May 14, 2006

TECH COMPLETES SWEEP OF DUKE 18-6

ATLANTA - Whit Robbins homered and drove in five runs to lead No. 8 Georgia Tech (39-13, 17-10 ACC) to an 18-6 win and three game sweep of visiting Duke (14-39, 6-24) on Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Georgia Tech extended its winning streak over Duke to 19 games dating to 2001.

The Yellow Jackets broke open a 6-6 game with a nine-run sixth inning.

Robbins went 3-for-5 with his team-leading 12th home run of the season. Mike Trapani, Matt Wieters, Steven Blackwood and Jeff Kindel added two RBI.

Tech outhit Duke, 18-8, as 11 different players had at least one hit in the game. Trapani, Wieters, Blackwood, Kindel and Wes Hodges each had two hits.

Brad Rulon (4-0) earned the win in relief, working 1.2 scoreless innings. Techís bullpen of Rulon, Ryan Turner and Michael Hutts worked 5.2 innings and allowed just one run.

Andrew Wolcott (1-5) took the loss out of the Duke bullpen, allowing four runs in two innings.

The Blue Devils took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI single from Nate Freiman and an RBI groundout from Javier Socorro.

The Yellow Jackets tied the game at 2-2 in the third inning. Mike Trapani and Michael Fisher had back-to-back doubles and Whit Robbins added a two-run single.

Duke scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 5-3 lead. Matt Williams had an RBI single, Jonathan Nicolla had an RBI double and Daniel Palmer drove in a run with squeeze bunt.

Tech answered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run single from Matt Wieters and a bases loaded walk to Trapani to tie the game at 5-5.

In the fifth inning, Luke Murton was hit by a pitch and scored on Trapaniís two-out RBI double to give the Yellow Jackets a 6-5 lead.

The Blue Devils tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the sixth inning when Matt Williams singled and scored on an RBI single from Jimmy Gallagher.

Tech broke the game open with a nine-run sixth inning that made the score 15-6. The Yellow Jackets sent 13 batters to the plate and were aided by three Duke errors that led to seven unearned runs. Whit Robbins had an RBI triple and a sacrifice fly in the inning, Jeff Kindel had a two-run double and Steven Blackwood had an RBI single.

The Jackets added three runs in the eighth inning, including a two-run homer from Robbins and an RBI single from Jason Haniger, to provide the final 18-6 margin.

Neither starting pitcher figured in the decision. Techís John Goodman and Dukeís Jimmy Gallagher each allowed five runs in 3.1 innings.

Georgia Tech hosts Wofford on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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                               2006 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
                                Duke at #8 Georgia Tech
                   May 14, 2006 at Atlanta, Ga. (Russ Chandler Stadium)
 
  Duke 6 (14-39,6-24 ACC)                       Georgia Tech 18 (39-13,17-10 ACC)
  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
  ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
  Jimmy Gallagher p/dh.......  4  1  2  1       Mike Trapani 2b............  3  1  2  2
  Jonathan Anderson cf.......  3  0  0  0        Ryan Tinkoff 2b...........  1  1  1  0
  Brett Bartles ss...........  4  1  1  0       Steven Blackwood cf/lf.....  4  2  2  2
  Nate Freiman 1b............  5  1  2  1        Lee Hyde ph/lf............  1  1  1  0
  Javier Socorro 2b..........  5  1  0  1       Matt Wieters c.............  5  2  2  2
  Adam Murray 3b.............  4  0  0  0        Jason Haniger ph/c........  1  0  1  1
  Matt Williams c............  5  2  2  1       Jeff Kindel lf/rf..........  3  2  2  2
  Jonathan Nicolla rf........  3  0  1  1        Nick Scherer ph/rf........  1  0  0  0
  Daniel Palmer lf...........  2  0  0  1       Whit Robbins 3b/1b.........  5  1  3  5
   Andrew Wolcott p..........  0  0  0  0       Wes Hodges dh..............  6  1  2  0
   Russell Durfee p..........  0  0  0  0        Chris Hicks pr............  0  0  0  0
                                                Luke Murton 1b.............  2  3  1  0
                                                 Brad Feltes 3b............  1  0  0  0
                                                Wally Crancer rf...........  3  2  0  1
                                                 Chris House cf............  1  0  0  0
                                                Michael Fisher ss..........  5  2  1  0
                                                John Goodman p.............  0  0  0  0
                                                 Ryan Turner p.............  0  0  0  0
                                                 Brad Rulon p..............  0  0  0  0
                                                 Michael Hutts p...........  0  0  0  0
  ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
  Totals..................... 35  6  8  6       Totals..................... 42 18 18 15
 
  Score by Innings                    R  H  E
  -------------------------------------------
  Duke................ 200 301 000 -  6  8  3
  Georgia Tech........ 002 319 03X - 18 18  3
  -------------------------------------------
 
  E - Bartles, B. 2(19); Socorro, J.(11); Robbins, W.(9); Feltes, B.(2); Fisher,
  M.(19). DP - Duke 2. LOB - Duke 10; Georgia Tech 10. 2B - Nicolla, J.(10); Trapani,
  M. 2(9); Blackwood, S(14); Wieters, M.(16); Kindel, J.(13); Hodges, W.(18). 
  3B - Robbins, W.(1). HR - Robbins, W.(12). HBP - Murton, L.; Crancer, W.. 
  SH - Anderson, J.(9); Murray, A.(2); Palmer, D. 2(7). SF - Robbins, W.(3).
 
  Duke                           IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Jimmy Gallagher ...........   3.1  6  5  5  5  2   0  0  1  0   15 21   5  2  90
  Andrew Wolcott  L,1-5......   2.0  4  4  3  1  0   0  0  1  0    9 12   5  1  39
  Russell Durfee ............   2.2  8  9  3  1  1   1  0  0  0   18 19   2  4  71
 
  Georgia Tech                   IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  John Goodman ..............   3.1  4  5  4  2  2   0  0  0  0   13 18   3  5  58
  Ryan Turner ...............   2.0  3  1  1  1  3   0  0  0  0    8 10   1  2  46
  Brad Rulon  W,4-0..........   1.2  0  0  0  1  1   0  0  0  0    6  7   3  1  29
  Michael Hutts .............   2.0  1  0  0  0  2   0  0  0  0    8  8   2  2  27
 
  WP - Durfee, R.(4). HBP - by Gallagher, J (Crancer, W.); by Wolcott, A. (Murton, L.).
  Inherited runners/scored: Wolcott, A. 2/0; Durfee, R. 2/2; Turner, R. 2/0; Rulon, B.
  2/0. Pitches/strikes: Gallagher, J 90/49; Wolcott, A. 39/20; Durfee, R. 71/45; Goodman,
  J. 58/38; Turner, R. 46/29; Rulon, B. 29/18; Hutts, M. 27/18.
 
  Strikeouts - Gallagher, J; Anderson, J. 3; Bartles, B.; Freiman, N.; Socorro, J.;
  Murray, A.; Kindel, J.; Hodges, W.; Feltes, B.. Walks - Gallagher, J; Anderson, J.;
  Bartles, B.; Nicolla, J.; Trapani, M. 2; Blackwood, S; Kindel, J. 2; Murton, L. 2.
 
  Umpires - HP: Mickey Fuqua  1B: Bruce Ravan  3B: Joe Marion
  Start: 1:02 pm   Time: 3:13   Attendance: 1005