May 8, 2002

TECH OUTSLUGS MERCER 20-7

MACON, Ga. - Matthew Boggs had five hits and drove in three runs to lead a 23-hit attack as ninth-ranked Georgia Tech (39-10) defeated Mercer (20-28), 20-7, on Wednesday evening at Claude Smith Field. The victory improved the Yellow Jackets record to 10-1 against their in-state foes this season.

Boggs had a career-high five hits, including two doubles, in seven at bats and had a streak of eight consecutive plate appearances with a base hit finally snapped with a groundout in the sixth inning.

All nine Tech starters had at least one hit in the game. Victor Menocal went 3-for-5, while Eric Patterson, Jeremy Slayden, Matt Murton, Jason Perry and Wes Rynders added two hits each. The Yellow Jackets scored 20 runs for the third time this season. Boggs, Murton and Clifton Remole each had three RBI in the game.

The Yellow Jackets scored 17 runs in the first five innings of the game to cruise to the victory. After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Matt Murton gave Tech a 5-0 lead in the third inning after hitting a two-run homer, his eighth of the season. After adding three more runs in the fourth inning, the Yellow Jackets exploded for nine runs in the fifth inning to make the score 17-0. Remole belted his third home run of the season.

Tech starter Kyle Schmidt (4-2) earned the win after shutting out the Bears on three hits for four innings. He struck out four batters without issuing a walk. Menocal, Nick Wagner, Jeff Kindel and Jordan Crews each worked a scoreless inning out of the bullpen for the Yellow Jackets.

Brett Jarrett (5-10), one of five pitchers on the night, took the loss for the Bears. Mercer's offense was powered by a pair of three-run home runs from Kyle Levengood, his ninth and 10th of the season, and a solo shot from Mike Appalucci, his team-leading 15th of the year.

Georgia Tech will host Miami for a three-game series beginning Friday at 7 p.m. and continuing on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

                               2002 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
                                MERCER at GEORGIA TECH
                     May 8, 2002 at Macon, Ga. (Claude Smith Field)

  GEORGIA TECH 20 (39-10)                       MERCER 7 (20-28)
  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
  ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
  Eric Patterson 2b..........  5  2  2  0       GAINES, Jason cf...........  5  1  1  0
   Davis Myers 3b/ss.........  2  0  1  1       HARWELL, David ss..........  1  2  0  0
  Victor Menocal ss/p........  5  4  3  1       APPALUCCI, Mike rf.........  5  1  1  3
   Nick Wagner p.............  0  0  0  0       LEVENGOOD, Kyle lf.........  5  2  2  3
   Jeff Kindel ph/p..........  1  0  1  0       LYNCH, Jarrod 1b...........  5  0  1  0
   Drew Taylor p.............  0  0  0  0       STARKE, Drew c.............  4  0  2  0
   Jordan Crews p............  0  0  0  0        SAS, Trevor c.............  1  0  0  1
  Jeremy Slayden rf..........  3  3  2  1       HURST, Daniel 3b...........  4  0  1  0
   Matthew Swain ph/rf.......  0  0  0  1       JONES, Brian dh............  2  0  0  0
  Matt Murton dh.............  5  2  2  3        FOX, Brandon ph...........  1  0  0  0
   Jake Hall 3b..............  2  0  0  0       JACKSON, Luke 2b...........  1  0  1  0
  Jason Perry lf.............  3  1  2  3        MURPHY, Patrick ph/2b.....  2  1  1  0
   Garrett Groce ph/lf.......  2  1  0  0       JARRETT, Brett p...........  0  0  0  0
  Brandon Boggs cf...........  2  1  1  1        BISHOP, Chris p...........  0  0  0  0
   Wes Rynders cf............  3  1  2  1        PAOLANTONIO, Mike p.......  0  0  0  0
  Matthew Boggs 3b/2b........  7  2  5  3        CARRIS, Jake p............  0  0  0  0
  Clifton Remole 1b..........  6  1  1  3        MORRISON, James p.........  0  0  0  0
  Mike Nickeas c.............  3  1  1  0        Kiefer, BYRON p...........  0  0  0  0
   Cameron Lane c............  2  1  0  0        SIMS, Matt p..............  0  0  0  0
  Kyle Schmidt p.............  0  0  0  0
   Mike Andreas p............  0  0  0  0
  Totals..................... 51 20 23 18       Totals..................... 36  7 10  7

