The Yellow Jackets wrap up the regular season at Miami this weekend
Tech scored 10 of the game's final 11 runs after trailing 8-0 in second inning
A.J. Murray hit his 10th homer of the season and drove in two
The series finale is Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets led 5-0 after the first and cruised to the win
Jackets Beat Irish, 11-7 (Photos by Ken Langley)
2014 Baseball Team Photos
Photos by Mike Strasinger
Photos by Mike Strasinger
2016 (Senior): Made 17 appearances with 14 starts, posting 3-4 record with 6.56 ERA … Finished third on team with 54 strikeouts … Made season debut Feb. 24 at Georgia Southern, allowing one run on four hits in 2.0 innings … Did not factor into decision March 1 vs. Georgia State, allowing three runs on five hits with season-high seven strikeouts in 4.0 innings … Recorded first win since 2014 with one-run, three-hit outing in 5.0 innings in road win at Auburn on March 8 … Tagged with loss week later at home against Auburn on March 15 … Second win came March 30 against Georgia Southern … Limited Eagles to one run on four hits with six strikeouts in 5.0 innings … Followed with third win April 5 at Mercer, going season-high 6.0 innings … Held Bears to five runs on four hits with four strikeouts … Struck out five batters in 4.0 innings vs. NC State on April 17 … Struck out six more against Coastal Carolina on April 30 … Final regular-season start came against Miami on May 8, suffering loss after giving up six runs on seven hits in 2.0 innings … Made two postseason starts – May 27 vs. NC State and June 5 at Florida.
2015 (Redshirt Junior): Returned to Yellow Jackets' bullpen in late February and was back in rotation by March, less than year removed from Tommy John Surgery that forced him to miss much of 2014 ... Earned medical hardship waiver … Made 15 appearances, including 11 starts ... Made season debut on Feb. 22 versus Albany, working spotless 1-2-3 inning of relief including two punch outs ... Made first start on Feb. 28 vs. Indiana State and worked three innings on predetermined pitch count ... Allowed one hit, one run and two walks with three strikeouts and did not factor in decision in 15-2 win ... Pitched 4.1 innings of start on March 7 versus Notre Dame, allowing just three hits and two runs (one earned) with two strikeouts but did not factor in decision ... Pitched five strong innings vs. No. 18 North Carolina in second game of doubleheader on March 21 – series rubber match – and allowed two runs (one earned) but got no support from offense and absorbed 5-1 loss ... Pitched 4.1 innings at Virginia Tech on April 4 with season-high five strikeouts but did not factor as Hokies won on walk-off in ninth ... Worked four innings vs. No. 15 Virginia on April 11, allowing one run on six hits but earned no-decision in Jackets’ 11-4 victory to even series ... Made first midweek start of year against Georgia at Turner Field on May 12 ... Went season-long 6.0 innings vs. Bulldogs, allowing four runs on seven hits while punching out three but was hung loss in 6-0 shutout.
2014 (Junior): Suffered injury in start vs. Wake Forest in Tech's ACC opening weekend on March 8 and did not pitch for remainder of season … Was 1-0 with 3.18 ERA in just four starts in injury-shortened season ... Went 5.0 innings vs. Radford in season debut and allowed one run with no walks and three strikeouts, but did not factor in decision during Jackets' 3-1 loss ... Gave Jackets another strong start on Feb. 22 vs. UNC Greensboro, working 5.0 shutout innings and yielding just three hits with six strikeouts and one walk but did not factor in decision in Tech's 7-0 victory ... UNCG performance marked second career combined shutout (Rutgers, March 3, 2013) ... Bounced back from two-run first inning to keep Bowling Green scoreless over next four innings of work and picked up first win of season on March 1 ... Lasted only 2.0 innings versus Wake Forest on March 8 after issuing five walks and three runs and did not factor in decision in Tech's 12-8 loss.
