February 24, 2002

BURKS PITCHES TECH PAST VCU 8-2

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Brian Burks tossed eight strong innings and Clifton Remole had three hits as eighth-ranked Georgia Tech (8-1) defeated Virginia Commonwealth (5-8), 8-2, in the final day of the Baseball at the Beach tournament at Coastal Federal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Burks (2-0) picked up his second win of the season in as many starts after dominating the VCU hitters for eight innings. He allowed two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits and one walk while striking out a career-high eight batters. Only one of the three hits he allowed left the infield. Senior Victor Menocal tossed a scoreless ninth inning to preserve Tech's victory.

The Yellow Jackets took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Tech loaded the bases with one out when Matthew Boggs and Victor Menocal singled and Matt Murton was hit by a pitch. Tyler Parker drove in Boggs with a RBI single to left field while Jeremy Slayden plated Menocal and Murton with a single down the left field line.

Tech made the score 4-0 in the fourth inning after Brandon Boggs doubled and scored on Eric Patterson's RBI single.

VCU cut the lead to 4-1 with a unearned run in the fifth. Jeff Parrish reached on Menocal's throwing error, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Chris Gerrity's groundout to second base.

The Rams made the score 4-2 in the eighth after Chris Garrity doubled and eventually scored on Matt Davis' RBI groundout to first base.

The Yellow Jackets put the game away with our runs in the top of the ninth inning. Patterson drove in the first run of the inning with a single to right field before Jason Perry cleared the bases with a three-run double off the left field wall.

VCU starter Matt Prendergast (1-2) took the loss, allowing six runs on nine hits in eight plus innings of work.

Georgia Tech will return to action when the Yellow Jackets host Georgia State on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Russ Chandler Stadium.

                               2002 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
                                  GEORGIA TECH vs VCU
               Feb 24, 2002 at Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Coastal Federal Field)

  GEORGIA TECH 8 (8-1)                          VCU 2 (5-8)

  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
  ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
  Matthew Boggs 3b...........  5  1  1  0       Matt Davis cf..............  4  0  0  1
  Victor Menocal ss/p........  4  2  1  0       Bryan Gillespie ss.........  4  0  1  0
  Jason Perry rf/lf..........  5  0  1  3       Jose Pabon rf..............  4  0  0  0
  Matt Murton lf.............  3  1  0  0       Danny Lopaze 1b............  4  0  0  0
   Wes Rynders cf............  1  0  0  0       Nick Jones 3b..............  3  0  1  0
  Tyler Parker c.............  5  0  1  1       Justin Mattison lf.........  3  0  0  0
  Jeremy Slayden dh..........  4  0  1  2       Robbie Gragnani dh.........  3  0  0  0
   Davis Myers ss............  0  0  0  0       Jeff Parrish c.............  3  1  0  0
  Brandon Boggs cf/rf........  3  2  1  0        Rigo Orozco ph............  0  0  0  0
  Clifton Remole 1b..........  4  1  3  0       Chris Gerrity 2b...........  3  1  1  1
  Eric Patterson 2b..........  4  1  2  2       Matt Prendergast p.........  0  0  0  0
  Brian Burks p..............  0  0  0  0        Cla Meredith p............  0  0  0  0
  Totals..................... 38  8 11  8       Totals..................... 31  2  3  2

  Score by Innings                    R  H  E
  -------------------------------------------
  GEORGIA TECH........ 300 100 004 -  8 11  2
  VCU................. 000 010 010 -  2  3  3
  -------------------------------------------

  E - Menocal, V.(1); Boggs, B.(2); GILLESPIE, B(3); LOPAZE, D(2); PRENDERGAST(1). 
  DP - VCU 2. LOB - GEORGIA TECH 6; VCU 7. 2B - Perry, J.(2); Boggs, B.(5); GERRITY,
  C(1). HBP - Murton, M.; JONES, N; GRAGNANI, R; OROZCO, R. SB - GERRITY, C(1).

  GEORGIA TECH                   IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Brian Burks  W,2-0.........   8.0  3  2  1  1  8   1  0  1  0   28 30   5 11  95
  Victor Menocal ............   1.0  0  0  0  1  1   0  0  2  0    3  6   0  2  20

  VCU                            IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Matt Prendergast  L,1-2....   8.0  9  6  6  1  3   1  0  1  0   33 35   9 11 106
  Cla Meredith ..............   1.0  2  2  2  1  1   0  0  0  1    5  6   0  1  31

  WP - Burks, B.(3); PRENDERGAST(2). HB - Menocal, V. 2; Burks, B.; PRENDERGAST. Inherited
  runners/scored: MEREDITH, C 2/2. Pitches/strikes: Burks, B. 95/64; Menocal, V. 20/11;
  PRENDERGAST 106/80; MEREDITH, C 31/17.

  Strikeouts - Boggs, M.; Menocal, V.; Perry, J.; Murton, M.; DAVIS, M 2; PABON, J 3;
  LOPAZE, D; GRAGNANI, R; PARRISH, J 2. Walks - Menocal, V.; Boggs, B.; MATTISON, J;
  GERRITY, C.

  Umpires - HP: Ken Faircloth  1B: Walt Zimmer  3B: Ward Ulmer
  Start: 10:05 am   Time: 2:26   Attendance: 892

  PRENDERGAST faced 2 batters in the 9th.




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