Georgia Tech's series against No. 22 Virginia isn't off to a good start. On Friday night, the Cavaliers bested the Yellow Jackets 6-5 in the series' opening game.
Virginia centerfielder Brandon Downes ripped an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Virginia a 6-5 lead -- the same margin that the Cavaliers would win by. Downes' single scored Derek Fisher, who led off the inning with a bloop double. An error put runners at first and third, allowing Fisher to score with ease on Downes' single.
Buck Farmer started the game for Georgia Tech, and lasted six innings. Farmer gave up five runs on five hits while walking three and striking out six. Farmer received a no-decision.
Alex Cruz, who came on in relief of Farmer, was hung with the loss. Cruz pitched two innings, allowing just three hits and an unearned run while striking out two.
Georgia Tech will look to even up the series on Saturday, when the two teams square off again at 1 p.m. ET.