June 3, 2006

Tech Advances to NCAA Atlanta Regional Title Game with 7-3 victory over Vanderbilt

ATLANTA - Left-handed pitcher Lee Hyde (5-0) threw 6.1 strong innings, scattering four hits, allowing three runs, two earned runs and struck out five, while catcher Matt Weiters went 3-for-3, with one RBI and shortstop Michael Fisher went 3-for-5, with two runs batted in, to lead top-seeded Georgia Tech (47-16) past No. 2 seed Vanderbilt (37-26), 7-3, in the NCAA Atlanta Regional at Russ Chandler Stadium on Saturday night.

With the win, Tech advances to the regional championship game for the third consecutive season, winning the previous two. That game will be on Sunday and the Jackets will have to be beaten twice by either the Commodores or No. 3 seed Michigan who play an elimination game Sunday at 1 p.m., with the title game will following at 5 p.m.

First baseman Luke Murton hit his sixth home run of the season, fourth in the last three games, and finished 1-for-3, with two walks and one RBI. Left fielder Jeff Kindel went 2-for-5, with a double and one RBI to pace the Jackets offensively.

Left-handed pitcher David Price (9-5) worked 6.1 innings for the Commodores, allowing eight hits, seven runs, seven earned runs, striking out eight and walked five in the loss. Ryan Flaherty led the bats for Vandy, going 1-for-4, with two RBI.

The Yellow Jackets pushed three runs across in the top of the second inning on a leadoff home run by Murton and two bases loaded walks by Steven Blackwood and Weiters with two outs as Tech led 3-0.

Kindel led off the top of the sixth inning with a double down the right field line, designated hitter Wes Hodges was then hit-by-a-pitch and both advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by right fielder Wally Crancer. Fisher then delivered a base hit up the middle to plate two runs for Tech and increase its lead to five, 5-0.

VU's David Macias broke up Hyde's no-hitter in the bottom of the sixth inning with a double down the left field line. After a Tech error, Flaherty doubled to the right-center field gap to plate two runs and cut the deficit to three, 5-2.

Kindel drove in a run for the Jackets in the top of the seventh inning on a double to left-center field and Murton scored on a wild pitch to put the Rambling Wreck up by five for the second time in the game, 7-2.

The Commodores' Alex Feinberg drove in a run with a double off the left field line and Vandy had the bases loaded with one out after consecutive walks by Tech left-handed reliever Tim Ladd. Ladd then retired VU's top hitter in Pedro Alvarez on a pop out to shortstop and induced a fly out to center field to end the inning with the Jackets on top, 7-3.

Right-hander Brad Rulon entered the game for the Jackets on the mound and retired six of eight batters faced to keep the Commodores off the scoreboard over the final two innings and preserve the four-run victory.

NOTES: Luke Murton has homered in three of his last four games, coming in seven at bats....Matt Weiters has reached base in 9-of-10 at bats (six hits and three walks) in regional play....Tech is 11-1 when playing two games on the same day this season....Michael Fisher tied a career-high with three hits in a single game....Tech advances to its third straight NCAA Regional Championship game and has never lost twice heading into Sunday, winning the 2000, '02, '04 and '05 regional titles....VU's Shea Robin extends hitting streak to eight games....Steve Shea has not allowed a run in three appearances in the NCAA postseason (3.1 innings pitched) in his Commodore career.

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              2006 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
             #4 Georgia Tech at Vanderbilt
   June 3, 2006 at Atlanta, Ga. (Russ Chandler Stadium)

Georgia Tech 7 (47-16)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB  Avg.
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Mike Trapani 2b..........  5  0  1  0   0  0  0  3   0  .309
Steven Blackwood cf/lf...  4  0  1  1   1  2  4  0   1  .286
Matt Wieters c...........  3  1  3  1   2  0  6  0   0  .349
Whit Robbins 3b..........  5  0  0  0   0  3  0  2   4  .358
Luke Murton 1b...........  3  2  1  1   2  2 11  1   1  .322
Jeff Kindel lf...........  5  1  2  1   0  0  1  0   3  .336
 Chris House cf..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0  .250
Wes Hodges dh............  1  1  0  0   1  0  0  0   0  .337
 Nick Scherer pr.........  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0  .333
 Brad Feltes ph..........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0  .118
 Ryan Tinkoff ph.........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0  .263
Wally Crancer rf.........  4  0  0  0   0  2  2  0   0  .319
Michael Fisher ss........  5  1  3  2   0  1  2  3   2  .272
Lee Hyde p...............  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0 1.000
 Tim Ladd p..............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 Brad Rulon p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
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Totals................... 37  7 11  6   6 12 27 10  11

Vanderbilt 3 (37-26)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB  Avg.
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David Macias cf..........  4  1  1  0   1  1  3  0   0  .326
Pedro Alvarez 3b.........  4  1  0  0   1  0  0  2   1  .323
Ryan Flaherty ss.........  4  0  1  2   0  0  0  1   3  .352
Brian Hernandez c........  4  0  0  0   0  1 11  0   1  .300
Dominic de la Osa lf.....  4  0  1  0   0  1  1  0   1  .311
Shea Robin dh............  4  1  1  0   0  2  0  0   0  .333
Ryan Davis rf............  3  0  0  0   1  0  2  0   0  .324
Alex Feinberg 2b.........  4  0  1  1   0  0  3  3   2  .314
Brad French 1b...........  3  0  0  0   1  1  6  0   0  .314
David Price p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0     -
 Stephen Shao p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0  .000
 Josh Zeid p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0     -
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Totals................... 34  3  5  3   4  6 27  7   8

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Georgia Tech........ 030 002 200 -  7 11  2
Vanderbilt.......... 000 002 100 -  3  5  0
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E - Trapani, M.(7); Murton, L.(5). DP - Vanderbilt 1. LOB - Georgia Tech 11;
Vanderbilt 8. 2B - Kindel, J. 2(18); Macias(5); Flaherty(19); Robin(16);
Feinberg(9). HR - Murton, L.(6). HBP - Hodges, W.. SH - Crancer, W.(2). 
SB - Wieters, M.(3).

Georgia Tech           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP   ERA
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Lee Hyde............  6.1  4  3  2  1  5 25 26  76  3.15
Tim Ladd............  0.2  0  0  0  2  0  2  4  17  4.37
Brad Rulon..........  2.0  1  0  0  1  1  7  8  36  2.40

Vanderbilt             IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP   ERA
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David Price.........  6.1  8  7  7  5  8 25 32 126  4.16
Stephen Shao........  1.2  3  0  0  1  2  9 10  43  3.62
Josh Zeid...........  1.0  0  0  0  0  2  3  3  23  5.48

Win - Hyde, L. (5-0).  Loss - Price (9-5).  Save - None.
WP - Shao, S.(2). HBP - by Price (Hodges, W.). Inherited runners/scored: Ladd,
T. 1/0; Shao, S. 2/2. Pitches/strikes: Hyde, L. 76/50; Ladd, T. 17/7; Rulon, B.
36/20; Price 126/70; Shao, S. 43/27; Zeid 23/15.
Umpires - HP: Ken McQueen  1B: Jim Jackson  2B: David Wiley  3B: Frank Neves
Start: 7:05 pm   Time: 3:07   Attendance: 2721