Jackets Win 4-1 Behind Gold's Commanding Performance
Brandon Gold pitched a career-high eight innings for first win
THE FLATS - Two nights after his game-winning performance, junior pitcher Brandon Gold struck out seven in eight scoreless innings Friday to lead No. 17 Georgia Tech to a 4-1 win over UMBC at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Gold (1-0) earned his first win of the season and has struck out 15 batters and allowed one unearned run in 13.0 innings. Georgia Tech improved to 5-0 on the season, extending its nonconference home winning streak to 15 games.
UMBC - Kevin Lachance SS, Nick Naumann LF, Hunter Dolshun C, Jamie Switalski DH, Anthony Gatto 1B, Andrew Casali CF, A.J. Wright 3B, Mitchell Carroll 2B, Tim Kelly RF, Conrad Wozniak P
Friday was the first meeting between the schools. Georgia Tech now leads the series, 1-0.
Georgia Tech has won 15 straight nonconference home games.
Georgia Tech is 5-0 to start the season for the first time since 2013.
Georgia Tech is now 855-251-1 all-time at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Tech turned two double plays, increasing its season total to nine. The Jackets have turned 258 double plays since 2012 - the second-most in the nation during that span.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Jackets pushed across two runs in the second to take a 2-0 lead. Tristin English opened the inning with a single through the right side and later advanced to second on a fielder's choice. Arden Pabst moved runners to second and third on a ground out to second. Keenan Innis drew a two-out walk for Wade Bailey, who knocked in two runs with a single.
Tech added one in the fourth when Matt Gonzalez drew a bases loaded walk to plate Pabst for a 3-0 advantage.
Kel Johnson drove home another insurance run for the Jackets in the seventh with an RBI double to right-center to score Gonzalez.
With Robert Winborne on in relief of Brandon Gold, the Retrievers scored their only run of the game - an unearned run on an errant throw to first by Wade Bailey. The error allowed Jamie Switalski to score from second.
"Brandon threw the ball really well, threw a lot of strikes. He had command of everything. We needed it. We didn't hit much. The story of the game was Brandon." - Georgia Tech head coach on winning pitcher Brandon Gold's performance
"I've had some experience doing it the last couple of years. It keeps it interesting. I love not knowing where I'm planning until I come to the ballpark. It's exciting." - Georgia Tech 3B Matt Gonzalez on going back-and-forth between third base and outfield
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Sophomore 2B Wade Bailey went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI, driving in the game's first two runs in the second.
Senior 3B Matt Gonzalez continues to hit the ball well, going 2-for-3 with one RBI. He also recorded his first stolen base of the season.
Sophomore DH Kel Johnson broke an 0-for-11 slump with an RBI double to right-center in the seventh inning.
Freshman 1B Tristin English tied a career best with two hits.
Junior RHP Brandon Gold threw a career-high 8.0 innings, scattering eight hits with seven strikeouts. He threw 99 pitches and faced 29 UMBC batters.
Freshman RHP Robert Winborne made his second career appearance. He allowed one unearned run on one hit with one walk in the ninth inning.
Junior SS Connor Justus turned his 100th career double play.
No. 17 Georgia Tech continues its series with UMBC on Saturday at Russ Chandler Stadium. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. Fans can listen live on WREK 91.1 FM.