  Score by Innings                    R  H  E
  -------------------------------------------
  GEORGIA TECH........ 203 390 030 - 20 23  0
  MERCER.............. 000 030 004 -  7 10  5
  -------------------------------------------

  E - Harwell, D(26); Starke, D(11); Hurst, D 2(16); Jackson, L(8). DP- GEORGIA TECH 1. 
  LOB - GEORGIA TECH 16; MERCER 10. 2B - Perry, J. 2(14); Boggs, B.(13); Boggs, M. 2(6); 
  Gaines, J(9); Levengood, K(11); Lynch, J(12); Starke, D 2(7); Jackson, L(4).
  HR - Murton, M.(8); Remole, C.(3); Appalucci, M(15); Levengood, K(10). 
  HBP - Groce, G.; Boggs, B.; Lane, C.; Harwell, D 3; Hurst, D; Jones, B; Fox, B. 
  SF - Perry, J.(4). SB - Menocal, V.(7); Slayden, J.(4). CS - Boggs, M.(5).

  GEORGIA TECH                   IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF FO GO  NP
  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Kyle Schmidt  W,4-2........   4.0  3  0  0  0  4   0  0  2  0   15 17  4  4  69
  Mike Andreas ..............   1.0  1  3  3  1  2   1  0  1  0    4  6  0  1  20
  Victor Menocal ............   1.0  1  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0    4  5  0  3  22
  Nick Wagner ...............   1.0  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0    2  3  0  2   5
  Jeff Kindel ...............   1.0  1  0  0  0  2   0  0  1  0    4  5  1  0  19
  Drew Taylor ...............   0.0  3  4  4  1  0   1  0  0  0    3  4  0  0  17
  Jordan Crews ..............   1.0  1  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    4  4  1  2  10

  MERCER                         IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF FO GO  NP
  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  JARRETT, Brett  L,5-0......   2.0  3  2  2  2  3   0  0  0  0    8 10  1  1  42
  BISHOP, Chris .............   1.2  7  6  3  1  1   0  0  1  0   13 15  2  2  53
  PAOLANTONIO, Mike .........   1.0  5  6  6  1  0   0  0  0  0    7  9  3  0  32
  CARRIS, Jake ..............   0.1  4  3  3  1  1   0  0  0  0    5  6  0  0  23
  MORRISON, James ...........   2.0  0  0  0  2  5   0  0  0  0    7  9  0  1  39
  Kiefer, BYRON .............   1.0  2  3  0  1  0   2  0  2  0    6  9  2  1  32
  SIMS, Matt ................   1.0  2  0  0  0  1   0  0  0  0    5  5  1  1  22

  Taylor, D. faced 4 batters in the 9th.

  WP - Taylor, D.(1); Andreas, M.(3); Kiefer, B 2(4). HB - Menocal, V.; Wagner, N.;
  Kindel, J.; Schmidt, K. 2; Andreas, M.; Bishop, C; Kiefer, B 2. 
  Inherited runners/scored: Crews, J. 1/1; Paolantonio 1/0; Carris, J 2/2.
  Pitches/strikes: Schmidt, K. 69/40; Andreas, M. 20/11; Menocal, V. 22/15; Wagner, N. 5/3;
  Kindel, J. 19/13; Taylor, D. 17/7; Crews, J. 10/7; Jarrett, B 42/23; Bishop, C 53/31;
  Paolantonio 32/21; Carris, J 23/12; Morrison, J 39/23; Kiefer, B 32/18; Sims, Matt 22/14.

  Strikeouts - Patterson, E; Myers, D.; Murton, M. 3; Hall, J.; Groce, G. 2; Boggs,
  B.; Remole, C.; Lane, C.; Gaines, J; Appalucci, M; Lynch, J; Starke, D; Hurst, D;
  Jones, B 2; Murphy, P. Walks - Menocal, V.; Slayden, J. 2; Swain, M. 2; Rynders, W.;
  Remole, C.; Nickeas, M.; Harwell, D; Murphy, P.

  Umpires - HP: Steve Manders  1B: Tony Thompson  3B: Paul Nauert
  Start: 7:06 pm   Time: 3:25   Attendance: 471

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