ATLANTA – Georgia Tech pitchers Devin Stanton and Dusty Isaacs limited the Blue Devils to one run on seven hits to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 5-1 victory over the Duke baseball team Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Stanton (2-1) pitched six scoreless innings, striking out four while walking two in the win. Isaacs earned his second save of the season after entering the game in the seventh. He retired five of the first seven batters he faced before yielding a run on two hits in the ninth.
Georgia Tech (18-13, 7-7 ACC) scored three runs in the third inning and two in the seventh to take a 5-0 lead into the final frame. The Yellow Jackets totaled 11 of their 12 hits from the third to the seventh innings while also keeping the Blue Devils hitless during that span to take control of the ballgame.
Junior Andrew Istler (3-4) took the loss after allowing five runs on 11 hits over 4.1 innings of work. Junior Trent Swart, in his first appearance since Feb. 28, kept Georgia Tech off the board with two hitless innings to start the game. Swart walked two and struck out one batter in his return.
Seven different Blue Devils registered a hit with Jordan Betts’ recording his 13th RBI of the 2014 campaign on a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Four Yellow Jackets tallied multiple hits, led by Matt Gonzalez and A.J. Murray with three each. Murray added three RBI while Gonzalez also scored two runs.
Duke (17-15, 7-7 ACC) had its chances for an early lead with runners in scoring position twice during the opening three frames. In the top of the second, redshirt senior Ryan Deitrich beat out an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by Georgia Tech second baseman Mott Hyde. Leftfielder Gonzalez threw out Deitrich, trying to score on a David Perkins base knock, in a close play at the plate to end the threat.
Senior Mark Lumpa reached base for the 19th straight game with a walk in the third and Aaron Cohn was hit by a pitch before Stanton got the strikeout to conclude the frame. A leadoff walk in the fourth marked Duke’s last baserunner until Kenny Koplove singled in the eighth.
“When we didn’t get the call to go our way at the plate, I didn’t think we fought as good as we should have from that point on,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “We’ve got to be tough enough for a call like that to go against us, and then really battle and have a great offensive approach. We’ve got to do a better job of fighting one at bat at a time.”
Third baseman Brandon Gold greeted Istler with a base hit to kick off a five-hit, three-run third. Hyde and Thomas Smith both added RBI singles, while Murray ripped an RBI double to right center before Istler worked out of the inning.
The 3-0 lead held until the seventh when Georgia Tech struck for two runs on three hits. Consecutive singles from Gonzalez and Smith set the tables for Murray, who drilled a two-run double just inside the left field line.
Redshirt junior Chris Marconcini began the ninth with a base hit and senior Mike Rosenfeld followed suite with a base knock of his own. With runners on second and third, Betts sent a ball to deep right center, scoring Marconcini. Isaacs ended the threat, and the game, with a pair of pop ups to shortstop Connor Justus, ensuring the series victory for the Yellow Jackets.
The two teams meet in the series finally Sunday at Russ Chandler Stadium. Originally slated for a 1 p.m. start, the game has been moved up to 12 p.m. due to impending rain.