ACC Baseball Tournament: Georgia Tech refuses to lose, eliminates Louisville in 12
The second-seeded Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets appeared to done multiple times Thursday night, but each time figured out a way to fight back and even things with Louisville, before ultimately defeating the Cardinals.
The Yellow Jackets trailed 6-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning when freshman catcher Kevin Parada hit a three-run blast to even the score.
Two innings later Louisville scratched across a run in the top of the tenth before Drew Compton’s RBI double again tied things up for Georgia Tech, setting the stage for a ridiculous 12th inning.
Louisville again took the lead at 8-7 and Georgia Tech was batting with two outs in the bottom of the 12th when Andrew Jenkins doubled to left-center to tie the game and ultimately win it after the ball rolled past the Louisville centerfielder.
The win moves Georgia Tech to the conference semi-finals where they will play the winner of Thursday night’s No. 3 NC State vs. No. 10 Pitt game.
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|Fri, Feb 19||vs||Eastern Kentucky||12 - 6|
|Sat, Feb 20||vs||Eastern Kentucky||9 - 6|
|Sun, Feb 21||vs||Eastern Kentucky||7 - 1|
|Wed, Feb 24||vs||Mercer||7 - 3|
|Fri, Feb 26||at||NC State||Suspended to 2/27, rain|
|Sat, Feb 27||at||NC State||9 - 2||resumption of suspended game|
|Sat, Feb 27||at||NC State||8 - 3|
|Sun, Feb 28||at||NC State||8 - 4|
|Tue, Mar 2||vs||Georgia State||PPD to 3/3, impending weather|
|Wed, Mar 3||vs||Georgia State||10 - 1||makeup of 3/2 game|
|Fri, Mar 5||vs||Louisville||13 - 6|
|Sat, Mar 6||vs||Louisville||19 - 6|
|Sun, Mar 7||vs||Louisville||13 - 9|
|Fri, Mar 12||vs||Pittsburgh||11 - 9|
|Sat, Mar 13||vs||Pittsburgh||5 - 3|
|Sun, Mar 14||vs||Pittsburgh||18 - 12|
|Wed, Mar 17||vs||Georgia Southern||PPD, impending weather|
|Fri, Mar 19||at||Wake Forest||6 - 2|
|Sat, Mar 20||at||Wake Forest||3 - 1|
|Sun, Mar 21||at||Wake Forest||8 - 1|
|Fri, Mar 26||at||Duke||5 - 2|
|Sat, Mar 27||at||Duke||3 - 0|
|Sun, Mar 28||at||Duke||9 - 7|
|Thu, Apr 1||vs||Virginia||6 - 5|
|Fri, Apr 2||vs||Virginia||8 - 2|
|Sat, Apr 3||vs||Virginia||11 - 4|
|Tue, Apr 6||vs||USC Upstate||9 - 3|
|Fri, Apr 9||at||Notre Dame||10 - 9|
|Sat, Apr 10||at||Notre Dame||7 - 0|
|Sun, Apr 11||at||Notre Dame||4 - 2|
|Tue, Apr 13||vs||Auburn||7 - 3|
|Fri, Apr 16||at||Virginia Tech||15 - 11|
|Sat, Apr 17||at||Virginia Tech||7 - 0|
|Sun, Apr 18||at||Virginia Tech||11 - 4|
|Tue, Apr 20||at||Georgia State||7 - 2|
|Fri, Apr 23||vs||Florida State||9 - 0|
|Sat, Apr 24||vs||Florida State||Suspended to 4/25, inclement weather|
|Sun, Apr 25||vs||Florida State||13 - 10||Resumption of suspended game|
|Sun, Apr 25||vs||Florida State||9 - 8||1,300th career win for Danny Hall|
|Tue, Apr 27||at||Georgia||7 - 5|
|Fri, Apr 30||vs||Kennesaw State||5 - 1|
|Sat, May 1||vs||Kennesaw State||13 - 5|
|Sun, May 2||at||Kennesaw State||10 - 5|
|Fri, May 7||vs||Clemson||6 - 1|
|Sat, May 8||vs||Clemson||6 - 5|
|Sun, May 9||vs||Clemson||9 - 8|
|Fri, May 14||at||Miami||14 - 3|
|Sat, May 15||at||Miami||10 - 3|
|Sun, May 16||at||Miami||5 - 4|
|Tue, May 18||vs||Georgia||7 - 6|
