No. 25 Baseball Advances to Pool Play, Shuts Out BC
Tristin English leads Jackets with 3 hits, including 9th-inning home run
DURHAM, N.C. – No. 25 Georgia Tech’s 1-2 punch of Brandon Gold and Matthew Gorst delivered once again Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets advanced to pool play of the ACC Baseball Championships with a 6-0 win over Boston College.
It was the fourth game between the teams in the last six days. With the win, Georgia Tech (36-20) eliminated Boston College (31-20) as the Jackets hit three home runs Tuesday and have now hit 21 homers in their last 11 games.
Gold (8-3) scattered seven hits in 6.2 shutout innings with five strikeouts. Gorst came on to close the game for his 12th save of the season, allowing two hits in 2.1 scoreless innings.
Tuesday was Tech’s first shutout victory in the ACC Baseball Championship since a 3-0 win over Clemson on May 23, 2014, in Greensboro.
• Georgia Tech leads the all-time series 18-12, snapping a two-game losing streak.
• Georgia Tech is now 1-1 against Boston College in the ACC Baseball Championship.
• Tuesday was head coach Danny Hall’s 47th win in the ACC Baseball Championship.
• Georgia Tech is 78-55 all-time in the ACC Baseball Championship.
• Georgia Tech is 19-4 when scoring first this season.
• Georgia Tech has now 94 straight games when leading after 8 innings.
• 36 of Tech’s 56 games this season have been played in less than three hours. GT is 28-9 in those games.
• Tech is 35-3 when allowing fewer than eight runs in a game this season.
• Tech is 31-1 when allowing fewer than six runs in a game this season.
• Tech is 25-8 when scoring six or more runs in a game this season.
• Tech is 11-4 when Brandon Gold starts on the mound.
“Excellent game. I thought we played really well. Brandon pitched outstanding. Matthew Gorst came in and threw really well, and we were able to just scratch some runs here and there. Obviously the home run was helpful for us today. But felt like we played a really clean game against a really, really good team that gave us all we could handle last weekend.” – Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall’s postgame comments
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Tech broke the scoreless tie in the 3rd on a Wade Bailey RBI single up the middle for a 1-0 lead.
• Tech added a second run in the 4th thanks to Trevor Craport’s solo home run to left-center over the blue monster.
• The Jackets added another run in the 6th for a 3-0 lead. Brandt Stallings plated Tristin English with an RBI double down the left field line.
• Tech added three insurance runs in the 9th to pull away. With one out, Matt Gonzalez drilled a solo home run over the blue monster for a 4-0 lead. Two batters later, English launched Tech’s third home run of the day – a 2-run blast – to left-center for a 6-0 advantage.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• Georgia Tech has now hit 21 home runs in the last 11 games.
• Georgia Tech turned two more double plays, increasing its NCAA-leading total to 73. Tech needs five more to break the school mark of 77 set in 2014.
• Sophomore Kel Johnson when 1-for-5, extending his team-best hitting streak to 11 games.
• Senior Matt Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a home run. Gonzalez is now tied with Jason Basil for 4th on Tech’s all-time list with 289 career hits.
• Junior Arden Pabst has now thrown out 49 baserunners in his career.
• Sophomore Trevor Craport his hit seventh home run of the season.
• Gonzalez hit his 10th home run of the season.
• Freshman Tristin English led all Tech hitters, going 3-for-5 with a home run and 2 RBI.
• Tuesday was English’s 19th multi-hit game of the season and fifth with 3+ hits.
• Junior P Brandon Gold has lasted at least 5.0 innings in all 15 starts this season and at least 6.0 innings in 11 of his 15 starts.
• Junior P Matthew Gorst’s 12 saves are tied for second on Tech’s single-season list (Tucker Barr, 1995). Gorst is now two saves shy of the school’s single-season record (14 by Brett Binkley, 1993).
No. 9 seed Georgia Tech will face No. 1 seed Miami in the first game of pool play at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports South, ESPN3 and WREK 91.1 FM.