No. 26 Baseball Pounces Early, Mauls No. 23 Clemson 16-1
Georgia Tech ties season high with 16 runs, sets season high with 21 hits
CLEMSON, S.C. – Hours after belting out 14 hits in an extra-inning loss, the 26th-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets pounded a season-high 21 hits Saturday night en route to a 16-1 rout over No. 23 Clemson.
Georgia Tech (26-13, 9-10 ACC) hit a season-high four home runs. Freshman Tristin English went 2-for-3 with four RBI, including two home runs. Sophomore Trevor Craport tied a career-high with four hits, while hitting a home run with three RBI.
Saturday’s 16-1 win was Clemson’s (26-13, 9-11 ACC) worst home ACC loss since 2007.
• Saturday was the 219th series meeting between Georgia Tech and Clemson. Clemson leads the all-time series 109-107-3.
• Georgia Tech is 23-48-1 all-time at Clemson.
• Georgia Tech is 9-6 away from Russ Chandler Stadium this season.
• Georgia Tech improved to 9-10 in ACC play.
• Georgia Tech is 18-6 when scoring 6+ runs in a game this season, including a 9-1 mark when scoring 10+ runs (4-1 in ACC).
• Georgia Tech is 12-1 when scoring in the 1st inning this season.
• Georgia Tech improved to 23-2 when leading after 6 innings, 23-0 when leading after 7 innings, and 24-0 when leading after 8 innings.
• Georgia Tech is 5-9 in games played in more than three hours.
• Saturday marked the 33rd different lineup for the Yellow Jackets in 39 games.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Georgia Tech opened the game with a 4-run 1st inning. With two on and one out, Kel Johnson ripped an RBI single through the left side. On the next pitch, Tristin English cleared the bases with a 3-run home run to centerfield for a 4-0 Tech lead.
• Clemson got a run back in the bottom half of the 1st inning, cutting Tech’s lead to 4-1. With a full count, Chase Pinder hit a lead-off home run to right-center.
• Tech added two runs in the 2nd to extend its lead to 6-1. With two on and nobody out, Wade Bailey plated Ryan Peurifoy with an RBI ground out. Two batters later, Johnson notched his second RBI single of the night for a 6-1 lead.
• Tech’s hitting clinic continued into the 4th inning. The Yellow Jackets plated five runs in the frame, including a 2-RBI single up the middle by Trevor Craport and RBI singles by Ryan Peurifoy and Connor Justus.
• English and Craport added mammoth solo home runs in the 5th for a 13-1 Tech lead.
• The Yellow Jackets added three more runs in the 8th.
“We were quick out the gate, and hit them for six runs early and swinging the bats really well. It was a good way to bounce back after a tough loss. That was a tough way to lose (the first) game after leading last night. I thought Ben Parr was outstanding. We pitched a lot of strikes and then we swung the bats really well up and down the lineup.” – Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall on the Yellow Jackets’ 21-hit performance
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• Georgia Tech recorded 10+ hits for the 24th time this season, and for the fifth straight game.
• Georgia Tech sprayed a season-high 21 hits, the most by the Yellow Jackets since March 10, 2015, vs. Georgia Southern (21 hits).
• Georgia Tech scored a season-high 16 runs for the third time this season.
• Connor Justus and Ryan Peurifoy each recorded a season-high 3 hits.
• Tristin English became the first Yellow Jacket with two home runs in a game since Kel Johnson did it May 3, 2015, vs. Presbyterian.
• English tied a career high with 4 RBI.
• Sophomore Trevor Craport tied a career high with four hits, going 4-for-6 with a home run and 3 RBI.
• Freshman Carter Hall blasted his career-first home run in the 8th.
• Connor Justus (78 games), Wade Bailey (61 games) and Kel Johnson (32 games) each extended their career-best consecutive starts streaks on Saturday night at Clemson.
The rubber match of the 3-game ACC series between No. 26 Georgia Tech and No. 23 Clemson will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday. The game will be available on WREK 91.1 FM.