|Thu, May 20||vs||North Carolina||3 - 2|
|Fri, May 21||vs||North Carolina||10 - 9|
|Sat, May 22||vs||North Carolina||10 - 6|
|Wed, May 26||at||Clemson||11 - 5||ACC Tournament, Game 6, Charlotte, NC|
|Thu, May 27||vs||Louisville||9 - 8||ACC Tournament, Game 8, Charlotte, NC|
|Sat, May 29||vs||NC State||8 - 1||ACC Tournament, Game 14, Charlotte, NC|
|Fri, Jun 4||vs||Indiana State||7 - 6||Nashville Regional Game 1|
|Sat, Jun 5||at||Vanderbilt||4 - 3||Nashville Regional Game 4|
|Sun, Jun 6||at||Indiana State||9 - 0||Nashville Regional Game 5 (Indiana State eliminated)|
|Sun, Jun 6||vs||Vanderbilt||14 - 11||Nashville Regional Game 6 (Vanderbilt advances to Super Regional)|
By The Numbers
|Overall Streak||2 Losses|
|Home Streak||2 Losses|
|Road Streak||1 Loss|
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Louisville (28-22) fell to Georgia Tech (29-22) 9-8 in 12 innings, coming on a walk-off RBI double from GT’s Drew Compton.
The loss eliminates Louisville from the ACC Baseball Championship, keeping the Cardinals from their first conference tournament title since 2009. It also leaves Louisville at risk of potentially missing the NCAA Tournament, which would be the second time under Dan McDonnell’s tenure that the Cardinals missed the tournament (not counting the COVID-shortened 2020 season).
Louisville got started early with a two-run homer by Lucas Dunn in the first inning, then Ben Metzinger added an RBI single in the second to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead after two innings. Henry Davis added on with his 15th home run of the season, coming in the third inning on a solo shot that ricocheted off the scoreboard. Louisville’s lead was extended to 4-0 as a result of the Davis homer.
Georgia Tech put themselves on the board in the bottom third inning, coming on a two-run homer from Andrew Jenkins.
Louisville and Georgia Tech traded runs in the fourth inning, as Davis and Luke Waddell drove in runs on an RBI single and sac fly, respectively.
Louisville’s 5-3 lead was extended in the following inning, as Cameron Masterman drove in an RBI single for the Cardinals.
Georgia Tech, however, forced it into extra innings with three runs in the bottom eighth inning. Kevin Parada blasted a three-run homer off Adam Elliott to tie the game at 6-6. Louisville had a chance to take the lead in the top ninth inning with Cooper Bowman at third, but a tag out at home and a strikeout from Levi Usher ended Louisville’s chance at that. Michael Kirian retired the Georgia Tech side in the bottom ninth to push it to extra innings.
After a scoreless tenth inning, Louisville and Georgia Tech traded runs in the 11th. Alex Binelas hit a homer in the top half of the inning, his 19th of the 2021 season and fourth of the ACC Baseball Championship. Drew Compton’s RBI double in the bottom eleventh tied it for the Yellow Jackets, but a groundout and flyout prevented Georgia Tech from walking it off.
Ben Metzinger’s homer in the 12th put Louisville ahead once again, but the Yellow Jackets got the winning runs on a walk-off double from Jenkins and fielding error from Luke Brown that brought home Tres Gonzalez and Justyn-Henry Malloy.
