Marcus Stroman struck out 12 batters and held No. 21 Georgia Tech scoreless until the eighth inning in a 1-0 loss to the Yellow Jackets in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.ATLANTA, Ga. – Junior right-hander
Stroman (3-3) held Georgia Tech to one run on six hits in 7.2 innings of work. He struck out eight of the nine Jackets in the lineup and struck out five of Tech’s hitters twice without issuing a walk. The 12 strikeouts marked the seventh double-digit strikeout game of Stroman’s career and his third-highest strikeout total in a single game.
Stroman now has 72 strikeouts in 49 innings, good for a 13.22 strikeouts per nine innings rate. He lowered his season ERA to 2.57 and his ERA in ACC games to 2.70. In his four ACC starts, Stroman has 42 strikeouts compared to just six walks.
After giving up a leadoff single to center fielder Kyle Wren in the bottom of the first, Stroman retired the next 16 batters that he faced. Stroman had 1-2-3 innings in the second through fifth frames and again in the seventh. He struck out the side in the fifth and had a pair of strikeouts in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings.
As good as Stroman was, Georgia Tech’s starter Buck Farmer was just a little bit better. Farmer (5-2) pitched a complete game three-hit shutout. Farmer had 11 strikeouts without giving up a walk on the afternoon.
It was the third career complete game for Farmer, while the 11 strikeouts were two shy of his career high. He retired the Blue Devils in order in six of his nine innings and got out of bases-loaded jams in both the fourth and fifth innings. Farmer retired the final 13 batters that he faced to finish off his complete game gem.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Georgia Tech got three consecutive singles to load the bases. Stroman then struck out third baseman Sam Dove and first baseman Jake Davies to get out of the bases-loaded jam to keep the game knotted at 0-0.
Georgia Tech (17-10, 5-5 ACC) finally broke through in the bottom of the eighth, scoring on a two-out RBI-double by left fielder Brandon Thomas.
Left fielder Andrew Istler, second baseman Andy Perez and shortstop Angelo La Bruna had the three hits for Duke (11-16, 4-6 ACC). Perez’s hit was a double, Duke’s only extra base hit of the game.
Senior David Putman came on in relief of Stroman with two outs in the eighth and struck out the only batter he faced.