LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Junior left-handed pitcher Connor Thomas (three-1) used simply ninety-six pitches to throw a whole-game shutout in opposition to No. Four Louisville as Georgia Tech baseball clinched the series with a four-zero win on Saturday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium. The Yellow Jackets (16-7, 5-3 ACC) used a -run homer by using Baron Radcliff, who persevered his sturdy weekend, even as also getting three hits through Luke Waddell and hits from Michael Goldberg. Tech additionally manufactured offense off an Oscar Serratos sac fly and a Colin Hall RBI single to provide respiratory room.
The Cardinals (17-6, five-3 ACC) were held to just five hits normal, highlighted via Danny Oriente double, as Thomas retired thirteen instantly batters over the direction of the sport. Louisville’s Nick Bennett (4-1) took the loss at the day, surrendering 3 runs on four hits in six innings. They went to the bullpen three times during the day, with Shay Smiddy being the handiest (1.Zero IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K). The Yellow Jackets will appear to close out the collection against the fourth-ranked Cardinals in the series finale on Sunday. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.M. And will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra.
The win marks the 0.33 victory for Georgia Tech over a top-five opponent this season and the first series win over a top-5 opponent because the Jackets took two of three from No. Three North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 2016 (March 24-26). Georgia Tech has now gained five instantly games and is 7-3 in its ultimate 10. Connor Thomas’ complete game is the fourth of his profession. He now ranks tied-5th in career entire games during the Danny Hall generation (ties Kyle Bakker).
Thomas’ whole-sport shutout is the first because teammate Xzavion Curry went the distance against Wake Forest on April 27, 2018, and the second one since 2013 (Josh Heddinger vs. Vanderbilt in Nashville Regional). The ninety-six-pitch whole recreations are the maximum green of Thomas’ career (prev. 111 pitches vs. Virginia – May 12, 2018). Thomas labored in low counts the whole sport, only surrendering three-ball counts all day. Baron Radcliff is now hitting 4-for-6 at the collection with two domestic runs, three RBI.
OAK BROOK — The superintendent of Norridge Elementary District eighty, who starts offevolved work July 1 as superintendent of Butler Elementary District fifty-three in Oak Brook, played minor league baseball for six seasons within the Houston Astros farm machine, advancing as far as Class AA baseball. O’Malley, forty-six, has enjoyed baseball for so long as he can don’t forget. He changed into a young people participant in Skokie and a celeb pitcher for Niles North High School earlier than graduating in 1991. The proper-hander went directly to megastar on the mound for three seasons at Illinois State University and led the Redbirds in innings pitched in each 1993 and 1994.O’Malley received 36 video games in the course of his minor league profession.
He turned into an all-convention pitcher in 1993 within the Missouri Valley Conference. But the father of sons never was allowed to pitch inside the essential leagues. “I would not do something otherwise if I needed to do it all another time,” O’Malley stated. “I love baseball, but I, without a doubt, went to Illinois State to turn out to be a teacher. I in no way thought I’d be drafted by way of a seasoned team. However, I did properly in university, and in my junior yr at Illinois State, I turned into contact by using almost each Major League group.”