THE FLATS – On a night that saw the game hampered by weather delays from the start, the Yellow Jackets outlasted the No. 10 Duke Blue Devils for a 9-6 home win on Thursday night and Friday morning at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The two teams will return to action today, Friday, May 19, for game two of the series at 4 p.m.
The Jackets used 13 hits to score nine runs and overcome four Duke home runs in the win.
Senior second baseman Wade Bailey (3-for-4, BB, RBI, 2 runs, SB) pushed his hitting streak to nine-straight games and his on-base streak to 24-straight games, while freshman third baseman Oscar Serratos (3-for-4, 3B, 2 RBIs, run) recorded his first career triple in the win.
Sophomore outfielder Chase Murray (2-for-5, 3B, 3 RBIs) led the way with a game-high three RBIs on the night, while fellow outfielders Nick Wilhite (1-for-3, RBI, 2 runs) and Colin Hall (1-for-3, BB, 2 runs) each scored two runs for the Jackets.
The Blue Devils were led offensively by Kennie Taylor (2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBIs), Griffin Conine (1-for-3, HR, BB, RBI, 2 runs), and Jack Labosky (1-for-3, HR, BB, RBI), who combined to hit four home runs for the game.
Xzavion Curry (8-3) earned the win, as the GT ace gave up five runs on six hits and one walk, while striking out 10 batters over 6.0-complete innings. The double-digit strikeouts mark the fourth time this season that Curry has struck out 10 or more hitters in a game.
Fellow sophomore Andy Archer (3) picked up his third save of the season allowing one run on one hit, three walks and two strikeouts over the final 3.0 innings of play.
Duke’s Mitch Stallings (3-4) was handed the loss, as the Atlanta native was touched for seven runs on nine hits, three walks and two strikeouts in 2.2 innings of work.
Following a 17-minute delay to start the contest, the Blue Devils would get a lead-off bloop double over the head of the first baseman, a wild pitch and an RBI groundout to the right side of the infield to take a 1-0 lead three batters into the game.
That’s when the lightning would strike, literally, as the players would be pulled off the field and a two-hour-and-10-minute delay would ensue before the teams returned to the field at 9:34 p.m.
As the rain begin to fall down, the Jackets got out of the first inning with a strikeout, yet failed to score in the bottom half of the inning, stranding two runners in the frame.
Duke added to its lead in the top of the second on a two-run home run from Taylor, only to see the White and Gold answer with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning on a bases loaded ground out and a two-out RBI single from Bailey to cut the Blue Devils’ lead back to one at 3-2 after two innings of play.
Tech blew the game open one inning later in the bottom of the third, as the Jackets got a pair of two-run triples from Serratos and Murray, around an RBI single to left field by Nick Wilhite, to plate five runs in the inning and take a 7-3 lead into the fourth inning.
The Blue Devils got one run back in the top of the fourth on a second home run from Taylor, this time a solo shot, to trim the Jackets’ lead to three at 7-4.
After the Blue Devils got a solo home run from Conine in the top of the sixth, Tech got the run back in the bottom of the frame with the help of two wild pitches and a Duke fielding error to take a three-run lead at 8-5 into the seventh inning.
Duke hit another solo home run in the seventh to get to within two of the Jackets, before Tech pushed it back out to three on a pair of Duke errors and a Bailey single in the bottom of the eighth to finish off the 9-6 home ACC win.
Georgia Tech (30-24, 13-15 ACC) and the No. 10 Duke Blue Devils (38-13, 17-10 ACC) will play game two of the three game series Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. Senior Day festivities will take place on Saturday afternoon prior to the first pitch of game three set for 1 p.m.