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THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball put on a complete performance when it needed it most, downing North Carolina 10-6 to win the series and capture its second-straight ACC Coastal Division Championship on Saturday afternoon at Mac Nease Baseball Park at Russ Chandler Stadium.

After being recognized on Senior Day, both Luke Waddell and Austin Wilhite combined for big at-bats and big defensive plays, finishing a combined 4-for-8 with four RBI and a double between them. Andrew Jenkins and Stephen Reid also smoked a double RBI apiece to finish with two hits as well. Justyn-Henry Malloy went 2-for-4, while Kevin Parada broke the game open in the third with a bases-clearing three-RBI double in the third.

The Yellow Jackets (28-21, 21-15 ACC) got another terrific start out of true freshman RHP Marquis Grissom, Jr. (1-1), who earned his first collegiate decision after surrendering just two runs on five hits in five innings, striking out two in the process. LHP Josiah Siegel dominated the middle innings, allowing just one run on one hit in 3.0 innings before LHP Dalton Smith came in after UNC got hot to slam the door on three-straight pitches to earn his first save of the season.

The Tar Heels (26-22, 18-18 ACC) were led by Justice Thompson, who finished 2-for-5 with a double and solo home run. RHP Max Alba (2-4) received his fourth loss of the season after allowing two runs on two hits in the second.

Georgia Tech will now head to Charlotte, N.C., where it awaits the final ACC Championship schedule of the round of pool play. Securing the No. 2 seed in the tournament, the Jackets will have seven-seeded Louisville and 11-seeded Clemson in its pool.

Postgame Notes:

  • Georgia Tech wins its second consecutive ACC Coastal Division Championship;
  • Georgia Tech has won six ACC regular season championships and three ACC divisional championships since joining the league in 1985;
  • Only one ACC team has more regular season and division championships than Georgia Tech’s six since 2000 (Florida State, 11);
  • Georgia Tech improves to 80-65 against North Carolina all-time.

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Postgame Press Conference – Coach Hall, Marquis Grissom, Jr., Austin Wilhite

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