After a promising start to Maryland’s three-game weekend set in Atlanta, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets sealed the series victory with a 9-3 thumping of the Terps Saturday afternoon.
David Carroll, who came into the game 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA, got the start for Maryland and got lit up by Georgia Tech. The junior allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings on 11 hits, raising his ERA on the year to 3.28. Jimmy Reed and Charlie Haslup pitched in relief for the Terps, allowing a combined three runs (two earned) in three innings.
The Yellow Jackets got the scoring started right away, when freshman Daniel Palka hit a two-run homer to right in the bottom of the first. Georgia Tech scored two more in the bottom of the second on a DeAndre Smelter sac fly and a Kyle Wren triple, and it was 4-0.
Maryland got a run back in the top of the third, when the Terps manufactured a two-out rally. Jack Cleary hit a single to right center, and Alfredo Rodriguez moved him to second with a single of his own. Korey Wacker got a single as well, scoring Cleary and making the score 4-1.
Jake Davies hit his first home run of the year in the fifth for Georgia Tech, and Wren hit a homer of his own in the eighth to end the Yellow Jackets’ scoring at nine runs.
The Terps scored two more in the top of the seventh on a Cleary groundout and an A-Rod double.
Jed Bradley was the starter for Georgia Tech, and allowed three runs (one earned) on seven innings. Bradley, a lefty from Huntsville, Ala., struck out eleven on the night. Luke Bard pitched a scoreless eighth, and Brad Markey pitched a perfect ninth to close it out.
Maryland will try to salvage the last game of the series tomorrow. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.