March 16, 2002

WAKE FOREST STOPS TECH 11-5

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Jamie D'Antona hit a three-run homer and Wake Forest rallied for six runs in its final two at bats as the 11th-ranked Demon Deacons (16-2, 2-0 ACC) downed fifth-ranked Georgia Tech (14-3, 0-2), 11-5, on Saturday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.

Trailing 5-3 after six and a half innings, Wake Forest mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh by scoring three times to take a 6-5 lead. Nick Blue led off with an infield single and Ryan Johnson reached on an error before D'Antona belted a 1-2 pitch over the center field wall for his fifth home run of the season.

The Demon Deacons added five insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, all unearned thanks in part to two Tech errors, making the score 11-5. Nick Blue and Stephen Ghutzman each had three hits in the victory.

Wake Forest reliever Brian Bach (1-0) picked up the win out of the bullpen, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings as the Demon Deacons rallied for the win. Tech's Aaron Walker (1-1) took the loss in relief despite a solid effort after allowing three runs in 4.1 innings of work.

The Demon Deacons took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run homer from Ryan Johnson, his second of the season. A RBI single from Adam Bourassa gave Wake Forest a 3-0 lead after two innings.

The Yellow Jackets mounted a rally in the middle innings, scoring a total of five times in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 5-3 lead. Tyler Parker hit a pair of two-run homers, his fourth and fifth long balls of the season, while Jason Perry scored on a wild pitch.

Tech's Victor Menocal went 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.

The Yellow Jackets had several opportunities to expand on their lead in the middle innings, but each time failed to deliver with runners in scoring position and left a total of 12 men on base in the game.

Neither starting pitcher figured in the decision. Wake Forest's Tim Morley allowed five runs in five innings, while Tech's Jeff Watchko was lifted after allowing three runs in 2.2 innings. The start of the game was delayed for an hour and a half due to a light rain.

Georgia Tech and Wake Forest will conclude the three-game series on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.


                               2002 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
                              GEORGIA TECH at WAKE FOREST
                  Mar 16, 2002 at Winston-Salem, N.C. (Hooks Stadium)

  GEORGIA TECH 5 (14-3,0-2 ACC)                 WAKE FOREST 11 (16-2,2-0 ACC)
  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
  ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
  Matthew Boggs 3b...........  4  0  1  0       Ryan Hubbard lf............  5  1  0  0
  Victor Menocal ss..........  3  1  2  0       Nick Blue 2b...............  4  3  3  0
  Matt Murton lf.............  5  0  0  0       Ryan Johnson dh............  5  2  2  2
  Jeremy Slayden rf..........  3  1  1  0       Jamie D'Antona 3b..........  4  2  1  3
  Tyler Parker c.............  4  2  2  4       Stephen Ghutzman c.........  5  0  3  1
  Jason Perry dh.............  4  1  1  0       Steve LeFaivre rf..........  4  0  0  0
  Brandon Boggs cf...........  4  0  0  0       Jeff Ruziecki 1b...........  5  1  1  0
  Clifton Remole 1b..........  5  0  0  0       Ben Ingold ss..............  3  1  1  0
  Eric Patterson 2b..........  3  0  0  0       Adam Bourassa cf...........  3  1  1  1
  Jeff Watchko p.............  0  0  0  0       Tim Morley p...............  0  0  0  0
   Aaron Walker p............  0  0  0  0        Daniel Davidson p.........  0  0  0  0
   Chris Goodman p...........  0  0  0  0        Brian Bach p..............  0  0  0  0
   Drew Taylor p.............  0  0  0  0        Adam Hanson p.............  0  0  0  0
   Mike Andreas p............  0  0  0  0        Dave Bush p...............  0  0  0  0
  Totals..................... 35  5  7  4       Totals..................... 38 11 12  7

  Score by Innings                    R  H  E
  -------------------------------------------
  GEORGIA TECH........ 000 230 000 -  5  7  3
  WAKE FOREST......... 210 000 35X - 11 12  2
  -------------------------------------------

  E - Boggs, M.(5); Menocal, V.(5); Goodman, C.(1); Ingold, B(8); Morley, T(1). DP -
  WAKE FOREST 1. LOB - GEORGIA TECH 12; WAKE FOREST 8. 2B - Ghutzman, S(8); Ruziecki,
  J(8); Ingold, B(3). HR - Parker, T. 2(5); Johnson, R(2); D'Antona, J(5). HBP -
  Menocal, V.; Parker, T.; Perry, J.; D'Antona, J; Bourassa, A. SH - Blue, N(2). SB -
  Boggs, M.(6); Perry, J.(4); Bourassa, A(6).

  GEORGIA TECH                   IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Jeff Watchko ..............   2.2  6  3  3  1  0   0  1  0  0   14 15   2  6  47
  Aaron Walker  L,1-1........   4.1  4  3  2  1  3   0  0  0  0   18 19   5  5  65
  Chris Goodman .............   0.0  1  4  0  0  0   0  0  1  0    2  4   0  0  10
  Drew Taylor ...............   0.1  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    1  1   1  0   2
  Mike Andreas ..............   0.2  1  1  1  0  0   2  0  1  0    3  4   1  1  12

  WAKE FOREST                    IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Tim Morley ................   5.0  6  5  4  3  1   3  0  1  0   23 27   7  7  99
  Daniel Davidson ...........   0.2  0  0  0  2  0   0  0  2  0    1  5   0  1  17
  Brian Bach  W,1-0..........   1.1  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    4  4   3  1  17
  Adam Hanson ...............   1.0  1  0  0  1  1   0  0  0  0    4  5   1  1  21
  Dave Bush .................   1.0  0  0  0  0  1   0  0  0  0    3  3   2  0  13

  WP - Andreas, M. 2(2); Morley, T 3(3). HB - Goodman, C.; Andreas, M.; Morley, T;
  Davidson, D 2. BK - Watchko, J.(1). Inherited runners/scored: Walker, A. 2/0; Taylor, D.
  1/0; Andreas, M. 1/1; Bach, B 3/0. Pitches/strikes: Watchko, J. 47/27; Walker, A. 65/44;
  Goodman, C. 10/7; Taylor, D. 2/2; Andreas, M. 12/7; Morley, T 99/56; Davidson, D 17/7;
  Bach, B 17/10; Hanson, A 21/11; Bush, D 13/10.

  Strikeouts - Boggs, M.; Murton, M.; Boggs, B.; LeFaivre, S 2; Ruziecki, J. Walks -
  Boggs, M.; Menocal, V.; Slayden, J. 2; Boggs, B.; Patterson, E; LeFaivre, S; Ingold,
  B.

  Umpires - HP: Bruce Ravan  1B: Randy Harvey  3B: Ron Sebastian
  Start: 2:36 pm   Time: 3:13   Attendance: 822

  Goodman, C. faced 4 batters in the 8th.

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