After a close first game and a blowout in the second, Georgia Tech completed their sweep of Maryland with a 6-2 victory in the final game of the series.
The series was the first of the conference season for Maryland, who will surely be disappointed with their poor showing in Atlanta.
The Yellow Jackets were aided by strong performances from their starting pitchers the entire weekend, and Sunday’s game was no different. Buck Farmer pitched eight scoreless innings, striking out seven without walking a single batter. Maryland’s starter, Eric Potter, allowed six runs in five innings on seven hits. The Terps did get a solid performance from their bullpen, however, as Michael Boyden, Chuck Ghysels, and Blair Delean each pitched scoreless innings.
Georgia Tech got the scoring started in the bottom of the third when a Jacob Esch single and a Matt Skole double scored three. A three-run double from freshman catcher Zane Evans in the bottom of the fifth made the score 6-0.
The Terps were able to put together a rally in the top of the ninth against Conner Kendrick and Dusty Isaacs. Gary Schneider led off the inning with a four pitch walk, and Matt Marquis flew out to left. Tomo Delp and Kyle Convissar were hit by pitches, loading the bases for Jordan Hagel and taking Kendrick out of the game in favor of Isaacs. Hagel was hit by a pitch as well, scoring Maryland’s first run of the game. Tim Kiene grounded out to first, scoring Delp, and Curtis Lazar struck out to end the rally and the game.
Maryland returns home for a midweek set against Liberty, played this Tuesday and Wednesday.