The 17th ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets got a much-needed win against in-state rival Georgia State Tuesday night, winning 7-2. It was well needed after the Panthers dominated them in a 10-1 loss on March 3rd.
Since that loss, the Yellow Jackets have improved and earned their 17th ranking while winning the weekend series at Virginia Tech. The Panthers on the other hand had midseason struggles but were beginning to find their groove winning their last two games against Troy.
The Panthers needed this game to build on their two-game winning streak before hitting the road to face Mercer Wednesday and South Alabama in their weekend series.
After the Yellow Jackets struck first blood after a hit by catcher Jake Holland brought in one run for the Yellow Jackets to lead 1-0 in the second inning.
The Panthers had an answer in the next inning, this time from outfielder Josh Smith. With one runner on first, Smith blasted the ball over the left-field wall for a home run. That is all the damage the Panthers would do in the third inning but they lead 2-1 at the end of the inning.
Pitching for the Yellow Jackets was strong in this game as it kept the Panthers’ best hitters in check. Freshman left-hand pitcher Josiah Siegal gave up one home run in three innings while striking out four. This was Siegal’s first career start.
The Yellow Jackets then went to another freshman in right-hand pitcher Dawson Brown who finished with one scoreless inning.
As the pitching was great for the Yellow Jackets, the fifth inning is where they blew the game wide open. Outfielder Stephen Reid recorded an RBI single which brought in two runs for the Yellow Jackets. The Panthers surrendered two more runs thanks to two balks in the inning as the Yellow Jackets led 5-2 at the end of the fifth.
Yellow Jackets outfielder Tres Gonzalez brought in two runs with a hit in the eighth inning, increasing the Yellow Jackets lead to five runs.
Yellow Jackets pitchers John Medich and Chance Huff had eight strikeouts combined while giving up two hits in five innings.
A thin Panthers bullpen struggled in this game as the Yellow Jackets evened the season series 1-1 with a win. Yellow Jackets head coach Danny Hall praised the pitching in this game.
“It’s kind of impressive of the back end of our pitching,” Hall said. “I thought John Medich and Chance Huff did a really great job tonight of not giving much traffic to them on the bases.”