February 9, 2002

BAKKER PITCHES NO. 13 GEORGIA TECH PAST GEORGIA SOUTHERN, 10-2

STATESBORO, Ga. - Sophomore Kyle Bakker tossed seven shutout innings and freshman Clifton Remole hit a two-run homer to lead 13th-ranked Georgia Tech to a 10-2 victory over Georgia Southern on Saturday afternoon at J.I. Clements Stadium in the season opener for both schools.

The win was Tech's 13 straight in the series with Georia Southern, and it marked the Yellow Jackets' 11th straight win in Statesboro.

Bakker (1-0) dominated Georgia Southern batters for seven innings, holding the Eagles to just four hits -- all singles. He struck out seven batters and did not issue a walk.

The Yellow Jackets took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on the work of four freshmen. Jeremy Slayden led off the inning with a single, his first collegiate hit, and took second base on a walk to Brandon Boggs. After a sacrifice bunt from Clifton Remole put runners on second and third bases, Eric Patterson drove in Slayden with a RBI groundout.

Tech pushed the lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning on a two-run homer down the right field line from Remole. The Yellow Jackets made the score 4-0 in the seventh when Victor Menocal singled, stole second and third bases, and scored on a throwing error from GSU catcher A.J. Zickgraf.

The Yellow Jackets put the game away with six runs in the top of the ninth inning, making the score 10-0. Brandon Boggs and Wes Rynders each had RBI doubles in the inning, while Slayden and Matt Murton added RBI singles. Boggs, Slayden and Menocal each had two hits in the game.

Georgia Southern had a chance to score in the bottom of the sixth inning when leadoff batter Chris Walker, who went 4-for-5 in the game, reached third base with no outs, but Bakker struck out the next three batters to end the threat. The Eagles also had opportunities to score in the seventh and eighth innings, but failed to scratch the scoreboard after putting runners in scoring position. All told, Georgia Southern was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position prior to scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Georgia Southern starter Brett Lewis (0-1) took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits in five innings of work.

The two teams will conclude the two-game series on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

                               2002 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
                            GEORGIA TECH at GEORGIA SOUTHERN
                 Feb 09, 2002 at Statesboro, Ga. (J.I. Clements Stdm.)

  GEORGIA TECH 10 (1-0)                         GEORGIA SOUTHERN 2 (0-1)

  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
  ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
  Matthew Boggs 3b...........  5  1  1  0       Chris Walker cf............  5  0  4  0
   Jake Hall ph/3b...........  1  0  0  0        Chad Hall pr..............  0  0  0  0
  Victor Menocal ss..........  3  2  2  0       Brendan Gilligan lf/c......  4  0  0  0
   Garrett Groce ph/ss.......  1  0  0  0       Jemel Spearman ss..........  5  0  0  0
  Matt Murton lf.............  4  1  1  1       Matt Herring rf............  4  0  0  0
  Jason Perry rf/1b..........  3  1  0  0       Carlos Love 1b.............  3  1  0  0
  Tyler Parker c.............  4  0  0  1       Grant Burruss dh...........  4  0  2  0
   Chris Goodman p...........  0  0  0  0       A.J. Zickgraf c............  2  0  0  0
  Jeremy Slayden dh..........  4  2  2  0        J.R. Revere ph/lf.........  2  0  1  1
   Mike Nickeas ph/c.........  1  1  1  1       Brandon Burnsed 2b.........  3  0  0  0
  Brandon Boggs cf/rf........  3  1  2  1        Matt Hammond ph...........  1  1  0  0
  Clifton Remole 1b..........  2  1  1  2       Rocky Baker 3b.............  4  0  1  1
   Wes Rynders cf............  1  0  1  1       Brett Lewis p..............  0  0  0  0
  Eric Patterson 2b..........  4  0  0  1        Brian Rogers p............  0  0  0  0
   Davis Myers ph/2b.........  0  0  0  0        Scott Tolbert p...........  0  0  0  0
  Kyle Bakker p..............  0  0  0  0        Mike Thompson p...........  0  0  0  0
   Brian Burks p.............  0  0  0  0
  Totals..................... 36 10 11  8       Totals..................... 37  2  8  2

  Score by Innings                    R  H  E
  -------------------------------------------
  GEORGIA TECH........ 010 200 106 - 10 11  5
  GEORGIA SOUTHERN.... 000 000 002 -  2  8  1
  -------------------------------------------

  E - Groce, G.(1); Parker, T.(1); Patterson, E 2(2); Bakker, K.(1); Zickgraf(1). 
  LOB - GEORGIA TECH 10; GSU 10. 2B - Boggs, B.(1); Rynders, W.(1); Baker(1). 
  HR - Remole, C.(1). HBP - Menocal, V.; Murton, M.; Love. SH - Remole, C.(1). 
  SF - Parker, T.(1).  SB - Boggs, M.(1); Menocal, V. 2(2); Murton, M.(1); Perry, J.(1); 
  Slayden, J.(1); Walker(1). CS - Spearman(1).

  GEORGIA TECH                   IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Kyle Bakker  W,1-0.........   7.0  4  0  0  0  7   0  0  0  0   27 27   8  5  85
  Brian Burks ...............   1.0  1  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0    4  4   1  2  15
  Chris Goodman .............   1.0  3  2  2  1  1   0  1  1  0    6  8   0  2  20

  GEORGIA SOUTHERN               IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Brett Lewis  L,0-1.........   5.0  4  3  3  1  4   0  1  2  0   18 22   3  8  87
  Brian Rogers ..............   3.0  2  1  0  3  3   0  1  0  0   11 14   5  1  67
  Scott Tolbert .............   0.1  2  4  4  2  0   0  1  0  0    2  5   1  0  21
  Mike Thompson .............   0.2  3  2  2  1  0   0  1  0  0    5  6   2  0  20

  WP - Burks, B.(1). HB - Goodman, C.; Lewis 2. BK - Goodman, C.(1); Lewis(1); Rogers(1);
  Tolbert(1); Thompson(1). Inherited runners/scored: Thompson 1/1. Pitches/strikes: 
  Bakker, K. 85/62; Burks, B. 15/9; Goodman, C. 20/11; Lewis 87/48; Rogers 67/39; Tolbert
  21/9; Thompson 20/11.

  Strikeouts - Boggs, M.; Murton, M.; Perry, J.; Parker, T. 2; Boggs, B.; Patterson,
  E; Gilligan; Spearman 2; Herring 2; Zickgraf 2; Burnsed. Walks - Menocal, V.; Perry,
  J. 2; Boggs, B. 2; Remole, C.; Myers, D.; Gilligan.

  Umpires - HP: David Savage  1B: Arthur Schmidt  3B: Danny Everett

  Start: 1:34 pm   Time: 3:11   Attendance: 1834

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