May 3, 2013
ATLANTA - Coastal Carolina (29-16) scored twice and had two one in the ninth, but could not complete the comeback, dropping a 4-2 decision at #23 Georgia Tech (27-18) in game one of a Friday doubleheader.
Both teams put runners on the base through three and a half but had nothing to show for it before the Yellow Jackets broke through with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Matt Gonzalez had leadoff single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and took third on a ground out. With two outs, Michael Hodorowski punched a single through the right side of the infield to drive in Gonzalez.
Coastal loaded the bases in the sixth but came up empty. Jacob May, who delivered two hits, had a leadoff double. Two batters later, Alex Buccilli walked and Jake Kane followed with a single to load the bases. Georgia Tech got back-to-back solid plays from its shortstop Mott Hyde to end the threat. Hyde made a good catch on a pop out between the third baseman and left fielder then snagged a ball up the middle to retire Kane at second.
Georgia Tech made the Chants pay, adding two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Gonzalez reach on a one-out single and scored two batters later on Thomas Smith's RBI double down the left field line. A single by Hodorowski put runners on the corners. Tech manufactured a run as Hodorowski was caught in a run-down between first and second on a designed play. During the run-down, Smith took off for home and scored as the throw was errant.
Tech had consecutive hits to start the seventh and pushed it lead to 4-0. Sam Dove and Zane Evans started the frame with back-to-back singles and Daniel Palka followed with a ground-rule double. Ryan Connolly limited the damage by getting a pair of strikeouts and a foul out.
In the ninth, Coastal scored twice, but that is all it would get. Kane, who had two hits, singled, Colin, also with two hits, Hering walked and Justin Creel singled to load the bases. Kane scored on a wild pitch. With one out, Nick Oberg extended his hit streak to eight with an RBI single. Alex Cruz got a pair or ground outs to end the game and earn his first save.
Buck Farmer (8-3) earned the win. He pitched eight innings, scattering five hits and two walks with nine strikeouts. Ben Smith (3-2) was saddled with the loss. The sophomore allowed10 hits over six innings. He surrendered three runs (two earned) with one walk and five strikeouts.