March 15, 2008

Florida State Downs Tech, 11-2

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Matt Fairel held the Yellow Jackets to one run while scattering four hits over eight innings to lead No. 3 Florida State (15-1, 5-0 ACC) to an 11-2 win over No. 11 Georgia Tech (13-3, 3-2 ACC) Saturday night at Dick Howser Stadium.

Fairel (4-0) faced the minimum through the first 3.2 innings and allowed just four runners past first base in the game. He had career-highs in innings pitched and strikeouts (9).

Mike McGee led the Seminoles’ offense with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate. He also drove in two runs and scored another against the Yellow Jackets.

Luke Murton drove in both of Georgia Tech’s runs on the night.

Tony Delmonico was hit by a pitch to lead off the second inning and Dennis Guinn followed with a walk to put runners on first and second for McGee, who doubled over the glove of first baseman Tony Plagman to put the Seminoles up 2-0.

The Jackets narrowed Florida State’s lead to one run with Derek Dietrich doubled to lead off the fifth inning, moved to second on a fly out by Jason Haniger, and scored on an RBI single by Murton. Fairel then struck out the next two batters to end the Jackets’ threat.

The Seminoles struck for four runs in the bottom of the frame to push their lead to 6-1 after McGee and Stuart Tapley reached on back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. McGee came around to score on a throwing error by Dietrich, which also allowed Tapley to move to third and Tyler Holt, the batter, to advance to second. Jason Stidham then plated Tapley with an RBI groundout before Buster Posey and Delmonico added RBI hits to cap the ‘Noles scoring in the inning.

Eddie Burns (2-1) suffered his first loss of the season by giving up six runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits in five innings of work. He also struck out five, walked two, and hit two batters.

Deck McGuire and Taylor Wood each worked scoreless innings in relief of Burns before the Seminoles scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth off reliever Michael Hutts. The inning was highlighted by a two-run single from Tyler Holt and a three-run home run by Stidham.

Brad Feltes led off the ninth inning with a single off reliever Ryan Vigue, moved to second on a single by Dietrich, advanced to third on a fielders choice and scored on a sacrifice fly by Murton.

The Jackets and Seminoles will conclude the series Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch.

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               2008 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
           #11 Georgia Tech at #3 Florida State
 March 15, 2008 at Tallahassee, Fla. (Dick Howser Stadium)

Georgia Tech 2 (13-3,5-0 ACC)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB  Avg.
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Chris House lf...........  4  0  1  0   0  1  1  0   0  .321
Jay Dantzler cf..........  3  0  0  0   1  1  5  0   0  .350
Charlie Blackmon rf......  3  0  1  0   0  1  1  0   1  .305
Brad Feltes 3b...........  4  1  1  0   0  1  0  1   2  .342
Derek Dietrich ss........  4  1  2  0   0  1  0  2   0  .322
Jason Haniger c..........  3  0  0  0   1  0  6  2   0  .306
Luke Murton dh...........  3  0  1  2   0  0  0  0   0  .227
Tony Plagman 1b..........  4  0  0  0   0  2 11  0   2  .240
Jason Garofalo 2b........  3  0  0  0   0  2  0  3   1  .000
 Thomas Nichols 2b.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0  .324
Eddie Burns p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0     -
 Deck McGuire p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0     -
 Taylor Wood p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 Michael Hutts p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
Totals................... 31  2  6  2   2  9 24 10   6

Florida State 11 (15-1,3-2 ACC)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB  Avg.
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Tyler Holt cf............  4  2  1  3   1  0  3  0   1  .353
Jason Stidham 2b.........  5  1  1  4   0  0  2  0   0  .358
Buster Posey c...........  5  1  1  1   0  1  8  1   0  .383
 Parker Brunelle c.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0  .200
Jack Rye rf..............  4  0  1  0   0  1  3  0   1  .238
 Ruairi O'Connor ph/rf...  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0  .222
Tony Delmonico ss........  3  1  1  1   0  1  1  8   1  .370
Dennis Guinn 1b..........  1  2  0  0   2  1  8  0   0  .400
Ohmed Danesh lf..........  3  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   2  .366
 Luke Smierciak ph/lf....  0  1  0  0   0  0  1  0   0  .333
Mike McGee dh............  3  1  2  2   0  0  0  0   0  .383
 Jack Posey dh/3b........  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0  .273
Stuart Tapley 3b.........  4  1  1  0   0  2  0  1   0  .389
 Ryan Vigue p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
Matt Fairel p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
Totals................... 33 11  8 11   3  8 27 10   5

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Georgia Tech........ 000 010 001 -  2  6  2
Florida State....... 020 040 05X - 11  8  0
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E - Dietrich, D.(4); Hutts, M.(2). DP - Florida St. 1. LOB - Georgia Tech 6;
Florida St. 5. 2B - Dietrich, D.(4); Delmonico,T.(5); McGee, M.(5). 
HR - Stidham, J.(4). HBP - Blackmon, C.; Delmonico,T.; Guinn, D.; Smierciak,L..
SH - Posey, J.(1). SF - Murton, L.(1). SB - House, C.(4); Blackmon, C.(5).

Georgia Tech           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP   ERA
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Eddie Burns.........  5.0  5  6  3  2  5 21 25  81  2.38
Deck McGuire........  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  3  3  15  2.50
Taylor Wood.........  1.0  1  0  0  0  1  4  4  16  3.00
Michael Hutts.......  1.0  2  5  4  1  2  5  8  29  6.75

Florida State          IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP   ERA
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Matt Fairel.........  8.0  4  1  1  2  9 27 30 117  1.00
Ryan Vigue..........  1.0  2  1  1  0  0  4  5  16  9.00

Win - Fairel, M. (4-0).  Loss - Burns, E. (2-1).  Save - None.

WP - Fairel, M.(1). HBP - by Burns, E. (Delmonico,T.); by Burns, E. (Guinn, D.);
by Fairel, M. (Blackmon, C.); by Hutts, M. (Smierciak,L.). Inherited
runners/scored: None. Pitches/strikes: Burns, E. 81/53; McGuire, D. 15/9; Wood,
T. 16/10; Hutts, M. 29/18; Fairel, M. 117/78; Vigue, R. 16/12.

Umpires - HP: Scott Erby  1B: Randy Harvey, Jr.  3B: Paul Guillie
Start: 5:59 pm   Time: 2:23   Attendance: 4973
Weather: P. Cloudy, 80 deg, Wind SSW-17