Gold Shines in Tech’s 9-1 Domination of No. 15 Coastal Carolina
Brandt Stallings hits career-first grand slam in 5th
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech ace Brandon Gold scattered six hits in eight innings Friday night as the 25th-ranked Yellow Jackets trounced No. 15 Coastal Carolina 9-1 at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Gold (5-2) went a season-best 8.0 innings and notched his first win since April 8 at Pitt and his first home win since March 18 vs. Virginia Tech. Gold has now gone at least 6.0 innings in each of his last seven starts and has gone at least 5.0 innings in all 11 appearances this season.
Freshman Brandt Stallings provided the bulk of Tech’s offense with a fifth-inning grand slam. Stallings went 2-for-4 with 4 RBI. Matt Gonzalez, Trevor Craport and Ryan Peurifoy each drove in a run.
• Georgia Tech leads the all-time series 16-7, snapping a three-game losing streak to Coastal Carolina. The Yellow Jackets are 14-5 all-time at home vs. the Chanticleers.
• Georgia Tech is now 15-13 when the Yellow Jackets do not score in the 1st inning.
• Georgia Tech is 18-7 at Russ Chandler Stadium this season.
• Georgia Tech is 13-3 when scoring 8+ runs in a game this season.
• Friday marked the 35th different lineup for the Yellow Jackets in 42 games.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Georgia Tech broke the scoreless tie with a 3-run 3rd inning. With one out, Tech loaded the bases with three straight walks by Arden Pabst, Connor Justus and Carter Hall. Matt Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly scored Pabst for a 1-0 lead. With Kel Johnson at the plate, Justus and Hall scored on a fielding error by Coastal Carolina RF Anthony Marks.
• The Yellow Jackets added a run in the 4th for a 4-0 lead. Peurifoy plated Craport with an RBI single through the right side.
• Coastal Carolina finally scratched a run in the 5th. With two on and two out, G.K. Young hit an RBI single to right, scoring Matt Beaird to cut the lead to 4-1.
• Brandt Stallings put the game out of reach in the 5th with a 1-out grand slam to left-center. The grand slam doubled Georgia Tech’s offensive output for an 8-1 lead.
• Craport added an insurance run in the 7th with an RBI groundout.
“He’s really good. He throws a lot of strikes. We have a lot of confidence in him and we usually play pretty good behind him. He’s a good guy to have on Friday night because he’s going to keep you in every game.” – Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall on Brandon Gold’s performance Friday night
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• Freshman Carter Hall made his career-first start Friday at second base.
• Georgia Tech turned its NCAA-leading 60th double play of the season.
• In the 3rd inning, Matt Gonzalez drove in a run on his 20th career sacrifice fly. His 20 sacrifice flies are the second-most in school history and are the most among NCAA active players.
• Brandt Stallings hit his career-first grand slam and his sixth home run of the season.
• Georgia Tech snapped its streak of seven straight games with 10+ hits.
• Connor Justus (81 games) and Kel Johnson (35 games) each extended their career-best consecutive starts streaks on Friday vs. Coastal Carolina.
No. 25 Georgia Tech and No. 15 Coastal Carolina will continue its three-game series at 4 p.m. Saturday. The game will broadcast live on ESPN3 and WREK 91.1 FM.