Tech drops series to Clemson

Jon Barash

The Jackets travelled to Clemson over the weekend for a three-game series against the Tigers looking to rebound from being swept at the hands of N.C. State the previous weekend and a tough loss to Georgia at Turner Field this past Tuesday. The threat of weekend rain caused the first two games to be played in a doubleheader on Friday with Buck Farmer taking the mound for the Jackets in the afternoon game. After shutting down the Tigers for five innings, Farmer began struggling to keep Clemson off of the base paths, allowing eight runs on nine hits. Clemson received a three-RBI day from Jon McGibbon as they took the first game of the series 11-3, giving Farmer his third loss of the season. Sam Dove and A.J. Murray each collected three hits to lead the Jackets.

 

The night cap of the doubleheader saw Tech get off to a much better start as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead, with Dusty Isaacs taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning. After Isaacs was taken out in the seventh, the bullpen was able to get out of the inning before surrendering an RBI-single to Clemson’s Garrett Boulware to cut the lead to 2-1 entering the ninth inning. Tech added what was thought to be an insurance run as Mott Hyde’s RBI double made it 3-1 in the Jackets’ favor. A RBI triple by Thomas Brittle and a fielder’s choice double play enabled Clemson to tie the game and send it into extra innings. In extras, Tech couldn’t drive in Kyle Wren, who singled to open the tenth and got to third after a sacrifice bunt, but was tagged out trying to make it home after a grounder to the pitcher’s mound caught him in a rundown. The Tigers loaded the bases in the eleventh and, with two outs, were walk-off winners after Tyler Krieger singled over the head of Sam Dove to drive in the winning run.

 

The Jackets looked to end their losing streak in the final game of the series, which was played just before noon on Saturday as they aimed to play the game prior to rain entering the area. Zane Evans, who was credited with the loss in the second game of the doubleheader the previous night, ensured that the Jackets’ skid ended as he tied a school record with a 6-for-6 performance, hitting two home runs, a double, driving in four runs, and scoring four runs as Tech rode a ten-run fifth inning to beat the Tigers 14-9 in the series finale. Daniel Palka went 3-for-6 with a home run and two doubles, while also driving in four runs.

 

After a week off for final exams, the Jackets return home this coming weekend against Coastal Carolina looking to regain their winning form as the final month of the season gets underway. Tech currently sits at third in the ACC Coastal Division with a 12-12 conference record and 28-16 overall.

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