No. 16 Georgia Tech Uses Five-Run Fifth To Defeat St. John's, 10-1|
Feb. 24, 2013
ATLANTA - St. John's trailed just 3-1 heading to the bottom of the fifth, but No. 16 Georgia Tech broke through for a five-run fifth frame en route to a series-clinching 10-1 win. Frank Schwindel finished 2-for-3 with an RBI to pace St. John's (1-6), while Sean O'Hare was 1-for-3 with a double and Ty Blankmeyer was 1-for-4 with a run scored in his collegiate-debut. Starter Ryan McCormick (0-1) took the loss, allowing three runs in 4.0 innings of action. Matt Gonzalez finished 3-for-4 with three RBI to lead Georgia Tech (6-1) and Cole Pitts (2-0) worked 6.0 innings of one-run ball to earn the win.
Georgia Tech got out of the first inning with a double play and then took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the frame. Kyle Wren led off with a double before advancing to third on a groundout. Brandon Thomas followed with an RBI single before Daniel Palka singled to set up runners on first and third. After a walk loaded the bases, Zane Evans lifted a sacrifice fly into right field.
St. John's got on the board with a run in the fourth inning to make it a 2-1 game. After Blankmeyer singled to open the inning, O'Hare doubled to give the Red Storm runners on second and third with no outs. Schwindel plated a run with a sacrifice fly before an infield single from Danny Bethea set up runners on the corners with two outs, but Pitts retired the next batter to end the inning.
The Yellow Jackets got the run back, however, in the bottom of the frame. After Gonzalez reached on a one-out single and stole second, Mott Hyde lined an RBI single into left field to make it a 3-1 score.
Georgia Tech broke open the game with a five-run fifth against the St. John's bullpen. Matt Clancy entered the game in relief of McCormick and allowed a leadoff single to Sam Dove before walking Thomas. Palka followed with an RBI single before Evans walked and Gonzalez cleared the bases with a three-run double. After Gonzalez stole third, Hyde drew a walk to chase Clancy from the game. Anthony Rosati entered and allowed a sacrifice fly to Connor Lynch before inducing a flyout to end the inning.
The Yellow Jackets added two more runs in the eighth on a pair of sacrifice flies for the final 10-1 margin.
St. John's was retired in order in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth frames as Georgia Tech pitching retired 15-straight batters before Pat Talbut and Schwindel put together back-to-back two-out singles in the ninth.
St. John's returns to action on Feb. 26 for a 3 p.m. game at No. 1 North Carolina.