@GTBaseball Rolls Past Pitt for Sixth Straight Win

May 8, 2015
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech
(31-17, 12-13)
Game 48
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Pitt
(16-30, 6-19)
WP: Jonathan King (4-3) | LP: T.J. Zeuch (4-6) | SV: None

Box Score

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TECH STARTERS: Innis/LF, Bailey/2B, Gonzalez/LF, Murray/RF, Johnson/DH, Smith/1B, Peurifoy/CF, Pabst/C, Justus/SS, King/SP.

PITT STARTERS: Wright/LF, Leblanc/SS, Vazquez/RF, Kowalczyk/C, Frabasilio/DH, Sherman/3B, Hess/1B, Pazos/2B, Maldonado/CF, Zeuch/SP

THE BASICS:
A.J. Murray and Kel Johnson launched home runs and Jonathan King pitched a gem as Georgia Tech rolled past Pitt, 9-1, Friday night in the opener of an ACC series at Russ Chandler Stadium.
• The Yellow Jackets scored the game's final nine runs to extend their winning streak to a season-high six games.
• With the win, Tech improved to 31-17 and 12-13 in the ACC, while Pitt fell to 16-30, 6-19.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
• Pitt struck first with an unearned run off King in the first, but it was all Jackets after that.
• King retired 12 straight Pitt batters from the first to the fifth inning while his offense went to work.
Keenan Innis' leadoff triple in the bottom of the first set the tone, and Wade Bailey's RBI grounder in the next at-bat tied the game at 1-1.
• Johnson followed later in the first with his 10th home run of the season -- a two-run blast to left that made it 3-1.
• RBI from Murray (double) and Bailey (single) in the second helped the hosts extend the lead to 5-1.
• Murray belted his 13th homer of the season to make it 7-1 in the fourth and the Jackets tacked on two more runs of insurance in the fifth.
• King turned the game over to rookie Trevor Craport in the eighth, and the righty tossed a pair of perfect innings with a strikeout to close it out.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
• Tech trailed 1-0 in the first to mark its 18th come-from-behind win this season.
• King improved to 4-3 by limiting the Panthers to just three hits and one unearned run over seven innings. He fanned a career-high seven and walked none.
• Over King's last four starts (27.2 innings), he's allowed just five runs (two earned) with five walks and 17 strikeouts to lower his ERA to 3.29.
• The Jackets attacked opposing starting pitcher T.J. Zeuch, tagging him for a career-high nine runs in 4.1 innings. He fell to 4-6.
• The top five batters in Tech's lineup each amassed at least one hit in the game.
Matt Gonzalez, who turned in a handful of dazzling plays at third, extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
• Murray finished 3-for-4 -- a triple shy of the cycle -- with three RBI and two runs. He is now tied for the ACC leads with 14 home runs this season.
• Innis was 3-for-6 to match his career-high for hits and scored twice.
• Bailey drove in three runs to match his career-high for RBI.
Connor Justus had two more hits and is 6-for-9 over Tech's last two games.

QUOTABLE:
"We gave them a run in the first inning, but after that he (King) was pretty much in control the whole way. I felt like we made some nice defensive plays, Gonzalez made some great plays at third, and it was a very good start by Jonathan King."
-- Head Coach Danny Hall

UP NEXT: The Yellow Jackets and Panthers continue the series Saturday at 1 p.m. The game can be seen live on the ACC's regional sports networks, including SportSouth.