February 19, 2006

TECH COMPLETES SWEEP OF KENNESAW STATE 5-1

ATLANTA - Tim Ladd pitched five shutout innings and teamed with four relievers on a four-hitter to lead third-ranked Georgia Tech (6-0) to a 5-1 win and three-game sweep of Kennesaw State (1-4) on Sunday at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Georgia Tech's pitchers allowed just two earned runs in the three-game series.

Ladd (1-0), a sophomore, earned the win in his first collegiate start. The left-hander worked a career-high five innings and held the Owls scoreless on three hits. He issued two walks and struck out one.

Brad Rulon, Tim Gustafson and Matt Wieters each worked a hitless inning of relief.

Wes Hodges and Whit Robbins both had two hits for the Yellow Jackets.

Ladd and Kennesaw State starter Kyle Muschara (0-1) blanked the opposing offenses for the first four innings before the Yellow Jackets finally broke through to take a 3-0 lead in the fifth.

Michael Fisher drew a one-out walk to start the fifth inning rally, and a pinch hit single from Wally Crancer put runners on first and third bases. Danny Payne followed with an RBI double, Crancer scored on a passed ball, and Payne came home on a two-out RBI single from Jeff Kindel.

Tech added two runs in the sixth inning on RBI singles from Andy Hawranick and Ryan Tinkoff to make the score 5-0.

Kennesaw State broke up the shutout in the eighth inning on a two-out RBI double from Matt Nelson off Tech reliever David Duncan.

Muschara took the loss, working 4.1 innings and allowing two runs.

Georgia Tech hosts East Tennessee State for a two-game series beginning on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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                               2006 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
                            Kennesaw State at #3 Georgia Tech
                   Feb. 19, 2006 at Atlanta, Ga. (Russ Chandler Stadium)

  Kennesaw State 1 (1-4)                        Georgia Tech 5 (6-0)
  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
  ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
  NELSON, Matt cf............  3  0  1  1       Danny Payne cf.............  4  1  1  1
  DALLAS, Matt 3b............  4  0  0  0       Steven Blackwood lf........  4  0  0  0
  MORROW, Jay lf.............  4  0  1  0       Jeff Kindel rf.............  4  0  1  1
  HENDRIX, Scott 1b..........  4  0  1  0       Wes Hodges 3b/ss...........  4  0  2  0
  CROSS, Adam rf.............  3  0  0  0       Whit Robbins 1b............  4  1  2  0
   BAKER, Martin ph..........  0  0  0  0       Matt Wieters dh/p..........  3  1  0  0
  DeCASTRO, Mahal dh.........  2  0  0  0       Andy Hawranick c...........  4  0  1  1
   HESTER, Daniel dh.........  1  0  0  0       Michael Fisher ss..........  2  1  0  0
  PERRY, Ryan ss.............  3  0  1  0        Brad Feltes ph/3b.........  1  0  0  0
  REDDEN, Ray c..............  2  0  0  0       Russell Harben 2b..........  1  0  0  0
   UPTON, Zachary c..........  0  1  0  0        Wally Crancer ph..........  1  1  1  0
  HOPKINS, Matt 2b...........  2  0  0  0        Ryan Tinkoff ph/2b........  2  0  1  1
  MUSCHARA, Kyle p...........  0  0  0  0       Tim Ladd p.................  0  0  0  0
   ROGERS, Casey p...........  0  0  0  0        Brad Rulon p..............  0  0  0  0
   SALES, Micah p............  0  0  0  0        Tim Gustafson p...........  0  0  0  0
   DALE, Dan p...............  0  0  0  0        David Duncan p............  0  0  0  0
   ECKARDT, Matt p...........  0  0  0  0
  Totals..................... 28  1  4  1       Totals..................... 34  5  9  4

  Score by Innings                    R  H  E
  -------------------------------------------
  Kennesaw State...... 000 000 010 -  1  4  3
  Georgia Tech........ 000 032 00X -  5  9  0
  -------------------------------------------

  E - MORROW 2(2); HOPKINS(2). DP - Kennesaw St. 1; Georgia Tech 1. LOB - Kennesaw St.
  5; Georgia Tech 7. 2B - NELSON(1); Payne, D.(3). HBP - BAKER. SH - NELSON(1). 
  SB - HENDRIX(1); Hawranick, A(1).

  Kennesaw State                 IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  MUSCHARA, Kyle  L,0-1......   4.1  3  2  2  1  5   0  0  0  0   17 18   5  2  78
  ROGERS, Casey .............   0.1  2  1  1  0  1   0  0  0  0    3  3   0  0  10
  SALES, Micah ..............   0.2  3  2  2  1  0   0  0  0  0    5  6   2  0  19
  DALE, Dan .................   1.1  1  0  0  0  1   0  0  0  0    5  5   0  3  20
  ECKARDT, Matt .............   1.1  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    4  4   3  1   9

  Georgia Tech                   IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Tim Ladd  W,1-0............   5.0  3  0  0  2  1   0  0  0  0   15 18   8  4  64
  Brad Rulon ................   1.0  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    3  3   3  0  15
  Tim Gustafson .............   1.0  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    3  3   2  1  11
  David Duncan ..............   1.0  1  1  1  1  1   0  1  0  0    4  5   1  1  16
  Matt Wieters ..............   1.0  0  0  0  0  1   0  0  1  0    3  4   1  1   8

  HBP - by Wieters, M. (BAKER). BK - Duncan, D.(1). PB - REDDEN 2(3). Inherited
  runners/scored: ROGERS 2/2; SALES 1/0; DALE 2/0; ECKARDT 1/0. Pitches/strikes: MUSCHARA
  78/50; ROGERS 10/6; SALES 19/11; DALE 20/16; ECKARDT 9/5; Ladd, T. 64/40; Rulon, B.
  15/7; Gustafson, T 11/7; Duncan, D. 16/11; Wieters, M. 8/5.

  Strikeouts - MORROW 2; HOPKINS; Payne, D. 2; Blackwood, S; Kindel, J.; Hawranick, A;
  Fisher, M.; Harben, R.. Walks - DeCASTRO; UPTON; HOPKINS; Wieters, M.; Fisher, M..

  Umpires - HP: Ed Haggray  1B: David Padgett  3B: Danny Everett
  Start: 1:06 pm   Time: 2:33   Attendance: 919