February 25, 2006

TECH DOWNS VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH 8-2

Game shortened to six innings due to rain

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Whit Robbins drove in three runs and Matt Wieters added two RBI to lead No. 3 Georgia Tech (10-0) to a rain-shortened 8-2 win over Virginia Commonwealth (3-4) on Saturday in day two of the Baseball at the Beach tournament at Coastal Federal Field.

The game was called in the bottom of the sixth inning due to rain.

Freshman Chris Hicks (2-0) earned the win in relief.

The Yellow Jackets struck for a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two-out RBI single from Mike Trapani, and Andy Hawranick came around to score when VCU's Trai Harris mishandled the ball in right field.

The Rams tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fifth inning. Kwan Evans singled and scored on Tim St. Clair's RBI single, and Jared Bolden drove in a run with a bases loaded groundout.

Georgia Tech answered with a four-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 6-2 lead. Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases with two outs before Wes Hodges delivered a RBI single and Robbins followed with a bases-clearing double.

Wieters added a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning to make the score 8-2 before the game was called.

VCU starter John Leonard (0-1) took the loss, allowing five runs on two hits and six walks in 4.2 innings. Rams' pitchers issued nine walks in the rain-shortened game.

Tech starter Lee Hyde worked 4.1 innings and allowed two runs on five hits but did not figure in the decision. Hicks pitched the Jackets out of the fifth to get credit for the win.

VCU's Sergio Miranda went 3-for-4.

Sunday's schedule in the final day of Baseball at the Beach features Tennessee vs. VCU at 12 noon and Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia Tech at 3:30 p.m.

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                               2006 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
                          Va. Commonwealth vs #3 Georgia Tech
               Feb. 25, 2006 at Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Coastal Federal Field)
 
  Va. Commonwealth 2 (3-4)                      Georgia Tech 8 (10-0)
  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
  ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
  Evans, Kwan lf.............  4  1  1  0       Danny Payne cf.............  2  2  1  0
  Miranda, Sergio ss.........  4  0  3  0       Steven Blackwood lf........  3  0  0  0
  Sizemore, Scott 2b.........  4  1  0  0       Matt Wieters dh............  3  1  1  2
  St. Clair, Tim dh..........  2  0  1  1       Jeff Kindel rf.............  1  1  0  0
   Jackson, Chris pr.........  0  0  0  0       Wes Hodges 3b..............  2  2  1  1
  Meador, Joe cf.............  1  0  0  0       Whit Robbins 1b............  2  0  1  3
  Bolden, Jared 1b...........  3  0  1  1       Andy Hawranick c...........  2  1  0  0
  Harris, Trai rf............  3  0  1  0       Mike Trapani 2b............  3  0  1  1
  Stephenson, Brad c.........  2  0  0  0       Michael Fisher ss..........  3  1  1  0
  Holmes, Bobby 3b...........  2  0  0  0       Lee Hyde p.................  0  0  0  0
  Leonard, John p............  0  0  0  0        Chris Hicks p.............  0  0  0  0
   Mattaliano, Mick p........  0  0  0  0        Tim Gustafson p...........  0  0  0  0
   Gibbs, Michael p..........  0  0  0  0
  Totals..................... 25  2  7  2       Totals..................... 21  8  6  7
 
  Score by Innings                R  H  E
  ---------------------------------------
  Va. Commonwealth.... 000 020 -  2  7  1
  Georgia Tech........ 020 042 -  8  6  0
  ---------------------------------------
 
  Note: One out, bases loaded for Tech when the game was called due to rain.
 
  E - Harris(2). LOB - VCU 10; Georgia Tech 7. 2B - Robbins, W.(2). HBP - St. Clair;
  Kindel, J.. SB - Evans(5); Sizemore(3); Meador(3); Payne, D.(7). CS - Payne, D.(1).
 
  Va. Commonwealth               IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Leonard, John  L,0-1.......   4.2  2  5  4  6  5   0  0  1  0   15 22   3  5 100
  Mattaliano, Mick ..........   0.2  4  3  3  2  0   0  0  0  0    6  8   0  2  32
  Gibbs, Michael ............   0.0  0  0  0  1  0   0  0  0  0    0  1   0  0   6
 
  Georgia Tech                   IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Lee Hyde ..................   4.1  5  2  2  3  1   1  0  1  0   18 22   6  6  86
  Chris Hicks  W,2-0.........   0.2  1  0  0  1  1   0  0  0  0    3  4   0  1  17
  Tim Gustafson .............   1.0  1  0  0  0  1   0  0  0  0    4  4   0  2  17

  Gibbs faced one batter in the 6th.
 
  WP - Hyde, L.(2). HBP - by Hyde, L. (St. Clair); by Leonard (Kindel, J.). Inherited
  runners/scored: Mattaliano 3/3; Gibbs 2/0; Hicks, C. 2/1. Pitches/strikes: Leonard
  100/56; Mattaliano 32/17; Gibbs 6/2; Hyde, L. 86/52; Hicks, C. 17/10; Gustafson, T 17/12.
 
  Strikeouts - Evans; Harris; Stephenson; Payne, D.; Blackwood, S; Wieters, M.;
  Hodges, W.; Trapani, M.. Walks - Meador 2; Stephenson; Holmes; Payne, D. 2;
  Blackwood, S; Wieters, M.; Kindel, J. 2; Hodges, W.; Robbins, W.; Hawranick, A.
 
  Umpires - HP: Randy Hoback  1B: Richie Tallent  3B: Tom Katancik
  Start: 12:05 pm   Time: 2:39