February 22, 2008

Duncan Pitches No. 25 Tech Baseball to 14-0 Win in Season Opener

ATLANTA - David Duncan tossed seven shutout innings while Chris House and Charlie Blackmon led the Yellow Jackets with three hits each as No. 25 Georgia Tech (1-0) defeated Youngstown State (0-1), 14-0, in the season opener Friday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Duncan (1-0) pitched an efficient seven innings, throwing just 80 pitches and yielding only two hits to the Penguins. He struck out six and walked two before Deck McGuire and Michael Hutts closed out the game with scoreless innings of work. The trio allowed just three singles and just one runner past first base in the game.

House and Blackmon both went 3-for-5 on the day, while Luke Murton, Jason Haniger and Jay Dantzler added two hits apiece. Dantzler drove in a game-high three runs, two of which came on his first career home run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The Jackets opened the bottom of the first inning with four-consecutive singles, the last of which, by Murton, plated House and freshman shortstop Derek Dietrich before a sacrifice fly by Tony Plagman gave Tech a 3-0 lead.

The score remained 3-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning, when Tech added four unearned runs to push its lead to seven. With two outs and the bases loaded, Jeff Usseryís drive to center field was dropped by John Koehnlein to score Blackmon, Murton and Plagman before Dantzler drove in Ussery for the final run of the frame with a pinch-hit RBI single.

Plagman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Techís eighth run of the game with two outs in the eighth before Thomas Nichols drove in two runs on a triple to left field. Dantzler then scored Nichols with the teamís first home run of the season to cap the scoring for the Jackets.

Lucas Engle (0-1) took the loss for the Penguins, giving up six runs, only two of which were earned, on eight hits in 4.2 innings pitched.

The Jackets and Penguins will continue the series Saturday with a 2 p.m. game at Russ Chandler Stadium.

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              2008 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
        Youngstown State at #25 Georgia Tech
 Feb 22, 2008 at Atlanta, Ga. (Russ Chandler Stadium)

Youngstown State 0 (0-1)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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KOEHNLEIN, John cf.......  4  0  0  0   0  0  4  0   0
PAGE, Josh 2b............  4  0  1  0   0  1  2  0   0
PORTER, Anthony dh.......  1  0  0  0   2  1  0  0   0
MARZEC, Eric rf..........  4  0  0  0   0  3  3  1   2
IACOBUCCI, Joe lf........  2  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
 CLAYTON, Tom ph/lf......  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   1
WACHTER, Dustin c........  3  0  1  0   0  2  6  1   0
TURJANICA, Mike 1b.......  3  0  0  0   0  0  5  0   1
LUCAS, Sean 3b...........  3  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
LEON, David ss...........  3  0  1  0   0  0  2  3   0
ENGLE, Lucas p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
 WACKERMAN, Ryan p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 SELLMAN, Ryan p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 KLEIN, Phil p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 ANTINONE, Joe p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 28  0  3  0   2  8 24  7   4

Georgia Tech 14 (1-0)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Chris House lf...........  5  2  3  0   0  0  1  0   1
 Curtis Dupart ph/rf.....  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Derek Dietrich ss........  4  1  1  0   0  0  3  2   2
Charlie Blackmon dh......  5  3  3  0   0  0  0  0   0
Luke Murton rf...........  3  2  2  2   2  0  1  0   0
 Loyall Gause lf.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Patrick Long 3b..........  3  0  0  0   1  0  0  1   1
Tony Plagman 1b..........  2  2  0  2   1  1  9  0   0
Jason Haniger c..........  5  1  2  2   0  2  8  1   3
Jeff Ussery 2b...........  3  1  0  0   1  1  2  5   0
 Thomas Nichols ph/2b....  1  1  1  2   0  0  0  1   0
Jeff Rowland cf..........  2  0  1  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Jay Dantzler ph/cf......  3  1  2  3   0  0  1  0   1
David Duncan p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Deck McGuire p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Michael Hutts p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 37 14 15 11   5  4 27 11   8

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Youngstown State.... 000 000 000 -  0  3  4
Georgia Tech........ 300 040 07X - 14 15  0
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E - KOEHNLEIN, J(1); PAGE, J.(1); TURJANICA, M(1); LEON, D.(1). DP - Georgia
Tech 1. LOB - Youngstown 4; Georgia Tech 8. 2B - Blackmon, C.(1). 3B -
Haniger, J.(1); Nichols, T.(1). HR - Dantzler, J.(1). HBP - PORTER, A.;
Dietrich, D.; Plagman, T.. SH - Long, P.(1). SF - Plagman, T.(1). SB -
Rowland, J.(1); Dantzler, J.(1). CS - LEON, D.(1); Ussery, J.(1).

Youngstown State       IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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ENGLE, Lucas........  4.2  8  6  2  4  2 19 25  78
WACKERMAN, Ryan.....  0.1  1  1  0  0  0  3  3  12
SELLMAN, Ryan.......  1.0  1  0  0  0  0  4  4  11
KLEIN, Phil.........  1.2  3  5  5  1  2  8 11  46
ANTINONE, Joe.......  0.1  2  2  2  0  0  3  3   5

Georgia Tech           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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David Duncan........  7.0  2  0  0  2  6 21 23  80
Deck McGuire........  1.0  0  0  0  0  1  3  3  14
Michael Hutts.......  1.0  1  0  0  0  1  4  5  14

Win - Duncan, D. (1-0).  Loss - ENGLE, L. (0-1).  Save - None.

WP - KLEIN, P. 2(2). HBP - by KLEIN, P. (Dietrich, D.); by KLEIN, P. (Plagman,
T.); by Hutts, M. (PORTER, A.). Inherited runners/scored: WACKERMAN, R 3/3;
ANTINONE, J. 2/2. Pitches/strikes: ENGLE, L. 78/48; WACKERMAN, R 12/8; SELLMAN,
R. 11/6; KLEIN, P. 46/29; ANTINONE, J. 5/3; Duncan, D. 80/57; McGuire, D. 14/9;
Hutts, M. 14/8.

Umpires - HP: Ken Couch  1B: Craig Mirr  3B: Rick Brown
Start: 4:00 pm   Time: 2:33   Attendance: 1158