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Tech Falls to Top-Seeded UNC 9-0

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North Carolina (38-18)20500000X9111
2B Wade Bailey 301010
LF Chase Murray300002
C Joey Bart 401002
1B Kyle McCann 301011
P/DH Tristin English 400022
RF Colin Hall 401020
3B Oscar Serratos400022
SS Austin Wilhite 10002
PH/SS Luke Waddell 20010
CF Nick Wilhite200011
PH/RF Baron Radcliff 20001
3B Kyle Datres 522001
1B Michael Busch 433110
SS Ike Freeman400201
RF/CF Brandon Riley411101
C Brandon Martorano 412301
LF Ashton McGee310011
2B Zack Gahagan412200
DH Kip Brandenburg100000
PH/DH Jackson Hesterlee201000
CF Dylan Enwiller300002
PH Clemente Inclan 100000
Tristin English5.030005
Connor Thomas 3.077612
Andy Archer0.012210
Gianluca Dalatri 5.020018
Austin Bergner2.120024
Joey Lancellotti0.200001
Rodney Hutchison1.000001

DURHAM, N.C. – Georgia Tech baseball had its time at the 2018 ACC Baseball Championship come to an end on Friday afternoon, as the Jackets fell to the top-seeded and nationally ranked North Carolina Tar Heels 9-0 in Durham, N.C.

Tech again struggled at the plate, as the Jackets managed just four base hits for the game. Senior second baseman Wade Bailey (1-for-3, BB) picked up his 290th career base hit, while junior catcher Joey Bart (1-for-4), freshman outfielder Colin Hall (1-for-4) and sophomore first baseman Kyle McCann (1-for-3, BB) each had a single in the loss.

For the top-seeded Tar Heels at the plate, Brandon Martorano (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBIs, run) and Zach Gahagan (2-for-3, HR, 2 RBIs, run) each had a home run, while Michael Busch (2-for-3, 2 2B, RBI, 3 runs) scored a game-high three runs in the win.

First-Team all-ACC selection Connor Thomas (7-4) was handed the loss, as the Yellow Jacket sophomore was roughed up for seven runs, six of which were earned, on seven hits, a walk and two strikeouts over 3.0-complete innings.

In just his fourth start of the season, the Tar Heels’ Gianluca Dalatri (1-2), who is returning from an injury, earned the win allowing just two hits, one walk and eight strikeouts over 5.0-scoreless innings.

Right-handed pitcher Tristin English was solid out of the bullpen for the Jackets, as he entered the game in the fourth and gave up just three hits and struck out five over 5.0-scorless innings of relief work.

The Tar Heels jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first on back-to-back doubles and a sacrifice fly to take a 2-0 lead after just one inning of play.

After the Jackets went down in order in the second and stranded one in the third, the Tar Heels used a three-run home run from Martorano and a two-run shot by Gahagan in the bottom of the third to plate five runs and take a 7-0 lead into the fourth.

The Jackets put two on in the top of the fourth on a wild pitch on a third strike and a single up the middle, only to see Tech fail to score in the inning, while the Tar Heels added to its lead in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI groundout and a run-scoring single to center field to push its lead out to 9-0 with five innings to play.

The White and Gold stranded one runner on base in both the sixth and the seventh, and two runners in scoring positon in the eighth, yet failed to get the hit to spoil the shutout by the Tar Heels.

The Jackets left nine runners on base and were 0-for-3 (.000) with runners in scoring position for the game, while the Tar Heels stranded just five base runners and hit .300 (3-for-10) with runners in scoring position in the win.

Georgia Tech (31-27, 14-16 ACC) finished the season with 31 wins, a six-game improvement from last season, and one of just seven teams to post 30 wins or more from the ACC on the year.

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