March 9, 2008

Jackets Completes Sweep of Hokies With 2-1 Win

ATLANTA - Jeff Rowland had three hits and Zach Von Tersch picked up his second win of the season as No. 19 Georgia Tech (12-1, 3-0 ACC) completed a series sweep of Virginia Tech (7-6, 0-3 ACC) with a 2-1 victory against the Hokies Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Von Tersch (2-0) held Virginia Tech to one run on five hits while striking out six and walking two in seven innings of work. Brad Rulon worked a scoreless eighth inning and Chris Hicks picked up his fourth save of the week, and fifth of the season, by tossing a scoreless ninth.

Rowland went 3-for-4 to lead the Jacketsí offense on the afternoon.

Brad Feltes led off the second inning with a home run to give the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 lead. The home run was the senior third basemanís second of the season and he also added a sacrifice bunt in the game.

Georgia Tech took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Chris House led off the inning with a single, stole second base, moved to third on a failed pickoff attempt by Virginia Tech starting pitcher Jesse Hahn, and scored on an RBI groundout by Charlie Blackmon.

Virginia Tech broke up the shutout in the seventh inning when Ty Hohman hit a leadoff double, moved to third on a groundout by Matt Blow, and scored on an RBI single by Sean Ryan.

Hahn (1-1) suffered his first loss of the season by giving up both runs, only one of which was earned, on just four hits in 6.1 innings. He also struck out three and walked two.

Hohman collected two of the Hokiesí six hits in the game with a perfect 2-for-2 performance at the plate.

The Jackets will travel away from Russ Chandler Stadium for the first time in 2008 when they head across town to play Georgia State in Panthersville this Wednesday. Game time is at 6 p.m. and live stats will be available at Ramblinwreck.com.

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              2008 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
          Virginia Tech at #19 Georgia Tech
March 9, 2008 at Atlanta, Ga. (Russ Chandler Stadium)

Virginia Tech 1 (7-6,0-3 ACC)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Sean Ryan cf.............  3  0  1  1   1  0  6  0   0
Matt Hacker 2b...........  3  0  0  0   0  2  0  3   1
Sean O'Brien 1b..........  3  0  0  0   1  0  7  0   0
Anthony Sosnoskie c......  4  0  0  0   0  1  6  2   1
Jose Cueto lf............  4  0  1  0   0  1  0  0   0
Steve Bumbry rf..........  4  0  1  0   0  2  1  0   2
Ty Hohman 3b.............  2  1  2  0   1  0  3  2   0
 Austin Wates pr.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Matt Blow dh.............  4  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   2
Tony Balisteri ss........  4  0  0  0   0  1  1  1   2
Jesse Hahn p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Justin Wright p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Rhett Ballard p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 31  1  6  1   3  7 24  8   8

Georgia Tech 2 (12-1,3-0 ACC)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Chris House lf...........  4  1  1  0   0  1  4  0   0
Jeff Rowland cf..........  4  0  3  0   0  1  3  0   0
Charlie Blackmon rf......  2  0  0  1   1  0  1  0   0
Tony Plagman 1b..........  4  0  0  0   0  1  8  0   0
Derek Dietrich ss........  3  0  0  0   1  2  1  1   4
Brad Feltes 3b...........  2  1  1  1   0  0  0  4   0
Thomas Nichols 2b........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Patrick Long 2b.........  2  0  0  0   0  0  1  3   0
 Jay Dantzler ph.........  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
 Jason Garofalo 2b.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  1   0
Chase Burnette dh........  2  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Jason Haniger dh/ph.....  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Cole Leonida c...........  3  0  0  0   0  1  7  1   2
Zach Von Tersch p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Brad Rulon p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Chris Hicks p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 27  2  5  2   3  6 27 11   6

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Virginia Tech....... 000 000 100 -  1  6  1
Georgia Tech........ 011 000 00X -  2  5  1
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E - Hahn, J(2); Von Tersch(1). DP - Georgia Tech 1. LOB - Va. Tech 8;
Georgia Tech 6. 2B - Hohman, T(1). HR - Feltes, B.(2). HBP - Hohman, T;
Blackmon, C.. SH - Hacker, M(2); Feltes, B.(2). SB - House, C.(2); 
Rowland, J.(4). CS - Rowland, J.(1).

Virginia Tech          IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Jesse Hahn..........  6.1  4  2  1  2  3 21 24  95
Justin Wright.......  0.0  0  0  0  1  0  0  1   4
Rhett Ballard.......  1.2  1  0  0  0  3  6  7  29

Georgia Tech           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Zach Von Tersch.....  7.0  5  1  1  2  6 25 29  87
Brad Rulon..........  1.0  0  0  0  1  1  3  4  19
Chris Hicks.........  1.0  1  0  0  0  0  3  3  10

Wright, J faced 1 batter in the 7th.

Win - Von Tersch (2-0).  Loss - Hahn, J (1-1).  Save - Hicks, C. (5).

HBP - by Von Tersch (Hohman, T); by Ballard, R (Blackmon, C.). Inherited
runners/scored: Wright, J 1/0; Ballard, R 2/0. Pitches/strikes: Hahn, J 95/55;
Wright, J 4/0; Ballard, R 29/20; Von Tersch 87/56; Rulon, B. 19/9; Hicks, C.
10/7.

Umpires - HP: Gerald Trexler  1B: Dennis McComb  3B: Tony Maners
Start: 1:03 pm   Time: 2:22   Attendance: 1455
Weather: Sunny, 46 deg, Wind WNW-5 mph