No. 26 Baseball Blasts Georgia State, 11-5
Yellow Jackets have recorded 13+ hits in three straight games
ATLANTA - The 26th-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets extended their in-state road winning streak to 11 games Wednesday night with an 11-5 win over cross-town rival Georgia State.
With the win, Georgia Tech (25-12) improved to 15-4 in its last 19 games against in-state rivals. Georgia Tech is 6-2 against in-state rivals this season.
The Yellow Jackets have now beaten Georgia State (16-20) seven straight times and are 63-10 all-time against the Panthers.
• Georgia Tech extended its in-state road winning streak to 11 games.
• Georgia Tech now leads the all-time series 63-10.
• Georgia Tech has won seven straight over Georgia State.
• Head Coach Danny Hall is now 40-6 all-time vs. Georgia State.
• Georgia Tech is 15-4 in its last 19 games against in-state rivals. Georgia Tech is 6-2 against in-state rivals this season.
• Georgia Tech is 22-1 when allowing five runs or fewer in a game. Offensively, the Jackets are 19-4 when scoring five or more runs in a game.
• Georgia Tech turned three double plays Wednesday night and has turned an NCAA-leading 57 this season.
• Wednesday marked the 31st different lineup for the Yellow Jackets in 37 games.
• Georgia Tech is 21-4 in games played in less than three hours.
“Tonight was definitely a good rebound for us. Jake Lee did a tremendous job, ended up going five innings with two walks. We walked two guys the entire night. That’s a big key for our whole pitching staff. We played good and after what happened last night, it was a good rebound win.” – Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall on the Jackets’ 25th win
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Georgia Tech opened the scoring in the 1st thanks to a Matt Gonzalez RBI double, followed by a Joey Bart RBI single.
• Georgia State cut Tech’s lead in half in the 1st on Jarrett Hood’s RBI double to right.
• Connor Justus’ solo home run in the 2nd put the Jackets back up two, 3-1.
• Joey Bart’s RBI groundout in the 3rd upped Tech’s lead to 4-1.
• After a Georgia State run in the 3rd, Georgia Tech answered with a 4-run 4th to take an 8-2 lead.
• A Wade Bailey sacrifice fly gave Georgia Tech a 9-2 lead in the 7th.
• Georgia State plated two runs in the bottom of the 7th on a sacrifice fly and a fielding error by Connor Justus.
• Tech made it an 11-4 lead in the 8th on Ryan Peurifoy’s 2-RBI single to left.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• Freshman RHP Jake Lee made his career-first start Wednesday night. Lee is the 10th different Tech pitcher to start this season (fifth freshman).
• Jake Lee went a career-high 5.0 innings, allowing two runs on four hits. It is Lee’s second win of the season.
• Junior Coleman Poje made his third starter for the Yellow Jackets and his first at 1st base.
• Connor Justus hit his 3rd home run of the season, matching his career total entering the season. All six of Justus’ career home runs have been solo shots.
• Matt Gonzalez moved into sole possession of 18th place on Georgia Tech’s career hit list with 259 base hits. Gonzalez is tied with UConn’s Bobby Melley for the NCAA career lead among active players.
• It was Gonzalez’s 15th multi-hit game of the season and 73rd of his career.
• Georgia Tech recorded 10+ hits for the 22nd time this season.
• It was the third straight game with 13 or more hits for the Jackets.
• Georgia Tech committed a season-high four errors.
• Connor Justus (76 games), Wade Bailey (59 games) and Kel Johnson (30 games) each extended their career-best consecutive starts streak on Wednesday night at Georgia State.
No. 26 Georgia Tech travels up I-85 to face No. 23 Clemson for a three-game ACC Series. Friday and Saturday games will begin at 6:30 p.m., while Sunday’s game is slated for a 1 p.m. start. All three games will be broadcast live on WREK 91.1 FM.