March 5, 2006

TECH COMPLETES SWEEP OF RUTGERS 11-4

ATLANTA - Danny Payne and Whit Robbins each had four hits, Matt Weiters drove in four runs, and Tim Ladd pitched seven strong innings to lead No. 1 Georgia Tech (13-0) to a 11-4 win and three game sweep of visiting Rutgers (3-5) on Sunday at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Georgia Tech's 13-0 start is the third best in school history, trailing only a 17-0 mark in 2003 and a 16-0 start in 1987. The Yellow Jackets' own the longest current winning streak in the nation at 13 games.

Making his second start of the season, Ladd (2-0) pitched a career-high seven innings and held the Scarlet Knights to one run on five hits. He struck out a career-best five batters and did not issue a walk. Ladd allowed just two runners to advance past first base.

Payne went 4-for-5 and had a streak of 10 straight plate appearances where he reached base safely snapped when he made an out in the eighth inning. Robbins went 4-for-5 with three RBI, raising his team-leading total to 26 RBI in 13 games.

Matt Wieters had two hits and drove in four runs, Luke Murton had a season-high three hits, and Mike Trapani and Michael Fisher had two hits each. Georgia Tech tied a season high with 18 hits.

Robbins staked the Yellow Jackets to a 1-0 lead in the second inning on his team-leading fourth home run of the season.

Tech extended the lead to 3-0 in the fifth inning on a two-out, two-run double from Wieters.

Rutgers finally broke through against Ladd in the sixth inning on a solo home run from Todd Frazier, his first of the year, making the score 3-1.

The Yellow Jackets broke the game open with a five-run seventh inning that pushed the lead to 8-1. Tech batted around and sent 10 batters to the plate, including a two-run double from Murton and RBI singles from Robbins, Trapani and Fisher.

Rutgers scored two unearned runs off Tech reliever Tim Gustafson in the eighth inning to pull within 8-3.

Georgia Tech added three runs in the eighth inning, making the score 11-3. Wieters had his second two-run double of the game, and Robbins added an RBI single.

A ninth inning solo home run from Rutgers' Steve Hook, his second in as many games, provided the final 11-4 margin.

Rutgers starter Matt Pustay (0-1) was charged with the loss, allowing five runs on 12 hits in six-plus innings.

Georgia Tech returns to action on Tuesday at 7 p.m. when the Yellow Jackets host Northeastern at Russ Chandler Stadium.

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                               2006 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
                               Rutgers at #1 Georgia Tech
                   March 5, 2006 at Atlanta, Ga. (Russ Chandler Stadium)

  Rutgers 4 (3-5)                               Georgia Tech 11 (13-0)
  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
  ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
  BIONDE, Mike 2b............  5  1  1  0       Danny Payne cf.............  5  2  4  0
  GROSE, Jeff cf.............  4  0  0  0       Wes Hodges 3b..............  3  3  1  0
  FRAZIER, Todd ss...........  4  2  1  1       Jeff Kindel rf.............  4  1  0  0
  HILL, Ryan lf..............  3  0  2  0        Wally Crancer rf..........  0  0  0  0
  CEGLES, Victor dh..........  4  0  0  0       Matt Wieters c/p...........  5  1  2  4
  HOOK, Steve 1b.............  3  1  1  1       Whit Robbins 1b............  5  2  4  3
  MEADE, Frank c.............  4  0  2  0       Luke Murton dh.............  5  1  3  2
  QUERNS, Tim 3b.............  3  0  0  0        Andy Hawranick c..........  0  0  0  0
   STAVRAKIS, Nick ph........  1  0  0  0       Steven Blackwood lf........  4  1  0  0
  FELIZ, Luis rf.............  3  0  0  0       Mike Trapani 2b............  5  0  2  1
   EDWARDS, Tom ph...........  1  0  0  0       Michael Fisher ss..........  4  0  2  1
  PUSTAY, Matt p.............  0  0  0  0       Tim Ladd p.................  0  0  0  0
   SPICER, Sean p............  0  0  0  0        Tim Gustafson p...........  0  0  0  0
   LILLIS, Chris p...........  0  0  0  0
   BAIONE, Joe p.............  0  0  0  0
   WOODHULL, Tim p...........  0  0  0  0
  ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
  Totals..................... 35  4  7  2       Totals..................... 40 11 18 11
 

  Score by Innings                    R  H  E
  -------------------------------------------
  Rutgers............. 000 001 021 -  4  7  1
  Georgia Tech........ 010 020 53X - 11 18  3
  -------------------------------------------

  E - BIONDE(2); Trapani, M. 2(4); Fisher, M.(4). LOB - Rutgers 6; Georgia Tech 9. 2B
  - Payne, D.(6); Wieters, M. 2(4); Murton, L.(1). HR - FRAZIER(1); HOOK(2); Robbins,
  W.(4). HBP - HOOK. SB - FRAZIER(6); Murton, L.(3). CS - Murton, L.(1).

  Rutgers                        IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  PUSTAY, Matt  L,0-1........   6.0 12  5  5  1  2   0  0  0  0   28 29  12  2  98
  SPICER, Sean ..............   0.2  3  3  3  1  1   0  0  0  0    5  6   1  0  21
  LILLIS, Chris .............   0.1  1  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0    2  2   1  0   8
  BAIONE, Joe ...............   0.0  1  3  3  2  0   0  0  0  0    1  3   0  0  15
  WOODHULL, Tim .............   1.0  1  0  0  0  1   0  0  0  0    4  4   2  0  16

  Georgia Tech                   IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Tim Ladd  W,2-0............   7.0  4  1  1  0  5   0  0  1  0   25 26   6 10  90
  Tim Gustafson .............   1.0  1  2  0  1  0   0  0  0  0    5  6   0  2  20
  Matt Wieters ..............   1.0  2  1  1  0  2   0  0  0  0    5  5   1  0  23

  PUSTAY faced 2 batters in the 7th.
  BAIONE faced 3 batters in the 8th.

  HBP - by Ladd, T. (HOOK). PB - MEADE 2(2). Inherited runners/scored: SPICER 2/2; LILLIS,
  C. 2/1; WOODHULL 1/1. Pitches/strikes: PUSTAY 98/71; SPICER 21/13; LILLIS, C. 8/5;
  BAIONE 15/4; WOODHULL 16/10; Ladd, T. 90/56; Gustafson, T 20/10; Wieters, M. 23/16.

  Strikeouts - GROSE; FRAZIER; CEGLES; QUERNS; STAVRAKIS; FELIZ; EDWARDS; Kindel, J.;
  Blackwood, S 3. Walks - HILL, R.; Hodges, W. 2; Kindel, J.; Blackwood, S.

  Umpires - HP: Randy Watkins  1B: Arthur Schmidt  3B: Ken Couch
  Start: 1:04 pm   Time: 2:28   Attendance: 1528