April 4, 2001

MURTON POWERS TECH PAST GEORGIA STATE 23-4

ATLANTA - Freshman Matt Murton homered twice and drove in eight runs and Georgia Tech (24-7) used an 11-run third inning as the third-ranked Yellow Jackets defeated Georgia State (14-18), 23-4, on Wednesday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Tech starter Brian Sager (2-0) picked up the win after tossing four hitless and scoreless innings in a scheduled staff day that featured six Yellow Jacket pitchers. Sager allowed just two baserunners and struck out six.

Georgia State's Jason Payne (0-1) suffered the loss after surrendering eight runs on eight hits in 2.1 innings.

Murton finished with three hits in four at bats, including a pair of three run homers in the 11-run third inning. He added a RBI groundout in the first inning and a RBI double in the fourth.

The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning before putting the game away in the third by stretching the lead to 13-0. Tech added five more runs in the fourth and topped off the evening with a five-run eighth inning.

Six different Yellow Jackets had at least two hits in the game, led by a 4-for-6 performance from Richard Lewis. Wes Rynders and Brian Jackson both had three hits, while Victor Menocal and Jason Basil each added two hits and two RBI. In all, the Georgia Tech offense pounded out a season-best 25 hits en route to tying a season-high with 23 runs.

Georgia State scored all four of its runs in the top of the eighth, with RBI from Jay Fields, Mic Knox and Paulo Schlosser.

Georgia Tech will visit Duke for a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series beginning on Friday at 7 p.m. at Jack Coombs Field. The game will be broadcast on WREK Radio (91.1 FM in Atlanta).

                               2001 Georgia Tech Baseball
                             GEORGIA STATE at GEORGIA TECH
                              Apr 04, 2001 at Atlanta, Ga.

  GEORGIA STATE 4 (14-18)                       GEORGIA TECH 23 (24-7)
  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
  ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
  Michael Nelson 2b..........  4  1  2  0       Richard Lewis ss/2b........  6  4  4  0
   Brooke Richards 2b........  0  0  0  0       Victor Menocal 3b/ss.......  6  3  2  2
  Jay Fields cf..............  4  1  1  1       Bryan Prince c.............  3  2  1  2
  Mic Knox 1b................  4  1  2  1        Brad Stockton rf..........  2  1  1  0
  Paul Schlosser c/3b........  4  0  1  1       Jason Basil rf/c...........  5  2  2  2
  Clint Mize lf..............  3  0  0  0       Matt Murton dh.............  4  3  3  8
  Shane Robbins rf...........  4  0  0  0        Tyler Parker ph/dh........  2  1  1  2
  Ryan Apple dh..............  2  0  0  0       Derik Goffena 1b...........  2  1  1  0
   Garrett Greer c...........  1  0  0  0        Jason Perry 1b............  2  1  1  2
  Kyle Breitbach 3b/ss.......  3  1  0  0       Jon Henry Kail lf..........  6  2  1  1
  Tom Rispoli ss/p...........  3  0  0  0       Matthew Boggs 2b...........  3  1  1  0
   Corey Chatman ph..........  1  0  0  0        Brian Jackson 3b..........  3  0  3  1
  Jason Payne p..............  0  0  0  0       Wes Rynders cf.............  4  2  3  1
   Andrew Rush p.............  0  0  0  0        Matthew Swain ph/cf.......  2  0  1  1
   Bobby Gresham p...........  0  0  0  0       Brian Sager p..............  0  0  0  0
   Jake Erwin p..............  0  0  0  0        Matt Lorenzo p............  0  0  0  0
                                                 Kyle Bakker p.............  0  0  0  0
                                                 Brian Burks p.............  0  0  0  0
                                                 Aaron Walker p............  0  0  0  0
                                                 Jeff Watchko p............  0  0  0  0
  Totals..................... 33  4  6  3       Totals..................... 50 23 25 22

  Score by Innings                       R  H  E
  ----------------------------------------------
  GEORGIA STATE....... 000    000 040 -  4  6  4
  GEORGIA TECH........ 20(11) 500 05X - 23 25  2
  ----------------------------------------------

  E - Richards, B.(1); Schlosser, P(2); Rispoli, T.; Payne, J.; Menocal, V.; Boggs, M.(3). 
  DP - GEORGIA TECH 2. LOB - GEORGIA ST. 5; GEORGIA TECH 9. 
  2B - Fields, J.(7); Knox, M.(8); Schlosser, P(8); Menocal, V.(9); Murton, M.(7); Parker, T.(4). 
  HR -   Murton, M. 2(4). SF - Prince, B.(4). 
  SB - Mize, C.(4); Rispoli, T.(2); Goffena, D.(4); Rynders, W.(7).

  GEORGIA STATE                  IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Jason Payne  L,0-1.........   2.1  8  8  8  2  0   0  0  0  0   15 17   4  3  75
  Andrew Rush ...............   0.2  4  5  2  1  1   1  0  0  0    7  8   0  1  25
  Bobby Gresham .............   1.0  5  5  5  1  0   0  0  0  0    7  9   1  2  36
  Jake Erwin ................   3.0  2  0  0  0  2   0  0  0  0   11 11   6  1  39
  Tom Rispoli ...............   1.0  6  5  2  1  1   0  0  0  0   10 11   2  0  37

  GEORGIA TECH                   IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Brian Sager  W,2-0.........   4.0  0  0  0  1  6   0  0  0  0   14 15   2  4  62
  Matt Lorenzo ..............   1.0  0  0  0  1  1   0  0  0  0    2  3   0  1  14
  Kyle Bakker ...............   1.0  2  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    4  4   1  1  12
  Brian Burks ...............   1.0  0  0  0  0  2   0  0  0  0    3  3   0  1  10
  Aaron Walker ..............   1.0  4  4  4  1  1   1  0  0  0    7  8   2  0  24
  Jeff Watchko ..............   1.0  0  0  0  0  3   0  0  0  0    3  3   0  0  12

  WP - Rush, A.(3); Walker, A.(1). Inherited runners/scored: Rush, A. 2/2.

  Strikeouts - Knox, M.; Schlosser, P; Mize, C.; Robbins, S. 3; Apple, R. 2; Greer,
  G.; Breitbach, K 2; Rispoli, T.; Chatman, C.; Menocal, V.; Basil, J. 3. 
  Walks - Mize, C.; Apple, R.; Breitbach, K; Lewis, R.; Menocal, V.; Basil, J.; Goffena, D.;
  Perry, J..

  Umpires - Home: Shaun Ferguson  1st: Thomas Price  3rd: Paul Nauert
  Start: 7:02 p.m.  Time: 3:00   Attendance: 755