May 24, 2007

Jackets Fall to Virginia 4-1 in ACC Tournament

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Brandon Guyer's RBI single in the top of the eighth inning helped third-seeded Virginia (43-13) to a 4-1 win over No. 7 Georgia Tech (32-24) Thursday afternoon in the fifth game of the 2007 ACC Tournament. With the win, the Yellow Jackets move to 1-1 in the postseason, while Virginia improved to 2-0.

Brandon Marsh led off the eighth with a single off Tech reliever Jared Hyatt, stole second base, moved to third on a groundout by Sean Doolittle, and scored on Guyer's second hit of the game to break a 1-1 tie. The Cavaliers then added a pair of runs in the top of the ninth for the final three run margin.

Hyatt (8-1) took his first loss of the season and suffered just the third loss of his Tech career giving up one run on six hits while striking out one.

Jake Rule (6-4) picked up the win by tossing 2.1 innings in relief. He held the Jackets scoreless while giving up just one hit and striking out three.

Virginia took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Brandon Marsh reached on a leadoff double, moved to third on a single by Guyer and scored on a sacrifice fly by David Adams.

Georgia Tech cracked the scoreboard in the fifth inning to tie the game at 1-1 on an RBI single by Tony Plagman. After Cavalier starter Doolittle retired 11-straight batters following a leadoff walk to Danny Payne in the first inning, Wally Crancer led off the fifth inning with a single to centerfield, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Luke Murton, and scored on Plagman's two-out hit.

Both starting pitchers pitched well, but neither figured into the decision. Tech's Eddie Burns held the Cavs to one run on five hits with striking out five and walking one but did not return to the mound for the seventh inning after rain delayed play for 39 minutes in the bottom of the sixth. Doolittle went 5.1 innings, giving up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out eight. He left the game after he walked the first batter he faced following the rain delay.

"For the most part I was pleased with the way we played," Tech head coach Danny Hall said. "I thought that Eddie Burns pitched well, really battled and pitched out of some tough jams to keep us in the game. We had a hard time hitting Doolittle early on, but it seemed like we were getting to him before we had that rain delay. But give (Jake) Rule credit, he came in and got a double play in a key situation with the bases loaded. We had some other chances to get a hit and get the lead or make it a lot closer than it appeared, but couldn't do it."

The Yellow Jackets wrap up bracket play in the ACC Tournament Saturday with a 10 a.m. game against NC State.

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              2007 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
             #5 Virginia vs Georgia Tech
May 24, 2007 at Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, Fla.

Virginia 4 (43-13)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Tyler Cannon ss..........  5  0  0  0   0  2  2  4   2
Brandon Marsh rf.........  4  2  2  0   1  1  0  0   1
Sean Doolittle p/dh......  4  0  1  0   1  0  0  1   1
Brandon Guyer lf.........  4  0  2  1   0  1  2  0   0
David Adams 2b...........  3  0  0  1   0  1  5  2   0
Beau Seabury c...........  4  0  1  0   0  0 12  1   1
John Scaglione 1b........  4  1  2  0   0  0  5  1   3
Patrick Wingfield 3b.....  4  1  2  1   0  1  1  1   0
Mike Mitchell cf.........  2  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Tim Henry ph/cf.........  1  0  1  1   0  0  0  0   0
 Jake Rule p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Alex Smith p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Michael Schwimer p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 35  4 12  4   2  6 27 11   8

Georgia Tech 1 (32-24)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Danny Payne cf...........  3  0  0  0   2  2  2  0   2
Michael Fisher ss........  3  0  1  0   0  1  2  3   0
Matt Wieters c...........  4  0  1  0   0  2  6  1   0
Wally Crancer rf.........  2  1  1  0   1  1  5  0   0
Luke Murton dh...........  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   4
Patrick Long 2b..........  2  0  1  0   2  1  0  1   0
Chris House lf...........  3  0  0  0   0  0  3  0   0
Tony Plagman 1b..........  3  0  1  1   1  1  7  1   0
Brad Feltes 3b...........  4  0  0  0   0  4  2  1   3
Eddie Burns p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
 Jared Hyatt p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Brad Rulon p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 27  1  5  1   6 12 27  9   9

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Virginia............ 000 100 012 -  4 12  0
Georgia Tech........ 000 010 000 -  1  5  1
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E - Payne, D.(3). DP - Virginia 2; Georgia Tech 2. LOB - Virginia 8; Georgia
Tech 9. 2B - Marsh(9); Scaglione(3). HBP - Mitchell; Crancer, W.. SH -
Fisher, M.(6); Murton, L.(2); House, C.(3). SF - Adams(6). SB - Marsh(13);
Guyer(18). CS - Mitchell(2).

Virginia               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Sean Doolittle......  5.1  4  1  1  3  8 18 22  91
Jake Rule...........  2.1  1  0  0  1  3  5  8  33
Alex Smith..........  0.0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1   1
Michael Schwimer....  1.1  0  0  0  2  1  4  6  26

Georgia Tech           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Eddie Burns.........  6.0  5  1  1  1  5 20 23  87
Jared Hyatt.........  2.0  6  3  2  0  1 12 12  52
Brad Rulon..........  1.0  1  0  0  1  0  3  4  11

Smith faced one batter in the 8th.
Hyatt faced two batters in the 9th.

Win - Rule (5-4).  Loss - Hyatt, J. (8-1).  Save - Schwimer (2).

HBP - by Burns, E. (Mitchell); by Smith (Crancer, W.). PB - Seabury(8).
Inherited runners/scored: Rule 3/0; Smith 1/0; Schwimer 2/0; Rulon, B. 1/1.
Pitches/strikes: Doolittle 91/59; Rule 33/20; Smith 1/0; Schwimer 26/12; Burns,
E. 87/60; Hyatt, J. 52/33; Rulon, B. 11/6.

Umpires - HP: Jack Cox  1B: Scott Graham  2B: Mark Chapman  3B: Mickey Fuqua
Start: 4:05 pm   Time: 2:56   Attendance:
Rain Delay at 5:43 pm with one out in the bottom of the 6th
Play resumed at 6:22 pm; 39 minute rain delay