ATLANTA – Georgia Tech scored seven combined runs in the second and third then held off No. 10 Duke the rest of the way to claim an 9-6 victory over the Blue Devils in the series opener Thursday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Eight of the Yellow Jackets’ 13 hits came either in the second or the third as Georgia Tech (30-24, 13-15 ACC) transformed a three-run deficit into a four-run lead during that span. Duke (38-12, 17-10 ACC) blasted a season-high four home runs, but could not overcome the deficit in the end.
Sophomore Graeme Stinson came in and pitched 4.1 innings of one-run relief to keep the game in check, giving Duke a chance to rally. Stinson fanned eight batters without issuing a walk and allowed one run on three hits.
In the top of the first, Jimmy Herron doubled and scored before the game was delayed 2:10 three batters in due to lightning in the area.
Following the first, all Duke’s remaining runs came via the longball. Kennie Taylor homered twice – once in the second and again in the third -- while Griffin Conine launched a sixth-inning solo shot and Jack Labosky added one in the seventh. Three of the Blue Devils’ homers were solo shots, limiting the damage. Georgia Tech picked up a run in the sixth and another in the eighth to fend off the Blue Devils.
Duke starter Mitch Stallings (3-4) did not last the third, yielding seven runs on nine hits over 2.2 innings in the loss. Georgia Tech’s Xzavion Curry (8-3) surrendered five runs on six hits over six complete to earn the win. He struck out 10 and walked one before turning the game over to reliever Andy Archer, who pitched the final three frames for his third save of the season.
Duke and Georgia Tech resume the series at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 18 on ACC Network Extra.