The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets stayed hot at the plate Sunday afternoon in a 12-2 win over the Austin Peay Governors to stay alive in the Atlanta Regional. Tech hitters tallied eight extra base hits, including four home runs, and 12 batters registered a hit including the entire starting roster.
The middle of the lineup, Matt Skole and Daniel Palka, powered the offensive attack on Sunday, going 6-for-9 with six runs scored, four runs batted in, and a home run apiece. Zane Evans and Jake Davies hit home runs as well for Tech.
Starting pitcher Buck Farmer was nothing short of spectacular on the day. The sophomore pitched a complete game, allowing five hits, two runs (one earned), two walks, and nine strikeouts. The complete game was especially important because Tech has now used all of its starting pitchers so far in the regional and will be facing Mississippi State with an entire bullpen approach.
The big victory was also key because it allowed the Tech regulars to be subbed out and not have to play nine innings, giving them extra rest before facing Mississippi State.
Georgia Tech and Mississippi State now battle for the regional championship. The two face off Sunday at 7 p.m. If Mississippi State wins, they will advance to a super regional while if Tech wins, the Jackets and Bulldogs will play again Monday night.
The Jackets will start freshman right handed reliever DeAndre Smelter (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 15.0 IP) and Mississippi State will counter with left handed Nick Routt (2-3, 4.15 ERA, 43.1 IP).
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