No. 19 Baseball Falls Behind Early, Loses at No. 12 Virginia
Yellow Jackets hit three solo home runs
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 19 Georgia Tech was unable to recover from Virginia’s five-run first inning Saturday night as the Yellow Jackets suffered a 9-4 loss at Davenport Field.
A Georgia Tech (32-18, 11-14) loss coupled with a Notre Dame loss dropped the Yellow Jackets into a 10th-place tie with Boston College in the ACC standings.
Three of Georgia Tech’s four runs came off solo home runs by freshman OF Brandt Stallings in the third, sophomore OF Kel Johnson in the fourth and senior OF Matt Gonzalez in the ninth. Tech’s other run came off the bat of Grant Wruble, who hit an RBI single in the seventh.
Through the first 48 games of the season, no Georgia Tech opposing pitcher tossed a complete game. Virginia pitchers tossed back-to-back complete games to open the series against the Yellow Jackets.
• Georgia Tech leads the series 71-53-2 and is 26-32 all-time in Charlottesville.
• The Yellow Jackets have lost five straight at Virginia and is 6-16 in Charlottesville since sweeping the Cavaliers at Davenport Field in 2003.
• Georgia Tech is now 10-9 on the road, including a 5-8 mark in ACC play.
• Georgia Tech allowed has allowed 8+ runs in 18 games this season; the Yellow Jackets are 2-16 in those games (1-13 in ACC play) and have lost their last 10 games when allowing 8+ runs.
• Georgia Tech has allowed 5+ runs in an inning 18 times (16 games). Tech is now 3-13 when allowing 5+ runs in an inning.
• Georgia Tech is 14-14 when opponents score first this season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Virginia relied on five ground ball singles in the 1st to take a 5-0 lead. Daniel Pinero’s 2-run single through the right side put the Cavaliers up 2-0. Adam Haseley followed with an infield single and Charlie Cody added a single through the left side for a 4-0 UVA advantage. Jack Gerstenmaier’s RBI single to right capped off the Cavaliers’ five-run 1st inning.
• Freshman Brandt Stallings hit a lead-off solo home run to left-center in the 3rd for Tech’s first run of the night. • The Cavaliers responded with two runs for a 7-1 lead after three innings.
• Sophomore Kel Johnson was responsible for Tech’s second run of the night with a solo shot to left in the 4th.
• Virginia plated two more runs in the 6th for a 9-2 lead.
• Grant Wruble plated Tristin English with an RBI single in the 7th.
• Matt Gonzalez crushed a solo home run to right-center in the 9th.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• Junior P Ben Parr made his second start of the season. Parr (7-1) suffered his first loss of the season and first since May 15, 2015, at Miami.
• Senior P Cole Pitts made his first relief appearance of the season and his first since May 19, 2015, vs. Virginia.
• Sophomore OF Kel Johnson hit his 10th home run of the season, matching his freshman season total in 2015.
• Freshman DH Brandt Stallings hit his seventh home run of the season.
• Senior OF Matt Gonzalez hit his ninth home run of the season. It was only Gonzalez’s third career hit in 43 at bats against Virginia – and his first at career hit at Davenport Field.
• Freshman 1B Tristin English hit his team-leading 18th double.
• Junior OF Ryan Peurifoy had two outfield assists, throwing out a pair of runners at home. Georgia Tech outfielders now have 19 assists this season.
• Junior SS Connor Justus’ reached safely streak was snapped at 17 consecutive games.
The ACC series between No. 19 Georgia Tech and No. 12 Virginia will conclude Sunday at Davenport Field. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. on WREK 91.1 FM.