Georgia Tech’s Mott Hyde stole home in the top of the 15th inning for the game-winning run in a 6-5 victory over N.C. State Thursday in the ACC baseball tournament in Durham.
It was just the second time the Jackets have stolen home since the 1980s, according to Tech’s research department, but the first time they’ve won a game by doing so. They stole home once in the ’80s and again in the ’90s. No player stole home between the 1950s and ’70s.
The game lasted five hours, seven minutes and the number of innings set an ACC tournament record. It ended at 12:32 a.m.
More importantly, the Jackets are still playing.
Hyde reached on a double, and advanced to third on a groundout. Hyde stole home with a 2-1 count on Wolfpack reliever Jonathan Ogburn. Hyde slid under the tag. He had five stolen bases before Thursday’s game.
The Yellow Jackets’ victory was their 40th this season, making it the 22nd year that the team has reached the 40-win plateau.
Matthew Grimes (7-3) picked up his his seventh victory of the season.
UPDATE: Tech will play No. 3 seed Florida State at 9 a.m. Saturday (moved because of rain Friday). The Jackets need to defeat the Seminoles, and hope N.C. State defeats Clemson later Saturday, to advance to Sunday’s championship game.
– Doug Roberson, AJC