The rubber game of the series is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets led 1-0 in the sixth, then rallied in the ninth
Daniel Palka finished 3-for-4 with two homers, three runs and four RBI
Michael Hodorowski was 2-for-4 with an RBI
The Tigers swept both games of Friday's doubleheader
Georgia Tech at Ohio State (Photos by Jim Morris, JM Photography)
Honors & Awards
*2012 College Baseball Insider Honorable Mention All-America Team
Emerged as one of the most effective late-game pitchers in the ACC in 2012... Very efficient and works quickly on the mound... A solid two-way player... Has the ability to play a variety of positions, including catcher.
Named to College Baseball Insider Honorable Mention All-America Team... Led the team and was ninth in the ACC with 30 appearances on the mound... Made one start... Finished with an 8-3 record and two saves... Pitched to a 1.83 ERA, which ranked as the second-lowest ERA in the ACC and 10th in the NCAA... Opponents hit just .179 off him, which was also ranked second in the ACC... Allowed just 5.62 hits per nine innings (ranked fifth in the NCAA)... His WHIP of 0.94 ranked 12th in the nation... His eight wins were tied for third-most in the conference... Made his collegiate pitching debut with one scoreless inning vs. Kent State (2/17)... Struck out a career-high four batters in two innings of work in a win over Rutgers (3/2)... Went 2.0 hitless shutout innings to close out a win at NC State (3/9) with one walk and two strikeouts... Matched his career high of four strikeouts in two innings of work to close out a 12-3 victory over Virginia Tech (3/16), allowing Coach Danny Hall to win his 1,000th game... Doubled his previous career-long with a 4.2-inning appearance (no runs, no hits) against Duke (3/31) and finished off a two-hit shutout for his first career win and matched career high of four strikeouts... Worked five innings of one-hit ball at Wake Forest (4/14) with an unearned run and three strikeouts to pick up his second ACC win (third overall)... Fired two-hit ball over the final four shutout innings to get the win at No. 6 North Carolina (4/21) and help Tech clinch the key series... Worked the final three innings vs. Georgia at Turner Field (A24) and registered his fifth win by allowing three hits, one run, no walks, with three strikeouts... Pitched 3.2 hitless, shutout innings vs. Clemson after relieving Buck Farmer with one out in ninth (Tech eventually won on a 13th-inning walk-off homer from Daniel Palka)... Recorded his sixth win vs. Charlotte (5/6), tossing 4.1 relief innings with two hits, two runs, no walks and two strikeouts... Fired 5.2 innings of three-hit, one-run relief at No. 22 Virginia (5/13) to earn the win... Recorded a pair of three-inning saves at the ACC Championship -- the first two saves of his career -- closing out the 5-4 win over No. 1 Florida State, and going three scoreless frames with two strikeouts to seal the 5-1 win over Clemson... His first career start was a pressure-packed elimination game in the NCAA Gainesville Regional versus College of Charleston, and he delivered with a dominating six-inning shutout in Tech's 3-0 win... It was a career-long outing for Cruz who allowed just two hits with three strikeouts as the Jackets advanced to the Regional title game versus Florida... Played error-free defensively on the season (28 chances) and was 1-for-11 at the plate with an RBI.
Saw limited action in his rookie campaign... Played in 12 games and made four starts... Went 2-for-3 in his collegiate debut versus Kent State on Feb. 19... Had a hit and drove in a run in a March 19th win over NC State.
Four-year letterwinner and one-year captain at Blessed Trinity for head coach Andy Harlin... Named to Under Armour All-America team in 2010... Named to the GHSA All-State team in 2010... Posted a .520 batting average with 11 home runs, 24 doubles and 52 RBIs... Four-time Fulton County Player of the Week... Played for East Cobb Braves program over the summer.
Full name is Alexander Otoniel Cruz... Born July 29, 1992 in Hollywood, Fla.... Son of Rafael and Lucrecia Cruz... Has four older siblings, Raphy, Linette, Christian and Luis... Also enjoys playing basketball and swimming... Majoring in management.