The Yellow Jackets fell victim to a complete-game shutout by Duke pitcher Drew Van Orden, who gave up just five hits and struck out eight while walking just one. The Blue Devils’ 14 hits included three home runs. The loss ended Tech’s four-game winning streak.
Tech and Duke are both 1-1 in pool play. To reach Sunday’s championship game, ninth-seeded Tech will need to beat Clemson (3 p.m., Fox Sports South) and have Miami beat Duke on Saturday. A loss will eliminate Tech from contention. Friday’s game will be the first meeting of the season between Tech and Clemson. The two didn’t meet in the regular season for the first time since 1973.