Atlanta, Ga. – Eighth-ranked Georgia Tech finished off a three-game nonconference series sweep of Western Carolina on Sunday afternoon, limiting the Catamounts to a run on five hits in a 14-1 victory at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Daylan Nanny legged out his 19th double of the year in a 1-for-4 showing, extending his active hitting streak to 10-straight games. Nanny reached base twice to lead the Catamounts, adding a seventh inning walk. Andrew Bullock doubled in a 1-for-4 performance while Luke Robinson stretched his active hitting streak to eight with a single in the second inning, finishing 1-for-3.
WCU’s only run of the day scored in the third inning to make it 3-1 early. Jones was plunked by a pitch to lead-off the frame with Will Prater drawing a walk to put two aboard. Nanny then drove a shot to the gap in left center field where the ball tipped off the glove of Nick Wilhite on a dropped fly ball. Seeing the error, Jones, who was between second and third, plunged through the bag at third to score before the relay throw back to the infield. Despite having two on with nobody out, the Catamounts were unable to apply any additional pressure to the home squad, going in order after the miscue.
With the Catamounts within two runs through three and a half, Georgia Tech went on to outscore WCU 11-to-0 over the final six frames including a seven-run fourth and four runs in the sixth to complete the sweep and hand WCU its fifth straight loss on the season.
Left-hander Ty McCulloch (1-3) pitched well through three-plus innings before the Yellow Jackets managed to get to him, chasing him in the fourth inning. He was saddled with 10 runs on eight hits, walking four while striking out three. Joe Vranesic tossed three and a third, allowing four runs on six hits with three strikeouts against a walk before Taylor Purus closed the final inning, walking and striking out one in an inning of hitless, scoreless relief.
GT’s Cole Roedig (2-1) struck out six over a five inning effort, allowing one unearned run while scattering three hits. Jonathan Hughes and Hugh Chapman both tossed a pair of relief innings, combining for five strikeouts while only allowing a hit apiece.
Five Yellow Jackets posted two-hits apiece Kyle McCann driving in a pair on a two-run home run in the first inning while Austin Wilhite doubled twice in a 2-for-4 showing while Nick Wilhite tallied a pair of RBI singles in the No. 9 spot in the lineup. Outfielder Baron Radcliff belted a three-run home run in the seven-run fourth inning for Georgia Tech.
Western Carolina (18-25, 7-11 SoCon) breaks for final exams next week before return to action in Southern Conference play at league-leader, Samford (34-15, 14-4 SoCon) for a three-game series in Birmingham, Ala.