squashed the Eagles’ (18-6, 6-4) momentum, before finishing with two innings on the day.

True freshman RHP Demitri Diamant came in in a touch spot as well in the eighth to record back-to-back strikeouts to strand a runner at third and hold Tech’s slim one-run lead.

Georgia Tech then turned to closer RHP Terry Busse, who recorded his nation’s co-leading seventh save of the season with 1.0 innings of one-hit (an infield single) ball.

At the plate, Tech jumped out to a 5-0 lead by scoring three in the opening frame and two in the third inning. Drew Compton led the way with a terrific 2-for-4, four RBI game, knocking in two runs per hit with both of them at two outs in the innings.

Kristian Campbell also turned in another two-hit game, also drawing two walks, while Jackson Finley drove in a run on an RBI double.

The 13th-ranked Eagles were led by Barry Walsh, who went 2-for-5 with an RBI. RHP Henry Leake (3-2) received the loss, surrendering five runs on five hits in 4.0 innings of work.

Georgia Tech will look to take the series on Saturday, April 1 when the Yellow Jackets take on Boston College in Game 2. First pitch has been moved up to 3 p.m. to try to avoid the rain in the forecast.

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