BSB: Ninth-inning homer sends Georgia Tech past Duke
Posted May 14
Tied 3-3 heading to the ninth, Georgia Tech's Ryan Peurifoy lifted a two-run home run to help the Yellow Jackets avoid a sweep with a 5-3 decision over Duke Sunday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field.
Yellow Jacket sophomore right-hander Jake Lee (4-2) recorded his first career complete game in the winning effort. Lee took a no hitter into the sixth before Duke (26-25, 11-16 ACC) collected five hits over the final four frames. He allowed three runs (two earned), struck out four and walked one.
“I thought we had a chance there in the seventh to get Lee out of the ballgame and he just bowed his neck,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “He's just a competitor. He has good sink on his fastball and he throws his breaking ball for strikes.”
Duke's Adam Laskey collected his third quality start of the season in the no decision. Laskey allowed two runs on six hits over six innings. He struck out six and walked three.
“Lee and Laskey both pitched great,” Pollard added. “Both competed well and matched each other. I thought Adam threw his best game of the year. Really electric with the fastball which made his changeup better. Really executed pitches in key spots.”
Georgia Tech (25-24, 10-17 ACC) twice took a lead that Duke answered before going ahead for good in the ninth.
Chase Murray and Brandt Stallings notched back-to-back two-out doubles in the second to plate the games' initial tally.
The 1-0 Tech advantage stood until the sixth as Lee perplexed Duke for five scoreless innings. Sophomore Kennie Taylor roped a two-out double to left to end Lee's bid for a no hitter. After sophomore Zack Kone reached on an error, Taylor slid across home plate before the Yellow Jackets could catch Kone, tying the game 1-1-.
Kyle McCann's eighth home run of the season led off the seventh, once again giving Georgia Tech a lead. After a Wade Bailey walk, Trevor Craport belted an RBI double off the center field wall to establish a 3-1 lead.
Once again, Duke responded. Junior Max Miller's first career home run kicked off the bottom of the seventh, surpassing the left field wall for a leadoff solo shot. Graduate student Jalen Phillips then laced a double down the line before Chris Proctor laid down a successful sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Herron was able to rip an RBI single through the left side, once again tying the game 3-3.
On in relief, junior Jack Labosky (2-4) hit Trevor Craport with a pitch before Peurifoy sent his 0-1 offering out of the yard, putting Georgia Tech ahead, 5-3.
Lee tossed a clean ninth to preserve both the win and the complete game.
Duke hosts Liberty at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in its final midweek contest of the season Tuesday, May 16. The Blue Devils then travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face North Carolina Thursday-Saturday, May 18-20 to close out the regular season.