April 28, 2002

MURTON POWERS TECH PAST VIRGINIA 9-3

Matt Murton
ATLANTA - Matt Murton homered twice and drove in four runs to lead 10th-ranked Georgia Tech (36-9, 10-7 ACC) to a 9-3 win over visiting Virginia (23-23, 8-10 ACC) on Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. The victory gave the Yellow Jackets a 2-1 edge in the three-game series with the Cavaliers.

Tech starter Brian Burks (8-3) won for the second time in six days after holding the Cavaliers to three runs in seven innings. He scattered 10 hits and two walks while striking out five batters. Relievers Aaron Walker and Philip Perry combined to work two scoreless innings to close out the game.

Murton was a perfect 3-for-3 in the game with two walks while hitting his sixth and seventh home runs of the season. Tech's Jeremy Slayden went 3-for-5, while Victor Menocal and Jason Perry added two hits apiece. After being held to a combined nine hits in the first two games of the series, the Yellow Jackets exploded for 13 hits in the game.

The Yellow Jackets took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first with Murton's first homer of the day, a two-run shot that plated Slayden.

Virginia rallied for three runs in the top of the fourth to take a 3-1 lead. Dan Street had an RBI double and Robert Word had an RBI single before Mark Reynolds drove in the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly. Tech immediately answered with three runs in the bottom of that inning to retake the lead at 5-3. The Yellow Jackets had five hits in the inning, including RBI singles from Slayden and Matthew Boggs, while Menocal added a sac fly.

Tech pushed the lead to 7-3 in the sixth inning on RBI singles from Slayden and Perry before Murton capped the scoring with his second two-run homer of the day in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Virginia starter Canon Hickman (4-5) took the loss, allowing five runs in 3.1 innings of work.

Following a week off for spring semester final exams, Georgia Tech will return to action when the Yellow Jackets host top-ranked Clemson for a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference beginning Saturday at 7 p.m.


                               2002 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
                                VIRGINIA AT GEORGIA TECH
                 April 28, 2002 at Atlanta, Ga. (Russ Chandler Stadium)

  VIRGINIA 3 (23-23,8-10 ACC)                   GEORGIA TECH 9 (36-9,10-7 ACC)
  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
  ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
  David Stone lf.............  3  1  2  0       Matthew Boggs 2b...........  3  0  1  1
  Matt Street rf.............  4  1  2  0       Victor Menocal ss..........  5  2  2  0
  Dan Street 3b..............  4  1  1  1       Jeremy Slayden dh..........  5  2  3  2
  Robert Word 1b.............  4  0  2  1       Matt Murton lf.............  3  2  3  4
  Mark Reynolds ss...........  3  0  1  1       Jason Perry 1b.............  5  0  2  1
  Rob Newton dh..............  4  0  0  0       Tyler Parker c.............  4  1  0  0
  Chris Sweet cf.............  4  0  2  0       Wes Rynders cf.............  4  1  1  0
  Scott Headd c..............  3  0  1  0       Brandon Boggs rf...........  2  0  0  1
  Kyle Werman 2b.............  3  0  0  0       Davis Myers 3b.............  4  1  1  0
   Joe Koshansky ph..........  1  0  0  0       Brian Burks p..............  0  0  0  0
  Canon Hickman p............  0  0  0  0        Aaron Walker p............  0  0  0  0
   Greg Hansard p............  0  0  0  0        Philip Perry p............  0  0  0  0
   Adam Laird p..............  0  0  0  0
   Andrew Dobies p...........  0  0  0  0
  Totals..................... 33  3 11  3       Totals..................... 35  9 13  9


  Score by Innings                    R  H  E
  -------------------------------------------
  VIRGINIA............ 000 300 000 -  3 11  2
  GEORGIA TECH........ 200 302 02X -  9 13  1
  -------------------------------------------
 
  One out when winning run scored
  
  E - D. Street(10); Hansard(3); Parker, T.(5). 
  DP - VIRGINIA 1; GEORGIA TECH 2. LOB -  VIRGINIA 6; GEORGIA TECH 9. 
  2B - D. Street(16); Menocal, V. 2 (15); Perry, J.(11). HR - Murton, M. 2(7). 
  HBP - Parker, T.. SF - Reynolds(1). SB - Stone(20); Word(2). CS - Headd 2(3); Boggs, M.(4); Myers, D.(1).

  VIRGINIA                       IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Canon Hickman  L,4-5.......   3.1  4  5  3  4  2   0  1  1  0   13 18   4  2  73
  Greg Hansard ..............   2.1  6  2  2  1  2   0  0  0  0   13 14   2  3  66
  Adam Laird ................   1.1  0  0  0  1  0   0  0  0  0    3  4   1  2  20
  Andrew Dobies .............   1.0  3  2  2  0  0   0  0  0  0    6  6   2  1  25

  GEORGIA TECH                   IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Brian Burks  W,8-3.........   7.0 10  3  3  2  5   0  0  0  0   27 30   7  6 101
  Aaron Walker ..............   0.1  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    1  1   1  0   1
  Philip Perry ..............   1.2  1  0  0  0  2   0  0  0  0    5  5   1  1  25

  HBP - by Hickman (Parker, T.). BK - Hickman(1). Inherited runners/scored: Hansard 2/2;
  Laird 2/0. Pitches/strikes: Hickman 73/35; Hansard 66/41; Laird 20/10; Dobies 25/15;
  Burks, B. 101/69; Walker, A. 1/1; Perry, P. 25/13.

  Strikeouts - M. Street 2; D. Street; Reynolds; Newton; Sweet; Koshansky; Rynders, W.
  2; Myers, D. 2. Walks - Stone; Headd; Boggs, M. 2; Murton, M. 2; Boggs, B. 2.

  Umpires - HP: Henry Stancil  1B: John Magnusson  3B: Reid Churchill
  Start: 1:33 pm   Time: 2:52   Attendance: 1215


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