The Yellow Jackets are 7-3 in their last 10 games versus the Tar Heels
Daniel Palka finished 3-for-4 with two homers, three runs and four RBI
Georgia Tech is 20-7 at Russ Chandler Stadium this season
Friday's doubleheader begins at 2:30 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets lost their first game this season when leading in the ninth inning
Georgia Tech at Ohio State (Photos by Jim Morris, JM Photography)
Georgia Tech Throttles No. 19 Virginia, 17-5, in the ACC Tournament on Friday.
MLB Draft History
*Drafted in the 32nd Round by Cleveland in 2012 but elected to enroll at Tech.
A tall, polished righty... Made an immediate impact as a rookie with 13 starts... Will compete again for a weekend starting job in 2013.
Appeared in 19 games and his 13 starts were second-most on the team, as were his 78.0 innings... Finished the year with a 4.50 ERA and was 6-4 with one save... Was lights-out in his first collegiate action, firing 4.0 innings and getting the win in relief against Winthrop, 5-3 (2/18)... Fanned five and allowed just one run and three hits... Made his first career start versus Kennesaw State on 2/29 and recorded his second win with four scoreless innings, three hits, one walk and five strikeouts... Made his second career start at Georgia State (3/7) and took the loss after allowing five hits and two runs with five strikeouts in four innings... Struck out a career high six batters in a 3.1-inning relief appearance vs. Virginia Tech (3/17)... Posted his first career save and matched his career-long of four innings (four hits, no runs, no walks, one strikeout) at Boston College to preserve a 2-1 lead... Made his third career start versus Georgia Southern (3/28) and picked up the win by allowing three earned runs and five hits in a career-long 6.0 innings... Recorded a career-high eight strikeouts in the GSU win... Made his first career ACC start versus No. 2 Florida State on 4/8 and was tagged the loss... Gave Tech a gutsy effort in the series finale at No. 6 North Carolina, throwing five innings and limiting the Heels to just two runs -- the Jackets rallied late and clinched the series with a 4-2 win... Limited Charlotte to seven singles and one run in six innings, and turned a 2-1 lead over to bullpen in the seventh inning (Tech won 6-5 in 11 innings)... The start versus Charlotte matched his then-career long... Tossed 3.2 innings at No. 22 Virginia, allowing six hits and three runs in a no decision... On the final day of the regular season vs. No. 21 Miami, with Tech looking for the last spot in the ACC Tournament, the rookie turned in the best start of his career... He tossed a career-long seven innings of two-hit ball and allowed just one run, one walk with five strikeouts as the Jackets beat the Hurricanes, 2-1... Picked up his second consecutive win over a Top-25 team, tossing five innings with four runs allowed (two earned) in a 17-5 rout of No. 19 Virginia at the 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 for the 8-4 victory.
Four-year letterwinner under head coach Tony Kirkland at Colquitt County ... Played first base and hit 11 home runs as a senior and showcased a 1.82 ERA on the mound ... Owns the home run record at Colquitt County ... Named the Region 1-AAAAA Player of the Year in 2011 ... Also played two seasons of basketball and one year of football ... Participated in the Sunbelt Classic in Oklahoma and was named the 2010 MVP ... Played the summer of 2011 for the Middle Georgia Titans.
Full name is Cole Garron Pitts ... Born September 3, 1992 in Thomasville, Ga. ... Son of Craig and Deborah Pitts ... Has an older brother, Chance ... Majoring in business administration ... Considering a future as a teacher and coach ... Chose Tech because of its educational opportunities, baseball program, and campus.