March 11, 2006

TRAPANI LIFTS TECH OVER VIRGINIA 7-6

ATLANTA - Mike Trapani's two-out eighth-inning RBI single capped a four-run comeback and lifted top-ranked Georgia Tech (16-0, 2-0 ACC) to a 7-6 win over Virginia (14-4, 0-2) on Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The Yellow Jackets extended the nation's longest winning streak to 16 games. Tech's 16-0 start ties for the second best in school history, trailing only a 17-0 start in 2003.

Georgia Tech improved to 28-1 in its last 29 home conference games.

Trailing 6-3, Georgia Tech rallied to tie the score at 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh inning on a three-run homer from Wes Hodges. Mike Trapani and Michael Fisher led off the inning with back-to-back singles before Hodges belted his first home run of the year off Virginia reliever Casey Lambert.

The Yellow Jackets completed the comeback in the eighth inning. Whit Robbins led off the inning with a double down the left field line, and he took third base when left fielder Brandon Guyer misplayed the ball. Lambert nearly worked out of the jam when he retired the next two batters on a ground ball right at the third baseman and a strikeout, but Trapani delivered a two-out single to right field to bring home the go-ahead run.

"I was sitting on a curveball, and he threw me a curveball," said Trapani on his game-winning hit. "Wes Hodges' three-run homer is what got us going. I have to give credit to Michael Fisher. He played unbelievable defense all day."

Tim Gustafson (1-0) earned the win in relief, working 1.1 scoreless innings to close out the game. Tech's bullpen of Gustafson, David Duncan and Jared Hyatt combined to allow just one run in 4.1 innings.

Lambert (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in two innings.

Trapani finished 2-for-4, and Jeff Kindel added two hits.

Virginia's Jeremy Farrell went 3-for-3 with a a home run, two singles and three RBI.

Georgia Tech jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single from Kindel and a sacrifice fly from Luke Murton. Virginia answered in the second inning when Farrell hit a two-run homer, his first of the year, to tie the game at 2-2.

A solo home run from David Adams, his team-leading third of the year, gave the Cavaliers a 3-2 lead in the third inning.

Virginia added two runs in the fifth inning to extend the lead to 5-2. After the first two batters were quickly retired, Adams drew a walk and Brandon Guyer followed with a single. Farrell delivered an RBI single and Guyer scored on a wild pitch.

Tech rallied in the sixth inning to close within 5-3, but did not capitalize on an opportunity to score more runs. Jeff Kindel had a one-out single, and walks to Matt Wieters and Whit Robbins loaded the bases and chased Thompson from the game. Kindel scored on a wild pitch, but Virginia reliever Michael Schwimer worked out of the jam by getting a strikeout and a fly out to end the inning.

The Cavs answered with a run in the top of the seventh to make the score 6-3. A leadoff walk to Sean Doolittle, a double from Brandon Guyer and an intentional walk to Farrell loaded the bases with one out, and Tom Hagan followed with an RBI groundout.

Tech starter Lee Hyde did not figure in the decision after working 4.2 innings and allowing five runs on eight hits.

Virginia starter Jacob Thompson pitched well but did not figure in the decision. After surrendering two runs on two hits in the first, Thompson settled down to retire 15 straight batters. He worked 5.1 innings and held the Yellow Jackets to three runs on three hits.

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                               2006 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
                                Virginia at Georgia Tech
                   March 11, 2006 at Atlanta, Ga. (Russ Chandler Stadium)
 
  Virginia 6 (14-4,0-2 ACC)                     Georgia Tech 7 (16-0,2-0 ACC)
  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
  ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
  Tim Henry cf...............  5  0  0  0       Danny Payne cf.............  4  1  1  0
  Brandon Marsh rf...........  5  0  2  0       Wes Hodges 3b..............  4  1  1  3
  Sean Doolittle 1b..........  4  1  1  0       Jeff Kindel rf.............  4  2  2  1
  David Adams 2b.............  3  3  2  1       Matt Wieters c.............  2  0  0  0
  Brandon Guyer lf...........  5  1  2  0       Whit Robbins 1b............  2  1  1  0
  Jeremy Farrell 3b..........  3  1  3  3       Luke Murton dh.............  3  0  0  1
   Patrick Wingfield pr/3b...  1  0  0  0       Steven Blackwood lf........  4  0  0  0
  Tom Hagan dh...............  4  0  2  1       Mike Trapani 2b............  4  1  2  1
  Beau Seabury c.............  3  0  0  0       Michael Fisher ss..........  4  1  1  0
   Ryan Hudson ph............  1  0  0  0       Lee Hyde p.................  0  0  0  0
  Greg Miclat ss.............  4  0  1  0        Jared Hyatt p.............  0  0  0  0
  Jacob Thompson p...........  0  0  0  0        David Duncan p............  0  0  0  0
   Michael Schwimer p........  0  0  0  0        Tim Gustafson p...........  0  0  0  0
   Casey Lambert p...........  0  0  0  0
  ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
  Totals..................... 38  6 13  5       Totals..................... 31  7  8  6
 
  Score by Innings                    R  H  E
  -------------------------------------------
  Virginia............ 021 020 100 -  6 13  1
  Georgia Tech........ 200 001 31X -  7  8  1
  -------------------------------------------
 
  E - Guyer, B.(1); Kindel, J.(2). DP - Georgia Tech 2. LOB - Virginia 11; Georgia
  Tech 5. 2B - Guyer, B.(8); Robbins, W.(3). HR - Adams, D.(3); Farrell, J.(1);
  Hodges, W.(2). SF - Murton, L.(1).
 
  Virginia                       IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Jacob Thompson ............   5.1  3  3  3  4  5   1  1  0  0   18 23   6  5  97
  Michael Schwimer ..........   0.2  2  2  2  0  1   1  0  0  0    4  4   1  0  18
  Casey Lambert  L,0-1.......   2.0  3  2  2  0  2   0  0  0  0    9  9   2  2  26
 
  Georgia Tech                   IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Lee Hyde ..................   4.2  8  5  5  2  3   0  0  0  0   21 23   6  4  84
  Jared Hyatt ...............   1.2  2  1  1  3  1   1  0  0  2    7 10   1  3  38
  David Duncan ..............   1.1  1  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0    5  5   2  2  21
  Tim Gustafson  W,1-0.......   1.1  2  0  0  1  0   0  0  0  1    5  6   0  3  15

  Schwimer, M. faced 2 batters in the 7th.
 
  WP - Thompson, J.(1); Schwimer, M.(1); Hyatt, J.(1); Duncan, D.(1). BK - Thompson,
  J.(1). PB - Wieters, M.(1). Inherited runners/scored: Schwimer, M. 3/1; Lambert, C. 2/2;
  Hyatt, J. 2/2; Duncan, D. 3/0; Gustafson, T 1/0. Pitches/strikes: Thompson, J. 97/55;
  Schwimer, M. 18/13; Lambert, C. 26/20; Hyde, L. 84/53; Hyatt, J. 38/17; Duncan, D.
  21/14; Gustafson, T 15/10.
 
  Strikeouts - Henry, T.; Doolittle, S; Seabury, B. 2; Payne, D. 3; Hodges, W.;
  Murton, L. 2; Blackwood, S; Trapani, M.. Walks - Doolittle, S; Adams, D. 2; Farrell,
  J.; Hagan, T.; Seabury, B.; Wieters, M. 2; Robbins, W. 2.
 
  Umpires - HP: Bruce Ravan  1B: Scott Erby  3B: Tony Walsh
  Start: 1:01 pm   Time: 2:55   Attendance: 1962