March 5, 2008

Tech Downs Kennesaw State 5-3

ATLANTA - Brad Feltes broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning and Jay Dantzler added another run with a sacrifice fly to lead No. 19 Georgia Tech (9-1) to a 5-3 win over Kennesaw State (5-7) Wednesday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Feltes went 2-for-4 and had two RBI in the game. Freshmen Cole Leonida and Derek Dietrich each added two hits, and both had home runs in the game.

Yellow Jacket starter Brandon Cumpton tossed seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on five hits while striking out nine, but did not figure into the decision after the Owls tied the game in the top of the eighth inning. Andrew Robinson (2-0) picked up the win in relief and Chris Hicks earned his third save of the season.

Kennesaw State scored in the top of the first inning after Jacob Robbins earned a leadoff walk, stole second base, and scored on a double by Tyler Stubblefield. Dietrichís home run, the second of his career, tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second inning.

Stubblefield doubled with two outs in the third inning and scored on an RBI single by Ric Bishop to push the score to 2-1, but Leonida evened the game in the bottom of the frame when he knocked a solo home run, the first hit of his collegiate career, over the right field wall.

Tech took its first lead of the game in the fourth inning when Tony Plagman was hit by a pitch, advance to second on a single by Thomas Nichols, moved to third on a fielderís choice by Dietrich, and scored on an RBI single by Feltes.

The Jackets held the 3-2 lead until the eighth inning, when Jace Whitmer hit a two-out single off Robinson, moved to third on a single by Josh Whitaker, and scored on an RBI single by Andrew Martin.

Nichols was issued a one-out walk in the bottom of the eighth inning, advanced to third on a single by Dietrich, and scored on Feltesí RBI double. Dietrich moved to third on Feltesí second hit of the game and, after Patrick Long was intentionally walked to load the bases, scored on Dantzlerís pinch-hit sacrifice fly.

Hicks retired the first two batters he faced in the top of the ninth and, after Stubblefield worked a walk off the Yellow Jacket closer, forced Bishop to ground into a fielderís choice to end the game.

Kennesaw State reliever Justin Edwards (2-1) took the loss, giving up two runs on three hits in 3.1 innings of work.

The Jackets will return to action this weekend when they host Virginia Tech in both teamís 2008 ACC opener. Game times are 4 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

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                   2008 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
              Kennesaw State at #19 Georgia Tech
   March 5, 2008 at Atlanta, Ga. (Russ Chandler Stadium)

Kennesaw State 3 (9-1)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB  Avg.
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ROBBINS, Jacob cf/2b.....  3  1  0  0   1  1  1  4   0  .312
STUBBLEFIELD, Tyler 2b/3b  4  1  2  1   1  0  0  3   1  .324
BISHOP, Ric dh...........  5  0  1  1   0  0  0  0   2  .395
MORROW, Jay rf...........  4  0  0  0   0  2  1  0   1  .214
WHITMER, Jace c..........  3  1  1  0   1  1  4  0   1  .195
WHITAKER, Josh lf........  4  0  1  0   0  1  3  0   0  .333
MARTIN, Andrew 1b........  3  0  1  1   1  2 11  1   1  .300
WHITE, Jon 3b............  2  0  0  0   0  2  1  2   1  .167
 BAKER, Martin cf........  2  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   2  .167
VAN WYCK, Curtis ss......  4  0  2  0   0  1  2  2   0  .212
JENKINS, Chad p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0     -
 EDWARDS, Justin p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 FREEMAN, Justin p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 FAULK, Kenny p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
Totals................... 34  3  8  3   4 10 24 13   9

Georgia Tech 5 (5-7)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB  Avg.
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Chris House lf...........  4  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   2  .323
Jeff Rowland cf..........  3  0  1  0   0  1  4  0   0  .346
Charlie Blackmon rf......  4  0  1  0   0  0  2  0   0  .341
Tony Plagman 1b..........  2  1  0  0   1  0  5  3   0  .312
Thomas Nichols 2b........  3  1  1  0   1  1  1  2   3  .321
Derek Dietrich ss........  4  2  2  1   0  0  2  3   0  .297
Brad Feltes dh...........  4  0  2  2   0  0  0  0   0  .400
 Curtis Dupart pr........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0  .200
Patrick Long 3b..........  3  0  0  0   1  1  0  0   2  .115
Cole Leonida c...........  2  1  2  1   1  0 10  0   0  .200
 Chase Burnette ph.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0  .667
 Jay Dantzler ph.........  0  0  0  1   0  0  0  0   0  .333
 Jason Haniger c.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0  .429
Brandon Cumpton p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0     -
 Andrew Robinson p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 Chris Hicks p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0     -
Totals................... 29  5  9  5   5  3 27  8   8

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Kennesaw State...... 101 000 010 -  3  8  0
Georgia Tech........ 011 100 02X -  5  9  0
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DP - Kennesaw St. 1. LOB - Kennesaw St. 9; Georgia Tech 8. 2B - STUBBLEFIELD
2(5); VAN WYCK(2); Feltes, B.(2). HR - Dietrich, D.(2); Leonida, C.(1). 
HBP - Plagman, T.. SH - ROBBINS(2); Rowland, J.(2). SF - Dantzler, J.(1). 
SB - ROBBINS(5); BISHOP(3); WHITMER(2); MARTIN(1); Rowland, J.(3).

Kennesaw State         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP   ERA
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JENKINS, Chad.......  4.0  5  3  3  1  2 17 19  68  3.60
EDWARDS, Justin.....  3.1  3  2  2  3  1 10 14  56  3.09
FREEMAN, Justin.....  0.0  1  0  0  1  0  1  2   6  2.57
FAULK, Kenny........  0.2  0  0  0  0  0  1  2   5  1.35

Georgia Tech           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP   ERA
--------------------------------------------------------
Brandon Cumpton.....  7.0  5  2  2  3  9 25 29 106  1.64
Andrew Robinson.....  1.0  3  1  1  0  1  6  6  22  2.25
Chris Hicks.........  1.0  0  0  0  1  0  3  4  28  6.75

JENKINS faced 2 batters in the 5th.
FREEMAN faced 2 batters in the 8th.

Win - Robinson, A. (2-0).  Loss - EDWARDS (2-1).  Save - Hicks, C. (3).

HBP - by JENKINS (Plagman, T.). Inherited runners/scored: EDWARDS 2/0; FREEMAN
2/1; FAULK 3/1. Pitches/strikes: JENKINS 68/45; EDWARDS 56/35; FREEMAN 6/3;
FAULK 5/3; Cumpton, B. 106/67; Robinson, A. 22/15; Hicks, C. 28/19.

Umpires - HP: Danny Everett  1B: David Savage  3B: Toby Baser
Start: 4:03 pm   Time: 2:51   Attendance: 1179
Weather: Sunny, 56 deg, Wind WNW-6 mph