No. 9 Jackets Claim Series Over Wake Forest in Extra Innings
April 17, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Junior Jake Davies' sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th inning, and gave No. 9 Georgia Tech (27-10, 14-4 ACC) a 6-5 extra-inning win over Wake Forest (14-24, 6-12 ACC) Sunday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. The Yellow Jackets took two of three to win the series.
Freshman Kyle Wren started the inning with a double down the right field line, his second extra-base hit of the game. He was moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt by junior Jacob Esch, before racing home on Davies' fly ball to centerfield.
Davies' drive to the outfield gave Tech all the run support it needed, as sophomore Luke Bard (2-2) struck out Wake Forest outfielder Steven Brooks to strand a runner at second base and end the game in the bottom half of the 12th inning. Bard won for the second time this season, scattering two runs on three hits over five innings of relief for starter Buck Farmer.
Wake Forest reliever Michael Dimock (3-1) was credited with the loss and fell for the first time this season. It was the only run allowed by Dimock in the game in his five innings of relief.
Freshman Mott Hyde was 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI to lead the Jackets at the plate.
His three-run homer to the opposite side of the field off of Wake Forest starter Austin Stadler gave the Jackets an early lead in the second inning. Tech led three times in the game, but the Demon Deacons answered the bell twice.
Stadler's start was short lived as he was replaced with one out in the third inning. He was the first of six pitchers used by the Demon Deacons on the day.
Wake Forest's Carlos Lopez would put the Demon Deacons on the board with a solo home run to left field in the second. The Demon Deacons clawed back for a sac fly RBI in the fourth inning, and a RBI single to center in the sixth by Charlie Morgan to tie the game at 3-3.
Junior Evan Martin led off the seventh inning, and sent the first pitch he saw from Wake Forest reliever Justin Van Grouw over the wall in left field.
The Jackets added another run an inning later on a two-out single to center field by Mott Hyde to extend the lead to 5-3.
Lopez would bring the home side back for the second time in the game, with his second home run of the contest. The third baseman hit a two-out, two-run homer to right field off of Bard in the eighth inning to tie the game at 5-5.
The Jackets return to action on Tuesday with a midweek game at Mercer in Macon, Ga. First pitch is at 6 p.m.