Louisville had great outings from Henry Davis and Lucas Dunn, both with 3-for-7 and 3-for-6 outings at the plate and both hitting a home run. Alex Binelas hit his 19th home run of the season in a 1-for-4 afternoon, while Ben Metzinger was 2-for-6 with two RBIs and a homer from the leadoff spot. Louisville drew a season-high 13 walks in the 12-inning contest with Georgia Tech, but left 14 runners on base.
Kevin Parada and Andrew Jenkins accounted from six of Georgia Tech’s eight RBIs, and hit a double and home run each on 3-for-5 and 3-for-6 afternoons, respectively. Drew Compton also went 3-for-6 with an RBI and two doubles. Tres Gonzalez was 2-for-6 at the plate with a double.
Louisville now must wait until the NCAA Tournament field is announced on Memorial Day to see if they will make the tournament. The field of 64 will be announced at noon on Memorial Day, live on ESPN2.
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ATLANTA – The No. 1 ranked University of Louisville baseball team opened up Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 13-6 victory over No. 10 Georgia Tech on Friday evening.
Michael Kirian (2-0) was dominant in his first career ACC start, allowing just a solo home run in six innings. The southpaw pounded the zone all night, throwing 64 strikes in 83 pitches before handing the ball off to the bullpen.
After struggling to come up with clutch hits on Tuesday, the Louisville (7-2, 1-0 ACC) offense got rolling early on Friday. With a pair of runners in scoring position and two away in the first inning, Cameron Masterman dumped a soft single into shallow left field to give the Cardinals the early lead.
One inning later, the Cardinals sent 11 men to the plate and had five come across the score. Luke Brown singled home a pair with the bases loaded, while Henry Davis, Alex Binelas and Lucas Dunn each added RBIs of their own in the frame.
Georgia Tech (6-3, 3-1) got its only run off Kirian in the bottom of the second, but Louisville kept tacking on runs in the fourth. Dalton Rushing singled through the right side for the first run of the inning and Christian Knapczyk laced a double into the right field corner to bring home two more.
Davis later extended the Cardinals’ lead to 10 with a long home run in the seventh inning, his third of the year.
It appeared Louisville would cruise to the victory, but the Yellow Jackets plated two runs in the seventh and had three across in the eighth to cut the margin to five and still had the bases loaded with nobody out. However, a sharp line drive found the glove of Lucas Dunn and the junior was able to double off the runner at second to slow the threat. Kaleb Corbett then struck out the next batter to stop the rally.
Trey Leonard helped the Cardinals get a couple runs back in the ninth, lifting a two-run homer into the trees beyond the right field wall for his first long ball of the season before Corbett closed out the ninth inning.
Brown, Davis and Leonard all had a pair of hits in the victory, while five different players drove in two runs.
The series continues on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m.
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Louisville Falls to Georgia Tech in Extras in ACC Pool Play
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W: Dawson Brown (2-0), L: Luke Smith (3-4)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Facing Georgia Tech with a trip to the 2021 ACC Baseball Championship semifinals on the line, the Louisville baseball program could not take advantage of a fast start and clutch hitting, falling 9-8 in twelve innings on Thursday at Truist Field.
The Cardinals (28-22, 16-16 ACC) fall to the Yellow Jackets for a third time this season, after they dropped their conference opening series back in March two games to one. Despite losing to Clemson on Wednesday, the Yellow Jackets (29-22, 21-15 ACC) win Pool B due to having the highest seed with all three teams in the pool going 1-1.
Like in their game against the Tigers, Louisville's bats were red hot right out of the gates. They scored the first four runs of the game, and plated a run in each of the first five innings, including two in the first.
Third baseman Lucas Dunn (3-6, HR, 2 RBI, BB) hit a two-run home run, designated hitter Ben Metzinger (2-6, HR, 2 RBI, BB, 2 R) collected an RBI single, and catcher Henry Davis (3-7, HR, 2 RBI, BB) launched a solo homer to open up the scoring in the contest.
