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THE FLATS -- The Yellow Jacket pitching quartet of Connor Thomas, Tristin English, Micah Carpenter and Oscar Serratos combined to strike out 11 batters and walk none on only 93 pitches as Georgia Tech shut out Arkansas-Pine Bluff 8-0 on Tuesday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The win is the fifth-straight for the Jackets who improve to 6-2 overall with their second shutout win on the year. The loss drops the Golden Lions to 2-2 on the year.
In only his third career start, Thomas (2-0) gave up just one hit and struck out six hitters, matching his career high, over 5.0 innings to earn the win.
Out of the bullpen, English (2.0 IP, 1 hit, 4 Ks), Carpenter (1.0 IP), and Serratos (1.0 IP, 1 hit, K) allowed just two base runners over the final four innings of the contest in the shutout win.
Offensively, Kyle McCann (3-for-4, HR, 3B, BB, 2 RBIs, 2 runs) hit his fourth home run of the season and legged out his first career triple in the win, while fellow sophomore Austin Wilhite (3-for-4, 3B, RBI, run) also recorded a triple at the plate in the win.
English (2-for-4, RBI, 2 runs), Luke Waddell (2-for-3, 2B, BB, run) and Wade Bailey (2-for-3, 2 BB, run) all had two hits apiece, while freshmen Baron Radcliff (1-for-2, 2B, RBI) and Cameron Turley (1-for-1, RBI) each had a pinch-hit RBI off the bench for the Jackets.
For UAPB, three players in Nick Kreutzer (1-for-1), Ryan Mallison (1-for-2) and Jacob Columbo (1-for-4, 2B) picked up the lone hits of the day for the visitors, as Columbo was the lone Golden Lion to reach second base with a double in the first inning.
Tech swarmed to an early 2-0 lead on a pair of RBI singles by English and Austin Wilhite in the bottom of the first and then doubled its lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth on a UAPB fielding error and a Chase Murray RBI single.
While the pitching and defense was cruising, the Jackets plated three runs in the seventh on a two-run home run by McCann and an RBI double by Radcliff to extend its lead out to 7-0 after seven complete innings.
Turley added a pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the eighth, driving in McCann following his triple down the right field line, to put the White and Gold on top by a final score of 8-0.
The win pushes head coach Danny Hall's career wins total to 1,202 overall and puts him at 994 career wins at Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets (6-2) wraps up its seven-game homestand this weekend with three games versus Illinois-Chicago at Russ Chandler Stadium. Game one is set for 4 p.m. on Friday.