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Yellow Jackets post 6-0 first-round win over Boston College
DURHAM, N.C. (theACC.com) – Georgia Tech has made noise in the ACC Baseball Championship before as a No. 9 seed. The Yellow Jackets took the first step on Tuesday toward what they hope will be a repeat of recent history.
Starter Brandon Gold and reliever Matthew Gorst combined on a nine-hit shutout as Georgia Tech blanked eighth-seeded Boston College, 6-0, in first-round action at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The Yellow Jackets (36-20) landed a spot in Pool A of the round-robin tournament and will face top-seeded Miami (43-10) in Wednesday’s 3 p.m. game. Boston College (31-20) was eliminated from further ACC Championship competition but remains hopeful of a spot in NCAA tournament play when berths are announced next Monday.
Georgia Tech captured the ACC Baseball Championship title two years ago as the No. 9 seed and also won as the eighth-seeded team in 2012.
Trevor Craport, Matt Gonzalez and Tristin English homered in support of Tech’s pitching effort on Tuesday, and the Yellow Jackets collected 13 hits as a team.
Gold (8-3) allowed seven hits in 6.2 innings while striking out five batters and walking one. Gorst did the rest, allowing two hits over 2.1 innings to earn his 12th save of the season.
The Yellow Jackets took a 3-0 lead into the top of the ninth, then broke the game open with three runs off BC reliever John Nicklas. Gonzalez delivered a one-out solo homer, and Tristin English followed with a long, two-run shot.
The teams left a combined 20 runners on base, including sixth and seventh innings in which the Eagles loaded the bases on both occasions but came up empty.
Jesse Adams (5-5) started on the mound for Boston College and took the loss. Jake Palomaki, Johnny Adams and Logan Hoggarth each had two hits to lead the Eagles at the plate.
English’s homer capped a 3-for-5 day. Gonzalez and Craport each had two hits. The Yellow Jackets’ win over BC came three days after the Eagles swept Saturday’s doubleheader between the teams in Atlanta to claim the regular-season series and clinch a spot in this week’s ACC Championship.