2013 (Sophomore): Appeared in 19 games as sophomore and made 13 starts ... Finished with 5-3 record and 4.71 ERA in 65 innings of work ... Opponents hit just .246 off tall righty ... Worked six innings and fanned seven against one walk in helping Tech complete sweep of Akron on opening weekend ... Seven Ks and six innings were each one shy of respective career highs ... Gave Jackets another Sunday gem in 10-1 win over St. John's on Feb. 24 by going six innings with four hits, one run and four strikeouts ... Put Jackets in position for another sweep versus Boston College on March 17, firing 6.2 innings and allowing just three singles and unearned run ... BC win marked sixth over last eight starts, dating back to 2012 ... Allowed four runs (three earned) in 5.1 innings on March 24 at No. 5 Florida State and turned 6-1 lead over to bullpen, but Jackets couldn't protect lead in 8-6 loss ... After short outing versus Wake Forest, made midweek start versus Kennesaw State (working on pitch count) and went three innings allowing four hits and one run with three strikeouts but did not factor in decision in Tech's 9-1 win ... Came up big for Jackets on April 13 versus No. 5 Virginia in rubber game of crucial weekend series ... Allowed just two runs on two hits in 5.1 innings versus Cavaliers with six strikeouts as Tech won 3-2 (in rain-shorted six-inning game) ... Virginia win was first of year over Top-25 opponent ... Pitched out of bullpen over final six appearances ... Pitched 2.1 innings of relief with one hit and one unearned run versus No. 5 Virginia in ACC Tournament on May 23... Made a pair of scoreless relief appearances in NCAA Nashville Regional, throwing 1.2 innings with three strikeouts versus Illinois (May 31) and 1.1 two-hit innings against No. 2 Vanderbilt (June 3).
2012 (True Freshman): Appeared in 19 games and 13 starts were second-most on team, as were his 78.0 innings ... Finished year with 4.50 ERA and was 6-4 with one save ... Was lights-out in first collegiate action, firing 4.0 innings and getting win in relief against Winthrop, 5-3 (Feb. 18) ... Fanned five and allowed just one run and three hits ... Made first career start versus Kennesaw State on Feb. 29 and recorded second win with four scoreless innings, three hits, one walk and five strikeouts ... Made second career start at Georgia State (March 7) and took after allowing five hits and two runs with five strikeouts in four innings ... Struck out career-high six batters in 3.1-inning relief appearance vs. Virginia Tech (March 17) ... Posted first career save and matched career-long of four innings (four hits, no runs, no walks, one strikeout) at Boston College to preserve 2-1 lead ... Made third career start versus Georgia Southern (March 28) and picked up win by allowing three earned runs and five hits in career-long 6.0 innings ... Recorded career-high eight strikeouts in GSU win ... Made first career ACC start versus No. 2 Florida State on April 8 and was tagged with loss ... Gave Tech gutsy effort in series finale at No. 6 North Carolina, throwing five innings and limiting Heels to just two runs -- Jackets rallied late and clinched series with 4-2 win ... Limited Charlotte to seven singles and one run in six innings, and turned 2-1 lead over to bullpen in seventh inning (Tech won 6-5 in 11 innings) ... Start versus Charlotte matched then-career long ... Tossed 3.2 innings at No. 22 Virginia, allowing six hits and three runs in no-decision ... On final day of regular season vs. No. 21 Miami, with Tech looking for last spot in ACC Tournament, rookie turned in best start of career ... Tossed career-long seven innings of two-hit ball and allowed just one run, one walk with five strikeouts as Jackets beat Hurricanes, 2-1 ... Picked up second consecutive win over Top-25 team, tossing five innings with four runs allowed (two earned) in 17-5 rout of No. 19 Virginia at ACC Championship ... Started Tech's NCAA Gainesville Regional opener versus College of Charleston and allowed three earned runs in 3.2 innings as Tech went on to 8-4 victory.
High School: Four-year letterwinner under head coach Tony Kirkland at Colquitt County ... Played first base and hit 11 home runs as senior and showcased 1.82 ERA on mound ... Owns home run record at Colquitt County ... Named Region 1-AAAAA Player of the Year in 2011 ... Also played two seasons of basketball and one year of football ... Participated in Sunbelt Classic in Oklahoma and was named 2010 MVP ... Played summer of 2011 for Middle Georgia Titans.
Personal: Full name is Cole Garron Pitts ... Born September 3, 1992 in Thomasville, Ga. ... Son of Craig and Deborah Pitts ... Has older brother, Chance ... Considering future as teacher and coach ... Earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgia Tech in May 2016.