February 15, 2002

NO. 9 GEORGIA TECH WINS HOME OPENER OVER TENNESSEE TECH, 12-3

ATLANTA - Freshman Eric Patterson went 2-for-2 with a home and two RBI, and Kyle Bakker tossed seven strong innings to lead ninth-ranked Georgia Tech (3-0) to a 12-3 win over visiting Tennessee Tech (0-2) on Friday afternoon in the first game at the new, $9.7 million Russ Chandler Stadium. A Georgia Tech opening-day record of 1,814 fans attended the game.

Bakker improved to 2-0 in two starts on the season after holding the Golden Eagles to one earned run in seven innings of work. He struck out nine batters and did not issue a walk.

After the Golden Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a two-run homer from Britt Clubb in the top of the second inning, the Yellow Jackets exploded for six runs in the bottom o the third to take control of the game. Georgia Tech sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning, highlighted by a two-run double from Victor Menocal, a two-run single from Brandon Boggs and a RBI single from Tyler Parker. The Yellow Jackets were aided by four walks from Golden Eagle pitchers in the frame.

The Yellow Jackets added two more runs in the fourth inning to extend the lead to 8-2. Patterson led off the inning with a solo home run, the first of his career, before Matthew Boggs scored on a fielder's choice. A RBI triple from Wes Rynders and a RBI single from Patterson made the score 10-2 in the fifth.

Tennessee Tech's Jesse Johnson was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a wild pitch in the eighth, and a two-run single from Georgia Tech's Jason Perry capped off the scoring in the bottom of that inning.

Patterson, Boggs and Menocal each had two hits in the game for the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech rookie pitchers Kyle Schmidt and Jeff Kindel both made their collegiate debuts in the Yellow Jacket victory.

Tennessee Tech starter David Jackson (0-1) took the loss after allowing six runs in 2.2 innings.

The Yellow Jackets and Golden Eagles will continue the series on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. each day. The first 1,000 fans on Saturday will receive commemorative baseball bats honoring the opening weekend of Russ Chandler Stadium.

                               2002 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
                             TENNESSEE TECH at GEORGIA TECH
                    Feb 15, 2002 at Atlanta, Ga. (Chandler Stadium)

  TENNESSEE TECH 3 (0-2)                        GEORGIA TECH 12 (3-0)
  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
  ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
  Ben Shannon cf.............  4  0  0  0       Matthew Boggs 3b...........  3  2  0  0
  Jesse Johnson lf...........  3  1  1  0       Victor Menocal ss..........  5  2  2  2
  Casey Benjamin ss..........  4  0  0  0       Matt Murton lf.............  2  1  0  0
  Ryan Hay 1b................  4  0  1  0       Jason Perry 1b.............  5  0  1  2
  Mike Meihls c..............  4  1  1  0       Tyler Parker c.............  5  1  1  1
  Britt Clubb dh.............  4  1  1  2       Jeremy Slayden dh..........  3  0  0  0
  Cole Helms rf..............  4  0  2  0        Clifton Remole ph.........  1  0  0  0
  Josh Mosser 3b.............  3  0  1  0       Brandon Boggs rf...........  3  2  2  2
   Carlos Martin ph..........  1  0  1  0       Wes Rynders cf.............  3  2  1  1
  Philip Hatch 2b............  3  0  0  0       Eric Patterson 2b..........  2  2  2  2
   Adam Stone ph.............  1  0  0  0       Kyle Bakker p..............  0  0  0  0
  David Jackson p............  0  0  0  0        Kyle Schmidt p............  0  0  0  0
   Dusty Eubanks p...........  0  0  0  0        Jeff Kindel p.............  0  0  0  0
   John Stepp p..............  0  0  0  0
   Tony Suber p..............  0  0  0  0
  Totals..................... 35  3  8  2       Totals..................... 32 12  9 10

  Score by Innings                    R  H  E
  -------------------------------------------
  TENNESSEE TECH...... 020 000 010 -  3  8  0
  GEORGIA TECH........ 006 220 02X - 12  9  1
  -------------------------------------------

  E - Boggs, M.(1). DP - GEORGIA TECH 1. LOB - TENN. TECH 6; GEORGIA TECH 6. 2B -
  Meihls, M.; Menocal, V. 2(2); Boggs, B.(4). 3B - Rynders, W.(1). HR - Clubb, B.;
  Patterson, E(1). HBP - Johnson, J.; Boggs, M.. SH - Boggs, M.(1). SB - Boggs, M.(2);
  Murton, M.(5); Boggs, B.(1). CS - Patterson, E(1).

  TENNESSEE TECH                 IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  
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  David Jackson  L,0-1.......   2.2  3  6  6  4  1   0  1  0  0   10 15   2  5  57
  Dusty Eubanks .............   3.1  4  4  4  2  3   1  0  1  0   14 17   6  1  71
  John Stepp ................   1.0  0  0  0  0  1   0  0  0  0    3  3   1  1  12
  Tony Suber ................   1.0  2  2  2  2  0   0  0  0  0    5  7   1  2  26

  GEORGIA TECH                   IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Kyle Bakker  W,2-0.........   7.0  6  2  1  0  9   0  0  0  0   28 28   5  7  80
  Kyle Schmidt ..............   1.0  1  1  1  0  2   2  0  1  0    4  5   1  0  14
  Jeff Kindel ...............   1.0  1  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    3  3   1  1   5

  WP - Eubanks, D.; Schmidt, K. 2. HB - Eubanks, D.; Schmidt, K.. BK - Jackson, D.. PB -
  Parker, T.(1). Inherited runners/scored: Eubanks, D. 3/2. Pitches/strikes: Jackson, D.
  57/36; Eubanks, D. 71/40; Stepp, J. 12/7; Suber, T. 26/12; Bakker, K.  80/62; Schmidt, K.
  14/9; Kindel, J. 5/4.

  Strikeouts - Shannon, B.; Johnson, J.; Benjamin, C. 3; Meihls, M.; Clubb, B. 3;
  Hatch, P. 2; Menocal, V.; Perry, J. 2; Boggs, B.; Rynders, W.. Walks - Murton, M. 3;
  Slayden, J.; Boggs, B.; Rynders, W.; Patterson, E 2.

  Umpires - HP: Danny Everett  1B: David Savage  3B: Jack Martin
  Start: 3:00   Time: 2:37   Attendance: 1814
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