Georgia Tech heads into a six-round opener and cruises to an easy win

Georgia Tech slaughtered the Pitt Panthers for six runs on six hits in the first inning as they cruised to a 19-3 win Friday night.

The Yellow Jackets started the game with singles from Chandler Simpson. After stealing second base, Kelvin Prada tagged Simpson to make it 1-0. After Prada advanced to second base on wild pitch, Andrew Jenkins picked out center, scoring Prada. Two batters later, Tim Borden doubled which scored Jenkins. Then Tim Borden hit a two-run homer from Billy Cochran to right field to make it 5-0. Then next hitter Drew Compton hit a solo home run to make it 6-0 late in the first inning.

The Yellow Jackets (32-21 overall, 14-15 ACC) scored two runs in the second inning, one run in the fourth, two in the fifth, four in the seventh, one in the eighth and three in the ninth.

The most notable moment of the Yellow Jackets’ onslaught was Prada tying the single-season school record for home runs when he homered Kyle Demi in the seventh inning. Prada was recently nominated for Dick Houser and Buster Posey awards as one of the best catchers in the country, but also the best players in the country.

Marquis Grissom Jr went six innings, allowed two runs on three hits, struck out ten, and walked three.

Josh Overbrook hit Pitt’s lone homer in the eighth inning, and Dom Popa recorded an RBI double for the Panthers (27-25 overall, 14-14 ACC).

The Pitt Panthers will get a chance to bounce back against Tech in their regular season finale on Saturday at Charles L. Cost Field.

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