Baseball Loses Rubber Match To Georgia Tech

CHAPEL HILL – Georgia Tech hit two grand slams, one in the second by Kevin Parada and another in the ninth by Tim Borden, to defeat North Carolina 11-8 at Boshamer Stadium on Easter Sunday, giving the Yellow Jackets a 2-1 series win.

Tech (23-14, 9-9 ACC) scored all its runs off home runs with Borden also hitting a solo homer in the seventh Tres Gonzalez and Colin Hall belted a solo home runs. Borden finished the game 2-for-5 with five RBIs.

Carolina (22-14, 8-10) pounded out 11 hits with four players collecting two hits each. Vance Honeycutt was the lone member of the foursome to get a pair of extra base hits with a double and home run. Danny Serretti had a triple as part of his two-hit game and one of Thomas Frick’s two hits was a double.

The Yellow Jackets got out to a five-run lead, but the Heels scored two in the third inning and two in the fifth inning to make it a one-run game.

Georgia Tech answered back with a pair of solo home runs to push its lead back to three after seven innings, but Alberto Osuna hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth.

Caden O’Brien came on to try to hold the deficit to one run in the ninth but after retiring the first batter he faced, he hit two of the next three batters with an intentional walk sandwiched between. Borden then hit a grand slam to give the Jackets a five-run cushion.

Honeycutt hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but the Heels were unable to push across any more runs.

UNC starter Connor Bovair (2-3) took the loss after allowing three runs on one hit with four walks in an inning pitched, while Dawswon Brown (2-0) earned the victory. John Medish recorded his first career save.

NOTABLE
• Serretti extended his on base streak and hitting streak to 10 games. It’s the first time in his career that he’s hit safely in 10 consecutive games.
• Honeycutt homered for the second straight day after going 14 straight games without a home run.
• Honeycutt, Osuna, and Hunter Stokely had two RBIs each.
• Carolina used seven pitchers with Kyle Mott (2.1) and Davis Palermo (2.0) throwing multiple innings.
• The Diamond Heels have hit multiple home runs in four consecutive games and seven of the last nine games.
• UNC’s 30 runs over the weekend were its most in a three-game weekend series since scoring against Seton Hall during the opening weekend.

HOW IT HAPPENED
• Parada hit a grand slam in the second inning (GT 4, UNC 0).
• Gonzalez hit a solo home run in the top of the third inning (GT 5, UNC 0).
• Triple locks to right field to plate Mac Horvath from first base and scored on a throwing error in the bottom of third (GT 5, UNC 2).
• Stokely laced a two-run single to right field at the bottom of the fifth inning (GT 5, UNC 4).
• Hall hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning (GT 6, UNC 4).
• Borden hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning (GT 7, UNC 4).
• Osuna blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth (GT 7, UNC 6).
• Borden hit a grand slam with one out in the top of the ninth (GT 11, UNC 6).
• Honeycutt smashed a two-run, two out homer in the bottom of the ninth (GT, UNC 8).

UP NEXT
Carolina returns to action Tuesday, April 19, at home against Campbell at 8 pm The game will be televised on the ACC Network.

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