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Junior left-handed pitcher Connor Thomas fell just shy of a complete game as Georgia Tech baseball dropped a 6-5 heartbreaker to Auburn in the NCAA Atlanta Regional Saturday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The Yellow Jackets’ (42-18) starter allowed just earned run over his 8 2/3 innings pitched, striking out six and walking none as he received just his second loss of the year. The Tigers’ (35-25) RHP Richard Fitts (4-3) got the win in relief, throwing six innings, surrendering just four hits and no runs.

At the plate, Tech jumped out to a big 5-1 lead, led by another strong day from Tristin English, who finished 3-for-3 on the night with a double and two runs. In all, seven of Tech’s nine in the lineup finished with a hit with Luke Waddell, Colin Hall, Jackson Webb and Nick Wilhite driving in a run apiece.

The Tigers were led offensively by three multi-hit players with Steven Williams hitting the three-run walk-off homer in the ninth.

The Yellow Jackets will play again on Sunday against third-seeded Coastal Carolina. First pitch is scheduled for noon. The winner faces Auburn at 6 p.m.

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