May 19, 2001

N.C. STATE ELIMINATES TECH FROM ACC TOURNAMENT 6-4

FORT MILL, S.C. - Colt Morton and Joe Gaetti both hit home runs during a five-run eighth inning rally to lead No. 8 seed NC State (31-28) to a 6-4 win over fourth-seeded Georgia Tech (41-18) in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Knights Castle.

The Wolfpack advance to face Florida State on Saturday at 8 p.m., with the winner of that contest meeting Wake Forest in the championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Yellow Jackets are eliminated from the tournament.

Trailing 4-1 after seven and a half innings, N.C. State mounted a rally by scoring five times in the bottom of the eighth after two outs to make the score 6-4. Colt Morton hit a two-run homer, his 12th of the year, to trim the lead to 4-3. After Justin Riley drew a walk, David Hicks grounded to first base but was called safe after a controversial call where first base umpire Jack Cox signaled pitcher Brian Burks did not touch the bag after receiving the toss from first baseman Jason Perry. The next batter, Joe Gaetti, made the Yellow Jackets pay by blasting a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall for his fifth homer of the year and give the Wolfpack a 6-4 lead. Three of the five runs in the inning were unearned.

"It was obviously a controversial play," said Tech head coach Danny Hall. "I'm not allowed to comment on the call. My pitcher told me he stepped on it. I thought he stepped on it. Bryan Prince thought he stepped on it. Jason Perry thought he stepped on it. Those are the breaks of the game."

Josh Miller (5-4) picked up the win in relief after holding the Yellow Jackets scoreless for the final 4.1 innings of the game. Burks (4-1) took the loss after allowing three unearned runs in the eighth inning.

N.C. State jumped on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Jeremy Dutton led off the inning with a double over the third base bag and came around to score on Sean Walsh's one-out RBI single to center field.

Georgia Tech put three runs on the board in the top of the third to take a 3-1 lead. Matthew Boggs lined a double into the right field corner before coming around to score on Richard Lewis' RBI single to center field. A one-out walk to Matt Murton put runners on first and second before Lewis and Murton both moved up a base on a double steal and then scored on a two-out single from Jason Basil. A sacrifice fly from Basil, who went 2-for-3 in the game, made the score 4-1 in the fifth inning.

Tech starter Philip Perry pitched well, but did not figure in the decision after holding N.C. State to three runs on nine hits in 7.2 innings.

The Yellow Jackets, who were led by two-hit performances from Boggs, Basil and Mark Teixeira, had plenty of opportunities to break the game open in the middle innings but stranded 11 runners on base in the game.

"Even above that play, we left too many guys on," said Hall. We had a lot of chances to break the game open. That is really the story. The story is not that call. We couldn't get the hit to break the game open."

"There is nothing left to do but regroup. We'll take a day off and rest and see where we are going on Monday. We've got to go to work on getting better by next Friday."


                      2001 Georgia Tech Baseball
                      GEORGIA TECH vs N.C. STATE
           May 19, 2001 at Fort Mill, S.C. (Knights Castle)

GEORGIA TECH 4 (41-18)               N.C. STATE 6 (31-28)
                  AB  R  H RBI                         AB  R  H RBI
Boggs, M. 2b       4  1  2  0        Dutton 2b          5  1  2  0 
Lewis, R. ss       5  1  1  1        Wright lf          3  1  1  0 
Teixeira, M. dh    4  0  2  0        Walsh 3b           5  0  1  1 
 Swain, M. pr      0  0  0  0        Shearin rf         4  0  0  0 
Murton, M. lf      4  2  1  0        Morton c           4  1  1  2 
Stockton, B. rf    5  0  1  0        Riley dh           3  0  1  0 
Basil, J. cf       4  0  2  3        Pruitt pr/dh       0  1  0  0 
Perry, J. 1b       3  0  0  0        Hicks 1b           4  0  0  0 
Prince, B. c       3  0  1  0         Mosley pr         0  1  0  0 
Menocal, V. 3b     4  0  0  0         Esposito 1b       0  0  0  0 
 Jackson, B. 3b    0  0  0  0        Gaetti cf          4  1  2  3 
Perry, P. p        0  0  0  0        Miller, A. ss      4  0  3  0 
 Burks, B. p       0  0  0  0        Blanton p          0  0  0  0 
 Watchko, J. p     0  0  0  0         Miller, J. p      0  0  0  0 
Totals......      36  4 10  4        Totals......      36  6 11  6 

Score by innings:                      R  H  E
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GEORGIA TECH          003 010 000   -  4 10  4
N.C. STATE            100 000 05x   -  6 11  1
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E - Lewis, R. 2(21); Murton, M.(4); Burks, B.(4); Miller, A.(17). 
DP - NC STATE 1. LOB - GEORGIA TECH 11; NC STATE 9. 
2B - Boggs, M.(11); Dutton(19); Wright(20). HR - Morton(12); Gaetti(5). 
SF - Basil, J.(6). SB - Lewis, R.(12); Murton, M.(4). 

                       IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF Fly Gnd  NP
Perry, P.             7.2  9  3  3  1  2   0  0  0  0   31 32  16  3  108
Burks, B. L 4-1       0.0  2  3  0  2  0   0  0  0  1    4  6   0  0   24
Watchko, J.           0.1  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    1  1   0  1    2

Blanton               4.2  7  4  4  4  3   0  0  0  0   20 25   3  8   94
Miller, J. W 5-4      4.1  3  0  0  1  1   0  0  0  1   16 17   3  8   52

Burks faced six batters in the 8th.

Strikeouts - Lewis, R.; Stockton, B.; Perry, J.; Prince, B.; Morton 2.
Walks - Boggs, M.; Teixeira, M.; Murton, M.; Perry, J.; Prince, B.; 
Wright 2; Riley. 

Umpires - Home:Scott Erby  1st:Jack Cox  2nd:John Floyd  3rd:Al Davis  
Start: 3:30 p.m.  Time: 2:49   Attendance: 3263