March 20, 2016
Hokies drop final game in Atlanta
Ryan Tufts with two hits, two runs, three RBIs in defeat at Georgia Tech
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(22) Georgia Tech (15-4) 11013424X16171
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ATLANTA – In the final game of a three-game baseball series at Russ Chandler Stadium Sunday afternoon, the No. 22 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets used an eight-run outburst over the middle three frames to break open the contest against Virginia Tech and then held on for a 16-8 victory.

The Hokies had trailed by nine entering the seventh and scored a single run in the frame, and then plated six more in the eighth – the key hit a three-RBI double by Ryan Tufts – that pulled them to within four at 12-8, but they would get no closer.

GT relief pitcher Micah Carpenter earned the win on the mound for the Yellow Jackets and is now 1-0. Hokie starter Jon Woodcock was saddled with the loss and falls to 1-4.

How the runs were scored

  • Georgia Tech (15-4, 3-3 ACC) opened the scoring in the first, as three straight singles – the last by Kel Johnson that scored Connor Justus – gave the team its first run.
  • Ryan Peurifoy gave the Yellow Jackets a 2-0 lead after doubling in the second and scoring on a wild pitch.
  • Virginia Tech (10-11, 1-5 ACC) cut its deficit in half with a single run in the third. Matt Dauby doubled with one out and Saige Jenco, with a two-out double, brought him home.
  • The Yellow Jackets padded their lead, though, to 10-1 by the end of the sixth inning, after scoring a single run in the fourth, three in the fifth and four in the sixth – on a grand slam by Johnson.
  • The Hokies used a RBI single by Dauby in the seventh to make it 10-2, then sent 10 men to the plate in the eighth, scoring six runs, to cut their deficit to 12-8. With the bases loaded, Tufts hit a bases-clearing double to spark the rally and Garrett Hudson, Jenco and Max Ponzurick then all collected an RBI in the frame to finish their scoring.
  • Georgia Tech plated four more runs in the bottom of the frame to put the game away.

Inside the Box

  • Jenco: double, fourth of the season, 22nd of his career; 2 hits, eighth multi-hit game of the season, 44th of career; 2 RBIs, first multi-hit game of the season, 10th of career.
  • Grant Maiorana: did not reach base in three at bats, ending his reached base streak at 16 straight games.
  • Caples: 2 hits, first multi-hit game of season, seventh of his career.
  • Tufts: double, seventh of the season, 14th of his career; 2 hits, third multi-hit game of season, 14th of his career; career-high 3 RBIs, third multi-RBI game of season, fifth of his career; 2 runs, fourth multi-run game of season, 10th of his career.
  • Andrew Mogg: double, second of the season, 13th of his career.
  • Dauby: double, fifth of the season, 12th of his career; 2 hits, sixth multi-hit game of the season, 14th of career. 2 runs, fifth multi-run game of season, 10th of his career; second on team with 18 runs scored.

Up next

Tech plays a midweek game at Radford on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m., and then hosts Notre Dame at English Field in an ACC series starting on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

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