March 27, 2007

Jackets Win Series Opener Over Georgia Southern 10-2

ATLANTA - Eddie Burns posted a career-high 10 strikeouts while Danny Payne and Michael Fisher each recorded three hits to lead Georgia Tech (15-11) to a 10-2 victory over Georgia Southern (16-13) Tuesday evening in the series opener at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Burns (2-1) held the Eagles to just two runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits in eight innings of work before Will Hirsch closed out the game with a perfect 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Payne and Fisher both had 3-for-5 performances on the night, with Payne scoring two runs and driving in one while Fisher drove in two runs and scored another. Luke Murton and Patrick Long each went 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI against the Eagles.

The Jackets jumped on the Eagles early, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning on RBI singles by Fisher and Matt Wieters to take a 2-0 lead. Payne, Murton, Fisher and Wieters tallied four-straight hits to lead off the inning before Georgia Southern starter Josh Lairsey recorded an out on a sacrifice bunt by Wally Crancer.

Patrick Long singled to lead off the second inning, advanced to second on a sacrifice by Nick Scherer, and scored on an RBI single by Payne to push the Jackets' lead to 3-0 before the Eagles scored in the top of the third on an RBI single by Mike Economos, which plated Matt Miller and pulled Georgia Southern to within two runs, 3-1.

After GSU first baseman Jeremiah Parker reached base on a fielding error and scored on an RBI double by Brian Pierce in the top of the fourth inning, Tech answered with a run in the bottom of the frame to push the score to 4-2. With runners on first and second, Murton executed a hit-and-run with a two-out single through the left side which scored Patrick Long, who had reached earlier on a fielder's choice.

Tech extended its lead to 5-2 in the fifth inning on an RBI double by Jeff Ussery before exploding for five runs in the sixth to push the score to 10-2 for the final eight-run margin. The inning was highlighted by a pair of RBI singles by Fisher and Long, a sacrifice fly by Crancer and a triple by Payne.

Lairsey (0-1) took the loss for Georgia Southern, giving up five runs on seven hits in four innings of work.

The Jackets and Eagles conclude the midweek series Wednesday afternoon in a 3 p.m. game that is scheduled to be broadcast on SportsSouth. Tech will look to even the season series with the Eagles, as the Jackets are now 1-2 vs. Georgia Southern in 2007.

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               2007 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
             Georgia Southern at Georgia Tech
   March 27, 2007 at Atlanta, Ga. (Russ Chandler Stadium)

Georgia Southern 2 (16-13)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Jeremy Beckham 2b........  4  0  0  0   0  2  0  1   1
Matt Miller cf...........  4  1  2  0   0  0  1  0   0
A.J. Wirnsberger 3b......  4  0  2  0   0  2  0  1   0
Mike Economos rf.........  4  0  1  1   0  1  4  0   1
Griffin Benedict c.......  4  0  0  0   0  0  9  2   3
Jeremiah Parker 1b.......  4  1  1  0   0  1  6  1   0
Kyle Blackburn dh........  3  0  0  0   0  3  0  0   0
 Chris Shehan ph.........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Phillip Porter lf........  3  0  0  0   0  2  2  0   1
 Chris Hollis ph.........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Brian Pierce ss..........  3  0  1  1   0  0  2  0   0
Josh Lairsey p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
 Charlie Strohecker p....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Blake Nation p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Burt Barto p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Mike Chiciak p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 35  2  7  2   0 11 24  7   6

Georgia Tech 10 (15-11)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Danny Payne cf...........  5  2  3  1   0  1  2  0   0
Luke Murton rf...........  4  2  2  1   0  2  1  0   0
Michael Fisher ss........  5  1  3  2   0  1  0  2   3
Matt Wieters 1b..........  3  2  1  1   2  0 10  0   1
Wally Crancer dh.........  3  0  0  1   0  1  0  0   0
Curtis Dupart lf.........  4  1  0  0   1  2  3  0   0
Jeff Ussery 2b...........  4  0  1  1   1  2  0  4   2
Patrick Long 3b..........  4  2  2  1   0  0  0  3   1
Nick Scherer c...........  2  0  0  0   1  1 11  0   2
Eddie Burns p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Will Hirsch p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 34 10 12  8   5 10 27  9   9

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Georgia Southern.... 001 100 000 -  2  7  2
Georgia Tech........ 210 115 00X - 10 12  1
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E - Lairsey(2); Nation(1); Long, P.(7). LOB - Ga. Southern 6; Georgia Tech
9. 2B - Wirnsberger(10); Pierce(5); Fisher, M.(12); Ussery, J.(4). 3B -
Payne, D.(3). HBP - Murton, L.. SH - Crancer, W.(3); Scherer, N.(1). SF -
Crancer, W.(1). SB - Payne, D.(10); Murton, L.(1).

Georgia Southern       IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Josh Lairsey........  4.0  7  5  5  3  5 17 22  89
Charlie Strohecker..  1.1  3  3  2  0  1  7  8  27
Blake Nation........  0.2  1  2  0  2  0  3  6  16
Burt Barto..........  1.0  1  0  0  0  2  4  4  19
Mike Chiciak........  1.0  0  0  0  0  2  3  3  11

Georgia Tech           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Eddie Burns.........  8.0  7  2  1  0 10 32 32 105
Will Hirsch.........  1.0  0  0  0  0  1  3  3  11

Lairsey faced one batter in the 5th.

Win - Burns, E. (2-1).  Loss - Lairsey (0-1).  Save - None.
WP - Nation(2). HBP - by Strohecker (Murton, L.). Inherited runners/scored:
Strohecker 1/1; Nation 2/2. Pitches/strikes: Lairsey 89/58; Strohecker 27/20;
Nation 16/5; Barto 19/15; Chiciak 11/7; Burns, E. 105/80; Hirsch, W. 11/6.
Umpires - HP: Craig Mirr  1B: Tony Thompson  3B: Ken Couch
Start: 7:03 pm   Time: 2:26   Attendance: 1386