Making just his second start of the season, right-hander Jared Poland (4.0 IP, 4 K, 6 H, 2 BB, 3 ER) delivered a couple scoreless innings before Georgia Tech started to catch up to him. They plated two in the third, one in the fourth, and eventually chased him out in the fifth.
While the Ramblin' Wreck was attempting to chip into the deficit, Louisville was keeping pace. Davis drove in his second run of the day with an RBI single in the fourth, as did outfielder Cam Masterman (1-2, RBI, BB) in the fifth.
Left-handed reliever Tate Kuehner (3.0 IP, 2 K, 3 H, 2 BB) faced a pair of jams during his outing, one inherited from Poland in the fifth and one created himself in the sixth, but both times was able to get out of the inning without surrendering a run.
In the second half of the game, Louisville's offense started to cool down, as runners left on base and base running miscues started to pile up. The Cardinals left multiple runners on base four times, eleven for the game, and were caught stealing or picked off five times.
Georgia Tech took advantage of the lull in offense by Louisville. After lefty Adam Elliott (0.1 IP, 1 K, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 ER) was inserted in the eighth, assisted by a crucial leadoff fielding error from Dunn, the Jackets smacked a three-run blast to tie the game.
Once fellow southpaw Michael Kirian (3.2 IP, 4 K, 3 H, 1 ER) took to the mound, he was able to keep the game scoreless long enough to take the game into extras. Despite a solo home run from first baseman Alex Binelas (1-4, HR, RBI, 2 BB) in the 11th, the Jackets answered with an RBI double in the bottom of the frame.
Metzinger hit a solo homer of his own in the 12th, but Georgia Tech again had an answer. Relieving lefty Garrett Schmeltz (0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER) after he had started the 12th, right-hander Luke Smith (0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB) gave up a walk and RBI double, with a throwing error by Luke Brown allowing the Jackets to plate the winning run.
Next up for Louisville, they will wait on their NCAA Tournament fate in hopes of grabbing one fo the final at-large bids on Selection Monday. It will air on Monday, May 31 at 12:00 p.m. EST on ESPN2.
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The Louisville baseball team was eliminated from the ACC tournament via a soul-crushing 9-8 extra inning loss to second-seeded Georgia Tech Thursday afternoon/evening in Charlotte.
The loss leaves the Cards squarely and uncomfortably on the NCAA tournament bubble heading into Monday’s revealing of the field of 64.
U of L appeared to be coasting to victory for most of the afternoon, but a handful of self-inflicted blunders (especially on the basepaths) opened the door for a disastrous home half of the 8th inning. An error by Lucas Dunn and then a one-out walk by Adam Elliott set the stage for Georgia Tech’s Kevin Parada, who smashed a three-run home run over the fence in left center to completely swing the game’s momentum and knot the score at 6-6.
Neither team was able to draw blood in the 9th or 10th innings, although a Parada double did force Michael Kirian to come up with a gutty strikeout to move the game to the 11th. In the visitor’s half of that frame, Alex Binelas hit a two-out moonshot that may not have landed yet.
Kirian, who entered the game in the 8th after Parada’s home run, could not close the door on the Jackets. After a replay review that appeared to show a Georgia Tech runner was out at first was not overturned, Tech’s Drew Compton laced a double that evened the score back up at 7-7.
A seemingly obvious replay review going against Louisville and biting the Cards badly in an extra inning postseason game? Weird. Super weird.
Louisville answered yet again in the top of the 12th, when designated hitter Ben Metzinger drilled a solo shot to put the good guys back in front. Metzinger entered this tournament with zero home runs on the season, and then proceeded to belt three in two games.
