March 18, 2016
Yellow Jackets take first game of ACC series with Hokies
Phil Sciretta registers two RBIs in 14-4 defeat
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ATLANTA – The No. 22 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets scored in each of the first five innings to take a commanding 12-run lead and cruised to a 14-4 victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies in the first game of an ACC baseball series at Russ Chandler Stadium Friday night.

Both Grant Maiorana and Phil Sciretta extended their career-long reached base streaks in the sixth frame and that resulted in Virginia Tech’s first run. The Hokies would add three unearned runs in the ninth to finish off their scoring.

GT starter Brandon Gold, who went seven innings, improved to 2-1 on the season after earning the win, while Packy Naughton dropped to 2-2 with the loss.

How the runs were scored

  • Georgia Tech (13-4, 1-3 ACC) sent nine men to the plate and scored five runs in the bottom of the first with the key hit a two-out, bases-clearing double by Tristin English that put his team up 5-0.
  • The Yellow Jackets scored single runs in the second and third, had a three spot in the fourth and added two more in the fifth to increase their advantage to 12-0.
  • Virginia Tech (10-9, 1-3 ACC) got on the board in the sixth on an RBI single by Sciretta that scored Maiorana, who was aboard after a one-out double.
  • GT added single runs in the seventh and eighth to conclude its scoring.
  • In the ninth, Mac Caples reached on an error, moved to third on a Garrett Hudson single and scored on another GT error. Hudson came home when Maiorana drew a bases-loaded walk. Sciretta then singled to plate Fragale.

Inside the Box

  • Maiorana: with double in the sixth, extended reached base streak to 15 straight games; fourth double of the season.
  • Sciretta: 2 hits, 10th multi-hit game of the season, 28th of career; 2 RBIs, fourth multi-RBI game of the season, ninth of career; with single in the sixth, extended reached base streak to all 19 games this year; has a team-high 32 hits and 21 RBIs.
  • Tufts: 2 hits, second multi-hit game of the season, 13th of career; sixth double of the year, second most on the team.
  • Sam Fragale: 2 hits, third multi-hit game of the season, seventh of career.
  • Joey Sullivan: out of the bullpen, has retired 5 of 5 first batters faced this season and is 9 of 12 in his Tech career; tossed a career-high 4.2 innings of relief; struck out a career-high six batters (as starter or in relief).

Additional Notes

  • Tech turned its 14th double play of the season, the fourth behind Naughton.

Up next

The two teams will continue their ACC series with Game 2 of the set on Saturday at Russ Chandler Stadium starting at 6 p.m. – please note the new first pitch time.

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