February 26, 2008

Freshmen Lead No. 22 Georgia Tech to 11-2 Win Over Georgia Southern

ATLANTA-Freshman starting pitcher Deck McGuire gave up one run on three hits and Thomas Nichols and Jeff Rowland drove in three runs apiece to lead No. 22 Georgia Tech (4-0) to a 11-2 win over Georgia Southern (1-3) Tuesday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.

McGuire (1-0) faced three batters over the minimum and allowed just one runner past first base to earn the first win of his career. He also struck out three and walked one.

Nichols and Rowland, also freshmen, smacked the first home runs of their careers while another newcomer, shortstop Derek Dietrich, drove in a pair of runs with a double in the third inning. Nichols went 2-for-2 with two runs and three RBI.

Chris House and Charlie Blackmon led the Yellow Jackets with 3-for-4 performances at the plate, and Tony Plagman and Jason Haniger added two hits apiece.

The Jackets took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Nichols hit a two-run home run over the right field wall that scored Plagman, who had reached base earlier in the inning on a double to right field.

Tech extended its lead to 9-0 with a seven-run third inning, which was highlighted by Dietrichís two-run double and a two-run home run by Rowland. Nichols and House also drove in runs in the inning.

Ty Wright put the Eagles on the board with a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning, but Rowland pushed Techís lead back to nine runs with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth.

Matt Miller pulled a triple down the right field line to score Jeremy Beckham in the top of the eighth inning for Georgia Southernís second run of the game before Murton pushed a bases-loaded single past the pitcher in the bottom of the frame to score Jason Haniger for the 11th and final run for the Jackets.

Beckham led the Eagles with two hits against Tech pitching. Georgia Southern starter Burt Barto (0-1) took the loss, giving up eight runs on nine hits in 2.2 innings of work.

The Jackets and Eagles will conclude the midweek series Wednesday afternoon. First pitch is at 4 p.m. with freshman right-hander Brandon Cumpton taking the mound for Georgia Tech. Live stats for the game will be available at Ramblinwreck.com.

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                  2008 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
            Georgia Southern at #22 Georgia Tech
   Feb. 26, 2008 at Atlanta, Ga. (Russ Chandler Stadium)

Georgia Southern 2 (1-3)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB  Avg.
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Matt Miller cf...........  4  0  1  1   0  1  2  0   1  .500
 David Richardson cf.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0  .000
Jonathan King lf.........  4  0  0  0   0  1  3  0   1  .368
Chris Shehan rf..........  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0  .429
 Phillip Porter rf.......  1  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0  .667
Kyle Blackburn dh........  3  1  1  1   0  1  0  0   0  .429
 Ty Wright dh............  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0  .200
A.J. Wirnsberger 3b......  2  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0  .312
 Kevin Bowles ph.........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0  .000
Jeremiah Parker 1b.......  4  0  0  0   0  0  4  3   2  .133
Griffin Benedict c.......  3  0  1  0   0  0  9  0   0  .300
Brian Pierce ss..........  3  0  0  0   0  2  1  3   0  .333
Jeremy Beckham 2b........  3  1  2  0   0  0  1  2   0  .500
Burt Barto p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 Tony Chisman p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  3  0   0     -
 Ryan Steidl p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
Totals................... 32  2  6  2   1  6 24  8   4

Georgia Tech 11 (4-0)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB  Avg.
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Jeff Rowland cf..........  3  1  1  3   0  0  3  0   2  .300
 Jay Dantzler ph/cf......  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0  .500
Patrick Long 3b..........  4  1  1  0   0  1  2  3   1  .167
 Brad Feltes ph/3b.......  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  1   0  .000
Charlie Blackmon dh......  4  1  3  0   1  0  0  0   0  .412
Luke Murton rf/1b........  5  0  1  1   0  2  4  0   0  .467
Tony Plagman 1b..........  4  2  2  0   0  1 10  1   0  .385
 Curtis Dupart ph/rf.....  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0  .333
Derek Dietrich ss........  4  1  1  2   0  1  1  4   1  .267
 Jason Garofalo ph/2b....  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   3  .000
Thomas Nichols 2b........  2  2  2  3   0  0  0  1   0  .714
 Jeff Ussery ph/2b.......  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0  .167
Chris House lf...........  4  1  3  1   0  0  1  0   0  .400
Jason Haniger c..........  3  2  2  1   0  1  6  0   0  .364
Deck McGuire p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 Taylor Wood p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
Totals................... 37 11 16 11   2  8 27 10   7

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Georgia Southern.... 000 100 010 -  2  6  0
Georgia Tech........ 027 010 01X - 11 16  0
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DP - Ga. Southern 1; Georgia Tech 1. LOB - Ga. Southern 4; Georgia Tech 7.
2B - Plagman, T.(1); Dietrich, D.(1); Haniger, J.(1). 3B - Miller(1). 
HR - Blackburn(2); Rowland, J.(1); Nichols, T.(1). HBP - Haniger, J.. 
SF - Rowland, J.(1); Nichols, T.(1). SB - Blackmon, C.(2); House, C.(1).

Georgia Southern       IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP   ERA
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Burt Barto..........  2.2  9  8  8  0  2 16 18  58 30.37
Tony Chisman........  3.1  5  2  2  0  3 13 14  58  4.15
Ryan Steidl.........  2.0  2  1  1  2  3  8 10  41  9.64

Georgia Tech           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP   ERA
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Deck McGuire........  7.0  3  1  1  1  3 23 24  78  1.12
Taylor Wood.........  2.0  3  1  1  0  3  9  9  30  4.50

Win - McGuire, D. (1-0).  Loss - Barto (0-1).  Save - None.

WP - Chisman(1). HBP - by Barto (Haniger, J.). Inherited runners/scored: Chisman
1/1. Pitches/strikes: Barto 58/40; Chisman 58/37; Steidl 41/23; McGuire, D.
78/48; Wood, T. 30/23.

Umpires - HP: Steve Manders  1B: Danny Everett  3B: Jay Pierce
Game Time Conditions: 50 degrees, cloudy and windy
Start: 4:00 pm   Time: 2:21   Attendance: 1042