The weather gods blessed the city of Atlanta Saturday with perfect weather for baseball on senior day for Georgia Tech, but the Yellow Jackets couldn’t take advantage, closing out their regular season at The Flats with a 9-3 loss to the Pitt Panthers.
Freshman pitcher Cort Roedig (2-2) got the start on the mound for Tech (38-16, 19-11 ACC) who was looking to sweep the Panthers (21-34, 8-22 ACC) heading into the 2019 ACC Tournament. Roedig pitched three innings and collected six strikeouts, despite giving up six runs. It was the bottom of the third inning where Roedig gave up a grand slam to David Yanni who played arguably the best game of his collegiate career. It was 84 degrees at Russ Chandler Stadium, but after being in a 6-0 deficit, coach Danny Hall admitted that it was the third inning that led to the team’s meltdown.
“No question. I think it was a hit, two hit batters, and a grand slam,” Hall recalled. “Definitely disappointing and you know, one of the things you have no defense for a walk and no defense for a home run. We just kind of handed it to them and got behind and we just had a hard time competing at the plate today.
Hall made a point to credit Pitt’s starting pitcher Billy Corcoran who allowed just two runs on six hits in six innings with seven strikeouts.
After Roedig made an early exit from the game, Tech inserted six pitchers with four being seniors (Jake Lee, Keyton Gibson, Micah Carpenter, and Robert Winborne). The seniors had a decent outing on the mound collectively. Neither pitcher allowed a run, and they gave up one hit apiece. Johnathan Hughes had a rough seventh inning, giving up a run on a wild pitch, then giving up a two-RBI home run to Yanni. Yanni finished the game going 3-5, three long bombs and eight RBI.
In game two against the Panthers, the Jackets were unable to garnish many hits. Today, that wasn’t the case. Instead, they were unable to generate runs. The Jackets had 10 hits and left runners on base in several innings.
“Couldn’t get the big hit,” Hall said. Yesterday kind of blended into today a little bit to where we just could not get a big hit to kind of close that gap. We got it on Friday night. We hit a couple of home runs just to put the thing in half, but today, we just could not get that extra hit to probably put more pressure on them.”
Tech will now focus on the postseason as they will draw a two-seed in the 2019 ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C., after taking the ACC Coastal Championship. Georgia Tech’s division championship is it’s first since 2011 when the Jackets finished 22-8 in the ACC and 42-21 overall. Hall mentioned in the press conference that they would likely play Notre Dame and Miami in their pool. However, he said the bracket isn’t official, yet. He also hinted at the pitching rotation for the first two games, with Amos Willingham in game one and Connor Thomas in game two.