May 23, 2002

TECH ELIMINATES DUKE 6-1 IN ACC TOURNAMENT SECOND ROUND

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Georgia Tech jumped on Duke starter Zach Schreiber for four first-inning runs, including a three-run homer from Matt Murton, and freshman Kyle Schmidt made it stand up as the fifth-ranked Yellow Jackets downed Duke, 6-1, Thursday in the loser's bracket of the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament at Florida Power Park.

The Yellow Jackets (45-13), ranked seventh in the nation this week, advance in the ACC Tournament where they will face the loser of Thursday's Wake Forest-North Carolina game on Friday at 3:30 p.m. The Blue Devils (24-34) are eliminated from the double elimination event.

"Kyle Schmidt pitched great," said Tech head coach Danny Hall. "He didn't give them a chance to get anything going, and I think that we played well defensively behind him. We were able to score those runs early and that took the pressure off him."

Murton, whose home run was the first for Georgia Tech in five ACC Tournament games played in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' spring training facility, came after Eric Patterson had led off the game with a walk and Jeremy Slayden reached first on a dropped pop fly by Duke first baseman Larry Broadway. The homer was Murton's 10th of the season. The Jackets added the fourth run when Tyler Parker singled, stole second and scored on Matthew Boggs' double.

Patterson drove in a fourth-inning run for Tech with a sacrifice fly, scoring Wes Rynders, and Rynders drove in another in the fifth with a single, scoring Murton.

Schmidt, from nearby Palm Harbor, Fla. improved his record to 5-2 by scattering six hits and a walk with nine strikeouts in eight innings. The victory was his second in two starts against the Blue Devils this season. In his first attempt on Apr. 7, he allowed six runs and 10 hits in five innings and earned the win, but was far more effective this time pitching in his hometown. Schmidt became the fifth Tech freshman to win his first ACC Tournament start, and the first since Philip Perry defeated Florida State in 2000 in Fort Mill, S.C.

"I worried about him a little bit being a freshman and this being his hometown, but he handled it great and pitched well" said Hall.

Duke, which advanced a run as far as third base just twice against Schmidt, scratched for an unearned run in the ninth against Philip Perry on Grant Stanley's sacrifice fly after Perry threw away a potential game-ending double play opportunity.

Schreiber (2-4) lasted just 4-2/3 innings, giving up six runs, four of them earned, on six hits and three walks.

Boggs, whose double extended his current hitting streak to 14 games, left the game in the fifth after taking a fastball on the backside, which struck a nerve in his spine. He is not expected to miss Friday's game. Patterson stole his 34th base in the first inning ahead of Murton's homer, which are the most for a Tech player since Anthony Byrd swiped 35 in 1991. Tech stole four bases in the game, giving the Jackets 117 for the season, their most since the 1988 season.

"We knew that if we didn't win today then we were going home," Hall said. "Now, I think we're right back in the mix of it in the tournament. We have not thrown Kyle Bakker yet, so we are sitting there with potentially our best pitcher for our next game. That is a bonus for us and gives us a lot of confidence."

 
                               2002 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
                                  DUKE at GEORGIA TECH
               May 23, 2002 at St. Petersburg, Fla. (Florida Power Park)

  DUKE 1 (24-34)                                GEORGIA TECH 6 (45-13)
  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
  ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
  Brian Patrick rf...........  4  0  1  0       Eric Patterson 2b..........  3  1  0  1
  Kevin Kelly ss.............  4  0  1  0       Victor Menocal ss..........  5  0  1  0
  Larry Broadway 1b..........  4  0  0  0       Jeremy Slayden dh..........  4  1  0  0
  Tim Layden dh/p............  4  0  0  0       Matt Murton lf.............  4  2  2  3
  Bryan Smith 2b.............  3  1  1  0       Jason Perry rf.............  4  0  0  0
  Troy Caradonna c...........  4  0  2  0       Tyler Parker c.............  4  1  1  0
  Drew Jerdan lf.............  3  0  1  0       Matthew Boggs 3b...........  2  0  1  1
  Grant Stanley 3b...........  2  0  0  1        Davis Myers pr/3b.........  0  0  0  0
  Doug Bechtold cf...........  4  0  0  0       Wes Rynders cf.............  3  1  2  1
  Zach Schreiber p...........  0  0  0  0       Clifton Remole 1b..........  2  0  1  0
                                                Kyle Schmidt p.............  0  0  0  0
                                                 Philip Perry p............  0  0  0  0
  Totals..................... 32  1  6  1       Totals..................... 31  6  8  6

  Score by Innings                    R  H  E
  -------------------------------------------
  DUKE................ 000 000 001 -  1  6  2
  GEORGIA TECH........ 400 110 00X -  6  8  1
  -------------------------------------------

  E - Kelly (24), Broadway (8); Perry, P.(1). DP - DUKE 2; GEORGIA TECH 1. 
  LOB - DUKE 8; GEORGIA TECH 9. 2B - Boggs, M.(9). HR - Murton, M.(10). 
  HBP - Stanley; Boggs, M.. SF - Stanley (1); Patterson, E(3). 
  SB - Patterson, E(34); Murton, M.(19); Parker, T. 2(13).

  DUKE                           IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Zach Schreiber  L,2-4......   4.2  6  6  4  3  1   0  0  0  0   20 24   9  4  96
  Tim Layden ................   3.1  2  0  0  3  2   0  0  1  0   11 15   3  3  55

  GEORGIA TECH                   IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Kyle Schmidt  W,5-2........   8.0  6  0  0  1  9   1  0  1  0   29 31  10  4 123
  Philip Perry ..............   1.0  0  1  0  1  0   0  0  0  0    3  5   3  0  18

  WP - Schmidt, K.(11). HBP - by Schmidt, K. (Grant Stanle); by Tim Layden (Boggs, M.).
  Inherited runners/scored: Tim Layden 1/1. Pitches/strikes: Zach Schreib 96/55; Tim
  Layden 55/30; Schmidt, K. 123/81; Perry, P. 18/9.

  Strikeouts - Kevin Kelly 3; Larry Broadway 2; Tim Layden; Bryan Smith; Grant Stanley;
  Doug Bechtol; Menocal, V.; Murton, M.; Perry, J.. Walks - Bryan Smith; Drew Jerdan;
  Patterson, E; Slayden, J.; Myers, D.; Rynders, W.; Remole, C. 2.

  Umpires - HP: Scott Graham  1B: Steve Manders  2B: Tim Clougherty  3B: A.J. Lostaglio
  Start: 10:04 a.m.  Time: 2:35

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