Tech Drops Series at Miami with Sunday Loss
Georgia Tech baseball returns home to host Oklahoma on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - No. 16 Georgia Tech led off the game with a home run, yet saw Miami score a total of seven runs over the first three innings on the way to a 17-7 win over the Jackets in the rubber game of the three-game conference series on Sunday afternoon at Mark Light Stadium.
The loss drops Tech to 10-4 overall and 1-2 in the ACC, while the Canes improved to 6-9 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
The Jackets picked up 12 hits for the second straight game, yet were hampered by 15 strikeouts on the day.
Redshirt-senior Coleman Poje was 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, an RBI and two runs scored, while Ryan Peurifoy went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Freshman Chase Murray went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, three RBIs and two runs scored.
In his first start of the season, sophomore hurler Jake Lee (0-1) was handed the loss as he gave up seven runs, on eight hits over 2.1 innings of work.
The Jackets used 10 total pitchers and struggled with control all day long, as the pitchers walked nine Cane hitters and hit four batters in the nine inning contest.
Miami's Michael Mediavilla (1-3) picked up the win, as he struck out a career-high 11 batters over 6.0 innings.
Junior second baseman Wade Bailey started things off with a bang on Sunday afternoon, as he hit his first home run of the season over the left center field wall to put the Jackets on top early at 1-0.
However, the Canes answered back with four straight singles in their first at bat in the bottom of the first and took advantage of two Tech errors to plate three runs and take a 3-1 lead after just one inning of play.
Miami added an RBI single in the second, a two-run home run by Edgar Michelangeli and a ground ball RBI in the third to pull out to a 7-1 lead after three complete.
Tech got two runs back in the fourth to chip away at the Miami lead, as the Jackets' picked up doubles from Poje, Murray and Peurifoy to cut the Canes' lead to four at 7-3.
The Jackets got a run in the sixth on a solo home run off the bat of Peurifoy, yet continued to struggle to close the gap as the Canes took a 9-4 lead into the seventh.
The Canes added four runs in the seventh to push the lead to double digits, before Murray hit a two-run home run to left in the top of the eighth to put the score at 13-6.
Tech surrendered four more runs in the bottom half of the eighth to put the final score at 17-6.
Poje hit a monster solo home run in the ninth, but to no avail as Miami held on for the 17-7 ACC win to take the series.
Tech (10-4, 1-2 ACC) steps out of ACC play to host Oklahoma (17-2) on Tuesday, Mar. 14, at 6 p.m. ET at Russ Chandler Stadium.
* Georgia Tech is now 1-3 on the season in Sunday afternoon games.
* Tech is now 7-2 on the season when scoring first in the contest.
* The Jackets used a season-high 10 pitchers in the game.
* The 17 runs allowed are the most this season by the Jackets.
* Wade Bailey extended his hitting streak to 14 straight games. He has hit safely in every game this season.
* Coleman Poje hit another double on Sunday to give him four doubles on the weekend.
* Coleman Poje recorded his second home run of the season on Sunday.
* Nick Wilhite made his pitching debut as a Jacket out of the bullpen.
* Parker McCoy picked up his first career hit as a Jacket in the eighth inning.