April 9, 2002

MENOCAL LEADS TECH OVER AUBURN 9-5

AUBURN, Ala. - Victor Menocal had three hits and drove in three runs, and Georgia Tech used a seven-run sixth inning as the fourth-ranked Yellow Jackets (28-4) defeated 22nd-ranked Auburn (24-11), 9-5, on Tuesday night at Plainsman Park. The victory extended Tech's current winning streak to 10 games.

Tech starter Jeff Watchko (5-1) earned the win after tossing six effective innings where he held the Tigers to two earned runs on five hits. He struck out two batters and did not issue a walk. Philip Perry earned his second save of the season by working the final three innings of the game.

Menocal went 3-for-5 to extend his Tech-record hitting streak to 30 games. Jason Perry added two hits and Matthew Boggs drove in two runs for the Yellow Jackets.

Auburn took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the third inning. Chuck Jeroloman singled with one out, took third base on a throwing error by Tech third baseman Matthew Boggs, and scored on an RBI groundout by Sean Gamble. Tech evened the score at 1-1 in the fifth inning when Menocal delivered a two-out RBI double that plated Eric Patterson.

Tech broke the game open with a seven-run sixth inning that gave the Yellow Jackets an 8-1 lead. The inning was highlighted by a two-run single from Menocal and RBI singles from Patterson and Jason Perry. The Yellow Jackets were aided by three Auburn walks, two errors, and a wild pitch in the inning.

Auburn cut the lead to 8-3 with a two-run single from Scott Schade in the bottom of the sixth inning. After an RBI bunt single from Matthew Boggs made the score 9-3 in the top of the seventh, the Tigers clawed to within 9-5 with a two-run double from Javon Moran in the bottom of that inning.

Auburn reliever Ken Clayton (0-2) took the loss, allowing two runs in the sixth inning after starter Arnold Hughey held the Yellow Jackets to just one run through the first five innings.

Georgia Tech will return to Atlanta for a 7 p.m. game against Western Carolina on Wednesday evening.


                               2002 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
                                 GEORGIA TECH at AUBURN
               April 9, 2002 at Auburn, Ala. (Plainsman Park at Hitchcock Field)

  GEORGIA TECH 9 (28-4)                         AUBURN 5 (24-11)
  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
  ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
  Eric Patterson 2b..........  4  2  1  1       Jonathan Schuerholz 3b.....  5  0  0  0
  Victor Menocal ss..........  5  1  3  3       Sean Gamble lf.............  4  1  0  1
  Jeremy Slayden rf..........  5  0  1  0       Javon Moran cf.............  5  1  2  2
  Tyler Parker c.............  3  1  0  0       Bobby Huddleston c.........  3  1  0  0
  Matt Murton dh.............  4  1  0  0       Trent Pratt dh.............  4  0  0  0
  Jason Perry 1b/lf..........  4  1  2  1       Doug Vines rf..............  4  0  3  0
  Brandon Boggs lf/cf........  3  1  0  0       Scott Schade 1b............  4  0  1  2
  Wes Rynders cf.............  2  0  0  0       Tug Hulett 2b..............  4  0  0  0
   Clifton Remole ph/1b......  2  1  0  0       Chuck Jeroloman ss.........  4  2  2  0
  Matthew Boggs 3b...........  3  1  1  2       Arnold Hughey p............  0  0  0  0
  Jeff Watchko p.............  0  0  0  0        Ken Clayton p.............  0  0  0  0
   Philip Perry p............  0  0  0  0        Lee Carter p..............  0  0  0  0
                                                 Andrew Skinner p..........  0  0  0  0
                                                 Reid Price p..............  0  0  0  0
                                                 Brandon Channell p........  0  0  0  0
                                                 Levale Speigner p.........  0  0  0  0
                                                 Cory Dueitt p.............  0  0  0  0
  Totals..................... 35  9  8  7       Totals..................... 37  5  8  5

  Score by Innings                    R  H  E
  -------------------------------------------
  GEORGIA TECH........ 000 017 100 -  9  8  2
  AUBURN.............. 001 002 200 -  5  8  4
  -------------------------------------------

  E - Menocal, V.(8); Boggs, M.(11); Gamble(1); Huddleston(2); Hulett(6); Clayton(1).
  LOB - GEORGIA TECH 9; AUB 7. 2B - Menocal, V.(12); Moran(7); Vines(4). HBP - Perry,
  J.; Boggs, M.; Huddleston. SF - Boggs, M.(3). SB - Patterson, E 3(16); Parker,
  T.(8); Boggs, M. 2(9); Schuerholz(15); Vines(5).

  GEORGIA TECH                   IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Jeff Watchko  W,5-1........   6.0  5  3  2  0  2   0  0  1  0   25 26   6 10  96
  Philip Perry  S,2..........   3.0  3  2  2  1  4   0  0  0  0   12 13   3  2  53

  AUBURN                         IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Arnold Hughey .............   5.0  3  1  1  2  4   0  0  1  0   18 21   6  5  80
  Ken Clayton  L,0-2.........   0.0  0  2  2  2  0   0  0  0  0    0  2   0  0  10
  Lee Carter ................   0.1  2  4  3  1  0   0  0  0  0    3  5   1  0  21
  Andrew Skinner ............   1.0  2  2  0  1  2   1  0  0  0    5  6   1  0  36
  Reid Price ................   0.1  1  0  0  1  0   0  0  0  0    2  3   0  1  14
  Brandon Channell ..........   0.1  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    1  1   1  0   5
  Levale Speigner ...........   1.0  0  0  0  0  1   0  0  0  0    3  3   1  1  13
  Cory Dueitt ...............   1.0  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0    3  4   3  0  16

  Clayton faced 2 batters in the 6th.

  WP - Skinner(5). HB - Watchko, J.; Hughey; Dueitt. PB - Huddleston(2). 
  Inherited runners/scored: Carter 2/2; Skinner 3/3; Price 1/1; Channell 2/0. 
  Pitches/strikes: Watchko, J. 96/62; Perry, P. 53/34; Hughey 80/51; Clayton 10/2; 
  Carter 21/8; Skinner 36/21; Price 14/5; Channell 5/3; Speigner, L. 13/10; Dueitt 16/9.

  Strikeouts - Slayden, J.; Parker, T. 3; Perry, J.; Rynders, W. 2; Schuerholz; Moran;
  Pratt, T.; Hulett 2; Jeroloman. Walks - Patterson, E; Parker, T. 2; Murton, M.;
  Boggs, B. 2; Remole, C.; Gamble.

  Umpires - HP: Steve Manders  1B: Ken Couch  3B: Tony Thompson
  Start: 6:05 pm CDT  Time: 3:04   Attendance: 2996

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