Campbell, which held No. 3 starter Aaron Rund out of the game apparently in hopes for saving him for a potential matchup with the Volunteers, saw its gamble backfire. Tech hammered Campbell for 19 hits, piling up 10 runs on starter Jonathan Beyer in less than four innings, and scored in seven of its nine turns at-bat.
Siegel’s role began in the bottom of the third, when he took over for struggling starter Marquis Grissom Jr. with the Jackets ahead 7-4. There were two on and two out when Siegel took the ball from Grissom, and he was successful in recording the third out with just one pitch.
Against a powerful Campbell lineup, Siegel powered through the final 6 ⅓ innings, throwing 98 pitches. Siegel held the Camels to three hits and kept them scoreless until the ninth inning, far exceeding his previous career highs for innings (three) and pitches (54).
In finishing the game, Siegel enabled Tech to not have to dip into its bullpen ahead of the Sunday night matchup with the Volunteers.
The win was also No. 1,348 in the career of Tech coach Danny Hall, making him the winningest active coach at all NCAA levels.
Simpson was the game’s dominant force. He singled sharply in the first, went to third when a pickoff throw to first was errant and then scored on an Andrew Jenkins sacrifice fly.
In the top of the second, Simpson pulled a single to right, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error and scored on a ground-rule double by Kevin Parada.
In the top of the fourth, he slapped a double down the third-base line, moved to third on a Parada groundout and scored on another Jenkins sacrifice fly.
In the top of the fifth, he laid down a bunt and reached first without even drawing a throw, stole second and scored on a single by Parada. As a team, Tech stole seven bases, its most in a game since at least 2002.
In the bottom of the fifth, Simpson added the defensive play of the game, diving to his right at second base to smother a hard-hit ground ball and initiate a 4-6-3 double play with shortstop Jadyn Jackson.
Simpson, a St. Pius graduate, came to bat in the top of the eighth with a chance to tie the school record for hits in a game but was finally retired, flying out to left.