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It was a rough weekend for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as they dropped the ACC opening series against the Miami Hurricanes losing two out of three. What came in as one of the hottest lineups in the nation in Georgia Tech, stumbled a bit as the series went on. The big bats in the middle of the line-up led by Johnny Bench award watch list nominee Joey Bart, first-baseman Kel Johnson and right-fielder Coleman Poje all went cold.
Friday night started out slowly for the Georgia Tech line-up as they were quickly down 0-2 against a coming-in struggling line-up with Carl Chester hitting above .300 at the time. That didn’t stop the Hurricanes from playing small ball and successfully executing four bunts in the bottom half of the second to help push the lead 4-0. The Yellow Jackets battled back with an impressive top of the 5th inning scoring five runs led by Poje’s 2 RBI Double. Miami answered in the bottom half of the 5th. Gonzalez hit a hard RBI triple to the wall and then Burns added an RBI of his own but was caught at 2nd over-running the bag to end the inning. Miami took the opening game 10-8 Final.
On Saturday Night it was a different story as the starting pitching for both teams did a phenomenal job in keeping a hold on two offenses that score in different yet effective ways. The Yellow Jackets separated themselves on the score board by putting up four in the 7th to take a one run lead. Joey Bart went 3-5 in the game. Miami countered with their veteran led lineup scoring one in the 8th to tie the score. In the 11th Georgia Tech capitalized on an error charge to Miami first baseman Greg Veliz score two runs to win the game.
Sunday’s rubber-match turned out to be fireworks day for the Miami bats as they pounded Georgia Tech pitching with a final score of 17-7. Miami led the charge from the beginning despite a lead-off HR by Georgia Tech’s Wade Baily. It was all Canes from there. James Davison led the explosive day with five runs on three hits, a walk including getting hit by a pitch. History was made when Georgia Tech used 10 pitchers to the in the entire game. It was a long day to and from the mound for Yellow Jackets’ coach Danny Hall. Not the most optimal of situations for the Yellow Jackets, but definitely an opportunity for growth and experience in ACC play.
Next Games for Georgia Tech: 3/14 Home vs Oklahoma, 3/17- 3/19 Home vs North Carolina
Next Games for Miami: 3/14- 3/15 Home vs Maine, 3/17- 3/19 Away vs NC State