GREENSBORO, N.C. — Zane Evans homered and drove in six runs and Georgia Tech routed Virginia 17-5 to remain unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament.
Mott Hyde and Jake Davies each homered and drove in three runs on Friday.
The Yellow Jackets (34-24) scored six runs in the third inning, then added four runs in the fourth to build a 10-3 lead and claimed a mercy-rule-shortened victory.
For Georgia Tech, the 17 runs are a season-high and the most in ACC Tournament play since beating North Carolina State, by the same score in 2010.
Eighth-seeded Georgia Tech is in control of Pool A and will earn a spot in the championship round with a win today vs. Clemson. The Tigers rallied past Florida State 9-7 on a Friday.
Brandon Downes had an RBI single and Keith Werman added a run-scoring sacrifice bunt for the fourth-seeded Cavaliers (37-17-1), who led 3-0 in the third before Georgia Tech erupted.
The Yellow Jackets sent 10 batters to the plate in the sixth-run third inning, and never looked back behind right-hander Cole Pitts (6-4). The freshman worked five innings, allowed eight hits and four runs – two earned – to earn his second-consecutive win. Dusty Isaacs closed out the final two innings.
“That was a great game for us, obviously,” Yellow Jackets coach Danny Hall said. “Once we got the lead, we really swung the bats well. We had some great at bats, and I thought Cole really settled in. He got some big outs when he needed with guys in scoring position, and then our offense took over from there.”
In two tournament games, Davies is 4 for 6 with seven RBI for the Yellow Jackets.
Virginia starter Scott Silverstein was tagged with the loss (2-5) after yielding four hits and four runs in 2⅓ innings.