Lefty Garrett Schmeltz started the 12th for U of L, but was lifted for Luke Smith after allowing a one-out single. Smith was able to retire the red-hot Parada on a groundout, but a five-pitch walk extended the inning. Georgia Tech’s Andrew Jenkins then laced a single just over the glove of Cardinal shortstop Christian Knapczyk. The ball was misplayed in center field by Luke Brown, allowing both Yellow Jacket runners to score and end the game.
All three teams in Pool B finished with 1-1 records, but the ACC’s tiebreaker rules advance the highest-seeded team in that situation. Georgia Tech will face the winner of Pool C in the semifinals at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
For Louisville, the wait until Monday will be lengthy and excruciating.
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Final: Louisville falls to Georgia Tech 9-8 in 12 innings, eliminated from ACC tourney
CHARLOTTE, NC - The game lasted more than five hours as Louisville and Georgia Tech battled through 12 innings. The Yellow Jackets scored a pair in the bottom of the 12th for a 9-8 win and end the Cardinals run in the ACC Baseball Championship.
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** 12th INNING :
Top: Christian Knapczyk strikes out, but Ben Metzinger hits a solo home run to left. That marks his third home run of the tournament. Luke Brown groundout. Henry Davis single up the middle. Lucas Dunn groundout ends top half.
Bottom: Garrett Schmeltz takes the mound in the 12th. Groundout to Cooper Bowman for the first out. Single brings Luke Smith out of the pen to pitch - his first action since Duke series. Groundout to third for second out. A walk puts a pair on for the Jackets.
** 11th INNING : 7-7
Top: Henry Davis with a fly out to deep center. Lucas Dunn fly out to center. Alex Binelas solo home run to right, his fourth long ball of the tournament. Cooper Bowman with a single to left-center. Bowman advances to second on a throwing miscue. Trey Leonard granted an intentional walk. Levi Usher strikes out.
Bottom: Leadoff single is erased on a fielder's choice at second, allowing another runner to reach safetly. A deep shot to center off the wall drives in the tying run. Infield out to Kirian. Trey Leonard with a catch in deep left for final out.
** 10th INNING : 6-6
Top: Christian Knapczyk groundout. Ben Metzinger fly out in deep right. Luke Brown fly out to left.
Bottom: Michael Kirian gets his third straight strikeout to start the bottom half. Pop out to Lucas Dunn. Parada with a two-out double. Levi Usher catches a fly ball in right to end the 10th.
** 9th INNING : 6-6
Top: Cooper Bowman draws a leadoff walk, steals second. Trey Leonard sac bunt moves Bowman to third. Squeeze play called, but Bowman called out at play. Catcher dropped the ball, but ruling upheld. Usher strikes out.
Bottom: Luke Brown with a catch in deep center. Kirian gets a strikeout for the second out.
** 8th INNING : 6-6
Top: Henry Davis foul pop to first. Lucas Dunn draws a walk, and steals second. Dunn caught trying to steal third. Alex Binelas strikes out to end the top.
Bottom: Lucas Dunn error on grounder allows leadoff batter to reach safely. an McDonnell calls Adam Elliott to the mound for the Cards and gets his first batter swinging. Next batter draws a walk to get two one, with one out. A three-run by Parada ties the game. Michael Kirian enters to pitch and gets a strikeout for an important second out. Groundout to third ends the eighth.
** 7th INNING : UofL 6-3
Top: Trey Leonard leads off inning with a walk. Levi Usher bats for Cam Masterman and lays down a great bunt to reach safely. Christian Knapczyk bunts to move runners up 90 feet. Ben Metzinger, Luke Brown strike out to end top half.
Bottom: Trey Leonard, now in left field, hauls in a fly out to start bottom half. A groundout to third is second out.
** 6th INNING : UofL 6-3
Top: Luke Brown draws a leadoff walk. Henry Davis strikes out. Lucas Dunn pop out in foul territory. Alex Binelas draws a two-out walk. Cooper Bowman fly out registers the first zero in the offensive half for the Cardinals.
