Georgia Tech remains alive in regional with win over Jacksonville State

June 1, 2014 

OXFORD, Miss. -- Matt Gonzalez hit a two-run double in the top of the ninth inning to lead Georgia Tech to a 4-2 victory over Jacksonville State in the second round of the NCAA tournament's Oxford Regional.

Georgia Tech (37-26) played the loser of Mississippi and Washington on Sunday night for a berth in Monday's championship round. Jacksonville State (36-27) was eliminated from the regional.

"I thought that was a very well-played game and as most of our games have been this year, seems like they all come down to somebody getting a hit and somebody making a pitch," Tech coach Danny Hall said in a news release. "I was very pleased with our pitching. And it was a great two-out rally and we're happy to have the chance to play again."

Gonzalez's double off Travis Stout broke a 1-1 tie, and Thomas Smith had a run-scoring single during the next at-bat. Gonzalez was 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Smith finished with a team-high three hits.

Daniel Spingola and Mott Hyde hit back-to-back singles before Gonzalez doubled into right center. The Jackets were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position prior to Gonzalez's hit.

"We just couldn't get the key hit," Hall said. "We were getting guys in scoring position. When you get them there, you're hoping that somebody steps up and gets a hit. We couldn't do it. You give them some credit for making pitches when they needed to."

Dusty Isaacs (8-5) earned the win for Georgia Tech. He pitched the final 1 1-3 innings. Isaacs came into the game with two runners on in the eighth and recorded the final out to leave the runners on.

Jacksonville State rallied for one run in the bottom of the ninth, but left two men on base when Eddie Mora-Loera flied out to center field. Griff Gordon, Paschal Petrongolo, Andre Bishop and Tyler Gamble all had two hits.

The Gamecocks put together three straight singles to score a run in the fourth off Tech starter Devin Stanton. Ryan Sebra drove in the game's first run. But Stanton got a double play to end the inning.

Tech tied the game in the fifth. Ryan Peurifoy tripled to right to lead off. Mitch Earnest drove him in with a sacrifice fly.

Peurifoy, the right fielder for Tech, also made a key defensive play in the seventh as he threw out Tyler Gamble, who was trying to go from first to third on a single.

"That was clutch, big time" said Gonzalez of Peurifoy's throw. "He's just got a great arm and that was definitely a turning point in the game, for sure."

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