Before the game’s first pitch, there was a 30-minute weather delay at Russ Chandler Stadium, but Georgia Tech pitcher Connor Thomas stayed focused on the task at hand Friday night as he recorded his fifth-career complete game in a 2-0 victory against Pitt. The win against the Panthers gives the Yellow Jackets at least a share of the Coastal Division title.
“He pitched outstanding, he put us on his back,” said head coach Danny Hall about Thomas’ performance. “I hope it escalates to him being the pitcher of the year in our conference.”
Through eight innings, Thomas retired 13 consecutive batters. He finished the game throwing 93 pitches with nine strikeouts and no errors. In the seventh and eighth innings, Thomas (8-1) threw just nine pitches in the seventh and eighth innings and was able to close out the game for his eighth win of the season.
The key for Thomas was to keep it simple.
“Just letting my pitches run and do the natural movement and keeping the ball down has pretty much been the status quo when you’re a pitcher,” Thomas said.
“He got a lot of first-pitch outs, which kept that pitch count down,” Hall added. “He had command of everything tonight. Fastball location was good; his breaking ball was sharp. We didn’t throw a lot of changeups, but when he threw it, I think he got a couple outs on his changeups. But he just located everything well and kept the ball down really well.”
After scoring 12 runs off 13 hits last night, the bats cooled off for the Jackets in their second match against the Panthers.
The Jackets scored their first run in the game with some help from Pitt pitcher Dan Hammer’s balk in the bottom of the third inning that allowed Michael Guldberg to advance from third base.
Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist Kyle McCann scored a more traditional run in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI double to deep center field.
Tech (38-15, 19-10 ACC) will host Pitt (20-34, 7-22 ACC) tomorrow for their season finale on what will be an emotional senior night for four senior pitchers (Jake Lee, Keyton Gibson, Robert Winborne and Micah Carpenter). First pitch is set for 1 p.m.