Georgia Tech drops game two to Duke 14-10, setting up big game three on Sunday

After a win in the first game against No. 9 Duke, Georgia Tech was unable to score two wins and take the series away from the Blue Devils.

It was a fault of the offense. Georgia Tech's offense had a great night, scoring 10 runs, but the pitching couldn't keep up. It was a frustrating game for the Yellow Jackets' pitching staff and they were unable to contain the Blue Devils' offense. Georgia Tech is looking for a series win against Duke tomorrow at 1 p.m

Let’s recap a frustrating night for the Yellow Jackets.

Here was the Yellow Jackets' lineup in game two:

1. LF Trey Yunger

2. CF Drew Burress

3.C Matthew Ellis

4. 1B John Giesler

5. SS Payton Green

6. P/DH Payton Green

7. 2B Mike Becchetti

8. RF Bobby Zmarzlak

9. 3B Cason Kerce

Cam Jones was on the mound for the Yellow Jackets.

After getting the runner out at first, Duke got a single and then a double to move runners to second and third. A Duke batter grounded out to score the first and only run of the second inning. The Blue Devils led Georgia Tech 1-0 and were coming up short in the first period.

Yunger walked in the first inning, but nothing more happened for Georgia Tech in the bottom of the first inning. It remained 1-0 until the second matchday.

Jones pitched a 1-2-3 inning to start the second inning, paving the way for Georgia Tech's offense to go to work and get its first runs on the board.

The 2nd inning was huge for Georgia Tech. Green and Jones singled to start the inning and then Becchetti hit an RBI single to tie the game at 1-1, then Zmarzlak hit an RBI double to take a 2-1 lead, though Becchetti was taken out of the game at home. After Zmarzlak advanced on a pass, Kerce hit an RBI single to extend the lead to 3-1, and then Yunger hit a two-run home run to increase the lead to 5-1. The offense was going well and it looked like the Yellow Jackets were in command early. After Burress tripled, Ellis hit an RBI single to make it 6-1 to end the inning.

Both teams fell 1-2-3 in the third inning and Georgia Tech maintained a 6-1 lead into the fourth inning.

Jones gave up a walk to start the fourth and then a double to put runners at second and third with no outs. After two strikeouts, Jones struck out a batter and loaded the bases, giving Duke the perfect chance to cut the lead.

A 3-RBI double cut the lead to 6-4 and cleared the bases for Duke. Jones got out of the inning, but Georgia Tech didn't enjoy the lead after that.

Kerce hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the fourth and then stole second before Yunger could be singled out. Burress was then hit by a pitch that loaded Georgia Tech's bases. Ellis would then hit a double play, but not before Kerce scored, extending the lead to 7-4. Giesler threw a groundout in the bottom of the inning and Georgia Tech led 7-4 heading into the fifth inning.

Jones was the designated hitter to start the inning and was replaced on the mound by Carson Ballard. The 5th inning would be a disaster for the Yellow Jackets. He struck out the first batter and then walked the next before giving up a three-run home run that tied the game 7-7. After the three-run home run, Ballard gave up a solo home run to give Duke an 8-7 lead. Ballard was then replaced by Ben King.

King gave up a single and then a walk to give Duke two base runners, but then they got a fly out to get the first out of the inning. After a groundout, King struck out two batters in a row to allow Duke another run and create a 9-7 Georgia Tech deficit. King won the final, but it was Georgia Tech that was now behind, finishing in the bottom of the fifth.

Duke made a pitching change to start the bottom of the 5th. It was a great start to the inning as Green hit a solo home run, cutting the lead to 9-8. It was the only run of the inning, but it was a start for Georgia Tech.

Terry Busse replaced King in the top of the 6th. After a quick out, Busse gave up a solo home run that extended Duke's lead to 10-8. It was the only run of the inning and Georgia Tech's offense got back to work in the bottom of the sixth.

Yunger walked and then Burress hit a single to give Georiga Tech two base runners with no outs. After a Duke pitch change, Ellis walked to load the bases, and Duke then made another quick pitch change. Gielser would then hit a 2-RBi single to tie the game at 10-10, but Georgia Tech couldn't take advantage of the other baserunner who reached. It was 10:10 until matchday 7.

Both teams remained scoreless in the 7th inning and the game remained 10-10 until the 8th inning.

Mason Patel came on in the 7th and pitched a scoreless inning, but had more trouble in the 8th and beyond.

The rest of the game didn't go well for Georgia Tech. They allowed Duke to score four more runs while scoring zero runs. The pitching couldn't contain the Duke offense and the offense couldn't come up with anything late. Georgia Tech will look to win the series against No. 9 Duke tomorrow at 1 p.m

Anna Harden

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