Posted: 2:08 pm Monday, May 5th, 2014

Tech takes series from Hokies, No. 1 Virginia coming up 

By Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech continued its strong run of play at Russ Chandler Stadium, taking two of three from Virginia Tech this weekend.

The Jackets, who began the season unranked for the first time in coach Danny Hall’s tenure at Tech, are now 28-20 overall and 14-13 in the ACC. They’re 22-10 at home, while 6-10 on the road. The Hokies are 19-27-1 overall and 8-19 in the ACC. Tech had lost its previous two series, both on the road, to Maryland and N.C. State.

Among the top performers for Tech was Saturday starter Devin Stanton, who allowed one run (earned) over seven innings despite giving up six hits and two walks. Stanton’s ERA as a starter this season is now 2.17 in eight starts. After Friday night’s 7-6 win in 11 winnings, Stanton’s performance enabled the Jackets to take the series over the Hokies with a 3-1 win.

Friday night, reliever Dusty Isaacs covered the last five innings. He gave up one run (earned) while striking out a career-high eight of the 16 batters he faced and walking none.

With Tech down 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth after Isaacs gave up the go-ahead run in the top of the inning, the Jackets were down to their final out after Mott Hyde and Daniel Spingola had reached base with singles. Thomas Smith came through with a single up the middle to tie the game and send the game to extra innings.

In the 11th, two singles and a sacrifice bunt brought Matt Gonzalez to the plate. His single scored Arden Pabst to win the game 7-6.

Sunday, Tech lost 7-6, unable to close margins of 4-0 after the top of the first inning, 5-2 after the top of the sixth and 7-4 after the top of the seventh. The game ended with a strikeout/caught stealing double play at third base.

Spingola was 8-for-15 in the series. He’s hitting .405 at home this season.

Tech plays North Florida at home at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Russ Chandler and goes to Virginia, which was ranked No. 1 as of last week, this weekend. Matthew Grimes, who had been a Sunday starter but had some shoulder pain and was held out of the Virginia Tech series, will start Tuesday.

The Jackets took two of three from the Cavaliers last season at Russ Chandler. Virginia hasn’t lost a series this season and hasn’t lost a regular-season series at home since April 2012.

As of Monday, Tech had an RPI of No. 34, according to boydsworld.com. It was No. 33 last week. By last week’s projections, Tech was on the safe side of the NCAA bubble, according to Baseball America. Perfect Game’s tournament field projection had Tech as a No. 2 seed in the Alabama regional with the Crimson Tide, Sam Houston State and Saint Louis.

6 comments
juvenal
juvenal

occasionally take opponent fans as guests but never sell tix, except to a friend who takes all the nov-dec tix; hard to get the few Techies up here to take free weekday tix, a little old to make many of them myself, & you know i have great seats, Radar, tho' not as good since they put some comp folders there & then had to move the dancers......would burn them b4 they got sold.........don't know how this applies to CBB, tho', which i just find boring, too much going on in the spring..........if we are into non-seqs, wish we had a soccer team.......

billbrockman
billbrockman

In an example of how little things can hurt, the Jackets' best reliever besides Dusty Isaacs and Sam Clay was out sick, forcing the parade of ineffective Freshmen when Parr came out. Just a part of baseball.

FHstinger
FHstinger

Hall shouldn't have taken the bat out of Thomas Smith's(batting .320) hands in the 3rd and had him bunt.  That's a rally killer.

GTLee
GTLee

Need to learn how to win on the road........Go Jackets!

POAD2014
POAD2014

Got to win some of these game so we don't have to PLAY IN to the ACC Tournament. 

GTQBdefender
GTQBdefender

@billbrockman  

I have wondered who to send my past made suggestion on the Tech AJC blog of, simply enough, flu shots for all teams (provided but not required). Hewitt's last gasp and last year fell apart over the flu bug depleting a not very deep team. Those last two years of Hewitt - which coincided with a boycott of basketball games by Tech grads folks tell me now would be disloyal to do to Johnson - were actually more fun (full season tickets both years starting with Favors) than Gregory's time here. Gregory has a few big upsets but they usually are on the road which does those who actually attend games rather than comment from the other side of the world (Alabama, Long Beach and Vegas) little good. Hewitt's last team which most of u remember as terrible shut up UNC and VT fans at home. This is very, very important to those who attend and do not use such opportunities to sellout the team to get a partial refund on the season as is such a common practice among Tech grads and ridiculed by me repeatedly because I do not like it. Juvenal doesn't either though I do not know if he will back me. Note in a similar vein, I was very happy when South Carolina defeated Kentucky late in the basketball season at home because I wanted the season ticket folks who were loyal to be rewarded as half the stand were Ky. blue. I am arguing with myself on coming back for either football or basketball season tickets.