Gorst, Long Ball Shut Down No. 12 Virginia, 5-4
Matthew Gorst pitched career-best 6.1 innings of scoreless relief
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – With a one-run lead in hand, junior Matthew Gorst threw a career-best 6.1 innings of scoreless relief Sunday afternoon to give 19th-ranked Georgia Tech a 5-4 win over No. 12 Virginia at Davenport Field.
Georgia Tech (33-18, 12-14 ACC) snapped a five-game losing streak in Charlottesville, posting its first win at Virginia since 2012.
Trailing 4-2 with two outs in the bottom of the third, head coach Danny Hall called on Gorst to stop further damage by the Cavaliers. In the top of the fourth, a solo home run by Trevor Craport and a two-run shot by Arden Pabst gave Tech a 5-4 lead.
Gorst (1-1) scattered three hits with four strikeouts for his first win of the season. It was his first win in relief since April 11, 2015, vs. Virginia. Georgia Tech has now 92 straight games when leading after eight innings.
• Georgia Tech leads the series 72-53-2 and is 27-32 all-time in Charlottesville.
• The Yellow Jackets snapped a five-game losing streak at Virginia and is now 7-16 in Charlottesville since sweeping the Cavaliers at Davenport Field in 2003.
• Georgia Tech is now 11-9 on the road, including a 6-8 mark in ACC play.
• Georgia Tech is 15-14 when opponents score first this season.
• Georgia Tech hit four home runs in a game for the fourth time this season.
• Georgia Tech has now 92 straight games when leading after eight innings.
• Georgia Tech is 8-3 in 1-run games this season, including a 3-2 mark in ACC play.
“The home runs today were big. We got behind again, but were only down by two. Then Arden (Pabst) put us ahead by one. (Matthew) Gorst came in and pitched outstanding. As great as Gorst was, the two catches Brandt Stallings made in right were as big as Gorst. We played really well today, we had to. Now, we have to build on this momentum heading into next week.” – Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Matt Thaiss’ RBI ground out to second gave Virginia a 1-0 lead in the 1st.
• Georgia Tech took its first lead of the game in the 2nd. Trevor Craport tied the game at 1-1 with a solo home run to left. Two batters later, Ryan Peurifoy gave Tech a 2-1 lead thanks to a solo shot to left-center.
• Virginia tied the game in the 2nd on a Charlie Cody solo home run to left-center.
• Matt Thaiss broke the 2-2 tie with a 2-run home run in the 3rd.
• Craport pulled Tech to within a run, 4-3, in the 4th with his second solo home run of the afternoon. Three batters later, Arden Pabst gave Tech a 5-4 lead with a 2-run home run to left.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• Freshman P Jake Lee made his fifth start of the season, his third on the road and his first road start since April 24 at Clemson.
• Junior P Matthew Gorst made his 22nd relief appearance of the season – and only his second appearance before the eighth inning.
• Georgia Tech hit seven total home runs this season, including six solo homers.
• Sophomore 3B Trevor Craport hit his fifth and sixth home runs of the season.
• Craport is the third Yellow Jacket to hit two home runs in a game this season, joining Tristin English (April 23 at Clemson) and Coleman Poje (May 10 vs. Savannah State).
• Junior CF Ryan Peurifoy hit his second home run of the season.
• Junior C Arden Pabst’s 2-run home run was Tech’s first non-solo homer of the weekend.
• Freshman Brandt Stallings made his seventh start in the outfield this season – and his sixth in right field.
• Sophomore Kel Johnson made his eighth start as designated hitter this season.
• Johnson extended his current hit streak to six games.
• Junior P Matthew Gorst went a career-best 6.1 innings, his second career outing of 4.0+ innings – both coming against the Virginia Cavaliers.
• It was Gorst’s first win since April 11, 2015, vs. Virginia.
• Senior LF Matt Gonzalez tied Brandon Hensley for eighth on Tech’s career hits list with 281.
Georgia Tech looks to snap its three-game series losing streak to in-state rival Georgia as the two teams meet Tuesday for the 367th edition of Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate. Tuesday’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Turner Field in Atlanta. The game will be broadcast live on the SEC Network and ESPN3.