Tech wins series from Deacons

Jon Barash

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets completed yet another strong series against an ACC opponent, taking two of three against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in a weekend set at Russ Chandler Stadium. Friday night saw Buck Farmer continue his dazzling start to the season, improving his perfect record to 6-0 as he allowed one run on five hits in seven innings pitched as the Jackets beat the Demon Deacons 5-1. Daniel Palka went 4-for-5, including his eighth home run of the season to lead the way, while Kyle Wren and Matt Gonzalez each added two hits in the victory.

 

The remaining two games of the series were played Saturday in a doubleheader as the Jackets looked to clinch another series victory. Junior Dusty Isaacs was the story in the first game as he pitched perhaps his best game as a Yellow Jacket, allowing just one hit over seven shutout innings, striking out eight en route to his fourth victory of the season in an 8-1 win for Tech. Kyle Wren was the biggest contributor of run support for Isaacs, going 4-for-5, including a solo home run and four RBIs, while also stealing three bases. Daniel Palka added his second home run of the series, a two-run shot, while A.J. Murray also had two RBIs for the Jackets.

 

The night cap of the doubleheader saw Wake Forest jump on Cole Pitts early and ultimately fend off a late Jackets’ rally as they were able to hang on for an 8-6 victory, sending Tech to its sixth loss of the season. Daniel Palka and A.J. Murray hit two late-inning three-run homers to spark a comeback attempt that ultimately fell short. Palka ended the series with home runs in each of the three games and has homered in four consecutive games overall dating back to Tuesday’s win over The Citadel. Kyle Wren went two-for-three, extending his ACC-best hitting streak to 16 games.

 

Next up for Tech are two games against in-state opponents, Tuesday on the road against Mercer and Wednesday at home against Kennesaw State. The weekend series takes the team to Durham, N.C. to take on the Duke Blue Devils, who are coming off a sweep of Boston College.

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