GT pounds 14 hits in 10-8 win vs. UVa
Virginia's school-record 11-game road win streak stopped
ATLANTA - Jake Davies was 4-for-4 with three RBIs, and pitcher Buck Farmer won his sixth-consecutive game as eighth-ranked Georgia Tech defeated No. 1 Virginia, 10-8, in the series finale on Sunday. The Cavaliers saw its 12-game winning streak come to an end and the defeat snapped Virginia's school-record 11-game road win streak. Virginia, who has captured all five of its ACC series this season, including three on the road, (31-3, 13-2 ACC) won two of three games in the series with the Yellowjackets (24-9, 12-3).
We really battled hard the whole day," Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall said. "They [Virginia] are going to make you play. They score runs, and they can pitch and you have to battle hard for nine innings.
"I told our team today that Virginia is the standard. They come out here and win two out of three, so we have to try and set our sights on getting back to the level that we like, and to the level that Virginia is playing at right now."
Davies was perfect with two doubles and three RBIs on the day for Tech, driving in all three runs on two out hits. Tech had 14 hits against the Cavaliers on Sunday, getting three from freshman Kyle Wren to back Davies' solid performance.
"It's big to win the third game because it keeps us only one game behind them instead of two," Davies said. "Getting those two outs hits are what Georgia Tech is known for. We didn't do that on Friday and Saturday and we didn't win. We got them today, and that was key for us in getting the victory."
Farmer was not bad either, scattering 10 hits and four earned runs over seven innings.
The Jackets scored runs in six of their eight innings of at-bats and held off a pesky Virginia squad late in the game.
The two teams traded leads on and off through the first three and a half innings on Sunday. For the third straight time in the series, Georgia Tech jumped out to an early lead. Kyle Wren hit Cody Winiarski' first pitch of the opening inning down the right-field line for a double. Wren moved to second on a Jacob Esch groundout and scored when Davies ripped a two-out single to center. Daniel Palka then tripled to center field to plate Davies with the Jackets' second run.
Virginia came right back in the next half inning with three runs. The first four Cavaliers reached base on base hits. Steven Proscia doubled to lead off and scored after back-to-back singles to left field by Jared King and David Coleman. Reed Gragnani then reached on a bunt single to load the bases. One out later, Keith Werman walked to force in King, and Chris Taylor grounded out to second base to bring in Coleman.
The Yellow Jackets used a two-out rally to knot the score in the third. With two outs, Matt Skole singled to center and moved up a base on a fielding error by Gragnani. Davies then cranked an 0-2 pitch into the left-field corner for a double, easily scoring Skole. The Jackets loaded the bases before Winiarski got Sam Dove to ground out to end the inning.
The Cavaliers scored a run in the top of the fourth on a Werman single which brought Coleman home, but Tech countered with three in their half of the fourth to take a 6-4 lead and force Winiarski from the game.
Georgia Tech added a pair of runs in the fifth inning on an RBI single from Wren and a sacrifice fly from Esch.
Virginia responded with two runs in the sixth, getting a sacrifice fly from pinch hitter Ryan Levine before Werman ripped an RBI single. The Yellow Jackets got one back in the bottom of the inning on a run-scoring groundout by Dove off reliever Corey Hunt.
The teams traded runs in the seventh inning. UVa picked up a run in the top of the inning when Gragnani hit a two-out single to score Proscia, who had singled to right with one out. Tech's Brandon Thomas then hit a towering leadoff home run to left field to lead off the bottom of the inning against reliever Kyle Crockett. It was Thomas' first career home run. The Cavaliers threatened in the ninth inning and scored a run on a Coleman single, but Gragnani grounded into a double play with runners on first and second to end the game.
King led Virginia by tying a career-high with three hits, while Werman had a pair of hits and three RBIs. Coleman went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and three runs scored.
Winiarski took the loss, working three innings. Winiarski (4-2) allowed five earned runs, six hits and three walks while fanning four. Virginia used five pitchers in the contest. The Cavaliers pitchers were plagued by six walks in the contest; they came in averaging just 2.1 walks per nine innings.
Tech's Luke Bard pitched the final 1.2 innings to notch his fourth save.