February 24, 2008

Tech Completes Series Sweep of Youngstown State with 5-1 Win

ATLANTA - Starter Zach Von Tersch and a trio of relievers held Youngstown State (0-3) to one run on five hits and Charlie Blackmon drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of a four-run eighth inning as No. 25 Georgia Tech (3-0) completed a three-game sweep of the Penguins with a 5-1 win Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Von Tersch held Youngstown State to one run on four hits in six innings of work. He struck out five on the afternoon while issuing just one walk. Andrew Robinson, Brad Rulon and Chris Hicks all worked scoreless innings in relief to secure the sweep for the Yellow Jackets.

The one run marks the fewest given up in a three-game series by the Yellow Jackets in nearly 99 years, since outscoring Sewanee 21-1 in a three-game series May 14-15, 1909. It marks the only time in school history the Jackets have held an opponent to just one run in three nine-inning games, as two of Techís contests against Sewanee were seven-inning games.

Youngstown State snapped a streak of 19 2/3 scoreless innings for the Yellow Jacket pitchers when Eric Marzec singled to lead off the second inning, moved to third on a single by Dustin Wachter and scored on an RBI single by Sean Lucas.

Tech answered with a run in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at 1-1 when Tony Plagman sent the first pitch he saw over the right field wall for his first home run of the season.

The score remained tied until Georgia Tech plated four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Freshman Chase Burnette singled to lead off the frame, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chris House, advanced to third on a single by Derek Dietrich and scored on Blackmonís fielderís choice. Luke Murton then hit a two-out single through the right side to move Blackmon to second and the two scored on Curtis Dupartís pinch-hit double down the right field line. Dupart came around to score on Patrick Longís RBI single for the final run of the game.

Murton and Thomas Nichols led Tech with two hits apiece while Lucas paced the Penguins with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate.

Ryan Sellman (0-1) took the loss for Youngstown State, giving up two runs on two hits in 0.1 innings of work. Rulon (1-0) picked up the win by tossing a perfect eighth inning.

The Yellow Jackets will continue their season-opening 13-game homestand by hosting Georgia Southern for a pair of midweek games beginning Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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              2008 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
         Youngstown State at #25 Georgia Tech
 Feb 24, 2008 at Atlanta, Ga. (Russ Chandler Stadium)

Youngstown State 1 (0-3)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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KOEHNLEIN, John cf.......  4  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   2
PAGE, Josh 2b............  4  0  0  0   0  2  3  2   0
IACOBUCCI, Joe lf........  3  0  1  0   1  1  1  0   0
CLAYTON, Tom dh..........  3  0  0  0   1  2  0  0   1
WACHTER, Dustin c........  4  1  1  0   0  1  4  0   1
MARZEC, Eric rf..........  3  0  1  0   0  1  7  0   0
 PORTER, Anthony ph......  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
 REITENBACH, Jason pr....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
TURJANICA, Mike 1b.......  4  0  0  0   0  1  6  0   1
LUCAS, Sean 3b...........  3  0  2  1   0  0  1  2   0
LEON, David ss...........  3  0  0  0   0  0  1  3   1
SWENSON, Aaron p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
 SELLMAN, Ryan p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 WACKERMAN, Ryan p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 SCHIFFHAUER, Chuck p....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 31  1  5  1   3  8 24  9   6

Georgia Tech 5 (3-0)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Chris House lf...........  3  0  0  0   0  0  3  1   1
Derek Dietrich ss........  3  0  1  0   0  0  2  4   0
Charlie Blackmon dh......  4  1  1  1   0  1  0  0   0
Luke Murton rf/1b........  4  1  2  0   0  1  2  0   0
Tony Plagman 1b..........  3  1  1  1   0  1  6  2   1
 Curtis Dupart ph/rf.....  1  1  1  2   0  0  0  0   0
Brad Feltes 3b...........  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   1
 Patrick Long 3b.........  1  0  1  1   0  0  0  0   0
Thomas Nichols 2b........  4  0  2  0   0  0  3  3   1
Jeff Rowland cf..........  3  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   1
 Jay Dantzler cf.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Cole Leonida c...........  2  0  0  0   0  0  7  1   0
 Chase Burnette ph.......  1  1  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Jason Haniger c.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Zach Von Tersch p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Andrew Robinson p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Brad Rulon p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Chris Hicks p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 32  5 10  5   0  4 27 12   5

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Youngstown State.... 010 000 000 -  1  5  0
Georgia Tech........ 010 000 04X -  5 10  3
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E - Dietrich, D. 2(2); Nichols, T.(1). DP - Youngstown 1; Georgia Tech 3.
LOB - Youngstown 6; Georgia Tech 5. 2B - Dupart, C.(1); Nichols, T.(1). 
HR - Plagman, T.(1). HBP - Dietrich, D.. SH - House, C.(1). SB - LUCAS, S.(1);
Blackmon, C.(1).

Youngstown State       IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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SWENSON, Aaron......  7.0  5  1  1  0  4 25 26  97
SELLMAN, Ryan.......  0.1  2  2  2  0  0  2  3   6
WACKERMAN, Ryan.....  0.1  1  1  1  0  0  2  2   4
SCHIFFHAUER, Chuck..  0.1  2  1  1  0  0  3  3   8

Georgia Tech           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Zach Von Tersch.....  6.0  4  1  1  1  5 22 23  72
Andrew Robinson.....  1.0  1  0  0  0  0  4  4  17
Brad Rulon..........  1.0  0  0  0  0  2  3  3  14
Chris Hicks.........  1.0  0  0  0  2  1  2  4  15

Win - Rulon, B. (1-0).  Loss - SELLMAN, R. (0-1).  Save - None.

WP - Von Tersch(1). HBP - by SWENSON, A. (Dietrich, D.). PB - WACHTER, D.(1).
Inherited runners/scored: WACKERMAN, R 2/0; SCHIFFHAUER 2/2. Pitches/strikes:
SWENSON, A. 97/69; SELLMAN, R. 6/5; WACKERMAN, R 4/2; SCHIFFHAUER 8/5; Von
Tersch 72/52; Robinson, A. 17/11; Rulon, B. 14/11; Hicks, C. 15/6.

Umpires - HP: David Grooms  1B: Randy Watkins  3B: Jason Bradley
Start: 1:02 pm   Time: 2:25   Attendance: 1379