Bottom: Leadoff single to right for Tech. Fly out caught in right by Trey Leonard gets the first out. A walk puts two on for the Jackets. Roger Williams visits Kuehner on the mound. Groundout to Kuehner gets the second out, with runners at second and third. Groundout to short ends the threat.
** 5th INNING : UofL 6-3
Top: Lucas Dunn leadoff single to left advances 90 feet when Alex Binelas draws a walk. Copper Bowman hits into a double play, Dunn moves to third. Georgia Tech makes a pitching change, bringing lefty Sam Crawford (5.36) to the mound. Trey Leonard draws a two-out walk. Chris Seng in to run for Masterman. Christian Knapczyk draws a walk to load the bases. Another Tech pitching change, as righty Zach Maxwell (3.58) takes the hill. Ben Metzinger fly out to center to end threat.
Bottom: Poland hits the leadoff batter and his day comes to an end. Dan McDonnell calls Tate Kuehner out of the pen. Hopper in the infield gets by Knapczyk to put runners on the corners. Kuehner registers his back-to-back strikeouts for the first two outs of the bottom half. Alex Binelas grabs a pop foul for the third out as UofL adds another zero for the Jackets.
** 4th INNING : UofL 5-3
Top: Cam Masterman draws a leadoff walk, but he is later out at a second on a fielder's choice with Christian Knapczyk reaches first. Knapczyk steals second and advances to third on a throwing miscue to second. Metzinger draws a walk to put runners on the corners. Henry Davis with a single to left to drive in Ben Metzinger.... Luke Brown tagged out at home.
Bottom: Leadoff triple for Tech as Luke Brown loses the ball in the sun again. Poland gets his fourth strikeout. Sac fly plates a run. Lucas Dunn snags a lin drive to end the frame.
** 3rd INNING : UofL 4-2
Top: Henry Davis drives the ball off the scoreboard for his third home run of the tournament. Lucas Dunn with an infield single that bounced off the pitcher. Alex Binelas strikes out, while Dunn was running. Ball gets away on throw to second as Dunn reaches third. Georgia Tech starter lifted for Andy Archer (4-5, 5.37 ERA). Cooper Bowman strikes out looking. Trey Leonard grounds out to short to end the visitor half.
Bottom: Poland gets his third strikeout to start bottom of the third. Tech's third hit of the day is a single through the middle. Trey Leonard make a catch in right for the second out. Andrew Jenkins with a two-run home run that hits the top of the wall to just escape the park. A two-out single up the middle keeps the rally going. Cam Masterman makes a catch along the left field warning track to end the third.
** 2nd INNING : UofL 3-0
Top: Cooper Bowman draws a leadoff walk, steals second. Trey Leonard pop out to third. Cam Masterman strikes out swinging, with Bowman running. He reaches third safely. Christian Knapczyk hit by pitch to put runners on the corner with the top of the order coming up.
Bottom: Poland registers his second strikeout to start the bottom half. He then made a leaping grab on a infield bouncer and threw out the second hit. Shot to deep center gets lost in the sun and gets by Luke Brown for a double. A four-pitch walk puts a pair on for Tech. Poland threw five straight balls after the double. He fights back to work the count full, but issues a walk to fill the bases. Roger Williams out to chat with Poland. A near duplicate play that started the threat, a deep shot to center, in the sun, was this time caught by Brown against the wall.
** 1st INNING : UofL 2-0
Top: Ben Metzinger fly out to left center to get the game started. Luke Brown draws a one-out walk for the game's first baserunner. Henry Davis swings at a 3-0 count and hits a fly out to right center. Lucas Dunn with a two-run blast to center. Marks the eighth home run by UofL in the tournament. Alex Binelas groudout to end top half.
Bottom: Jared Poland gets a groundout to start the bottom half. Georgia Tech gets its first hit, a one-out double to left. Binelas makes it look easier than it is - backs up to get a high pop out along the first base line.
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