March 29, 2008

Feltes Homers Twice in Tech’s 13-2 Win at Boston College

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - A grand slam home run by Brad Feltes highlighted a seven-run seventh inning and the senior third baseman added another home run - a three-run shot - in the eighth to lead No. 17 Georgia Tech (21-5, 7-4 ACC) to a 13-2 win over Boston College (11-13, 2-9 ACC) to sweep a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Commander Shea Field.

Derek Dietrich and Jason Haniger collected three hits apiece to lead the Yellow Jackets’ offense in the second game of the day, with five of the six hits between the two going for extra bases. Dietrich went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a single while Haniger had a triple and two doubles in the game.

After yielding a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning, Tech starter Eddie Burns (4-1) held the Eagles' hitters at bay, facing just two over the minimum over the next five innings. The 6-foot-8 righty gave up just the two first-inning runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits. He also fanned seven to pick up his fourth win of the season.

Jeff Rowland led off the game with a single, stole second base, moved to third when Charlie Blackmon reached on a fielding error. Rowland then scored on a double steal for the first run of the game. Dietrich pushed Tech’s lead to 2-0 with an RBI double to plate Blackmon.

The score remained tied at 2-2 until the Yellow Jackets broke the game open in the seventh, scoring seven runs on five walks and three extra-base hits. Haniger reached on a leadoff triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Blackmon. Rowland, Thomas Nichols and Dietrich all reached on walks and scored on Feltes' sixth home run of the season before Haniger capped the scoring with a two-run double.

Boston College starter Dan Houston did not figure into the decision, leaving after six strong innings. Kurt Hayer (0-1), one of four pitchers for the Eagles in the seventh inning, took the loss after giving up three runs on one hit. He also walked two before being lifted.

Feltes' second home run of the game gave the Jackets a 12-2 lead in the eighth inning and Tech scored its final run in the ninth off back-to-back doubles from Haniger and Rowland.

Feltes, Rowland and Luke Murton all finished with two hits in the game.

The Jackets and Eagles will conclude the series Sunday at 1 p.m.

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                  2008 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
        Georgia Tech at #17 Boston College (Game 2)
March 29, 2008 at Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Commander Shea Field)

Georgia Tech 13 (21-5,7-4 ACC)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB  Avg.
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Jeff Rowland cf..........  4  2  2  1   2  2  2  0   1  .425
Thomas Nichols 2b........  5  2  1  0   1  2  3  2   0  .265
Charlie Blackmon rf......  4  2  0  1   1  0  1  0   2  .323
Derek Dietrich ss........  4  1  3  1   1  1  2  1   0  .372
 Jeff Ussery ph..........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1  .235
 Ryan Tinkoff ss.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0  .200
Brad Feltes 3b...........  4  2  2  7   1  1  2  3   1  .329
Tony Plagman 1b..........  3  1  0  0   2  0  6  1   0  .259
Luke Murton dh...........  5  0  2  0   0  1  0  0   3  .297
Jay Dantzler lf..........  4  1  0  0   1  2  1  0   1  .317
Jason Haniger c..........  4  2  3  2   1  0 10  1   0  .286
Eddie Burns p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 Andrew Robinson p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 Kevin Jacob p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
Totals................... 38 13 13 12  10 10 27  8   9

Boston College 2 (11-13,2-9 ACC)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB  Avg.
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Barry Butera cf..........  5  0  0  0   0  3  0  0   1  .333
Michael Belfiore 1b......  4  1  2  1   0  0  5  1   0  .301
Tony Sanchez c...........  4  0  1  0   0  3 10  0   0  .383
 Harry Darling c.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0  .176
Eric Campbell 3b.........  3  1  1  0   1  0  0  2   2  .316
Mickey Wiswall lf........  4  0  1  0   0  1  4  0   0  .237
Garret Smith ss..........  4  0  1  0   0  0  3  0   1  .333
John Spatola rf..........  3  0  1  0   1  0  1  0   0  .294
Matt Hamlet 2b...........  3  0  0  0   0  1  2  3   4  .325
 Sam Shaughnessy ph......  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0  .289
Robert Anston dh.........  3  0  1  0   0  1  0  0   0  .211
 Mike Augustine ph.......  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0  .214
Dan Houston p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0     -
 Kurt Hayer p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 Pat Dean p..............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 Chris Kowalski p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 Ted Ratliff p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 Kyle Prohovich p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
Totals................... 34  2  8  1   3 10 27  6   8

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Georgia Tech........ 200 000 731 - 13 13  2
Boston College...... 200 000 000 -  2  8  2
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E - Dietrich, D.(7); Haniger, J.(2); Smith, G 2(6). DP - Boston Coll. 2. 
LOB - Georgia Tech 9; Boston Coll. 8. 2B - Rowland, J.(3); Dietrich, D. 2(8);
Murton, L.(6); Haniger, J. 2(6). 3B - Haniger, J.(2). HR - Feltes, B. 2(7);
Belfiore, M(2). SF - Blackmon, C.(1). SB - Rowland, J. 2(12); Blackmon,
C.(8). CS - Spatola, J(1).

Georgia Tech           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP   ERA
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Eddie Burns.........  6.0  7  2  1  1  7 25 26 104  2.02
Andrew Robinson.....  1.0  1  0  0  0  0  3  3   9  3.20
Kevin Jacob.........  2.0  0  0  0  2  3  6  8  36  2.03

Boston College         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP   ERA
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Dan Houston.........  6.0  5  2  2  4  7 22 26 104  5.67
Kurt Hayer..........  0.0  1  3  3  2  0  1  3  18  5.93
Pat Dean............  0.1  0  1  1  1  0  0  2   5  8.74
Chris Kowalski......  0.0  1  2  2  1  0  1  2   8  5.87
Ted Ratliff.........  1.2  4  4  4  2  2  9 11  45 12.19
Kyle Prohovich......  1.0  2  1  1  0  1  5  5  12  3.00

Hayer faced three batters in the 7th.
Kowalski faced two batters in the 7th.

Win - Burns, E. (4-1).  Loss - Hayer, K (0-1).  Save - None.

WP - Prohovich, K(1). Inherited runners/scored: Dean, P 3/1; Kowalski, C 3/3;
Ratliff, T 1/1. Pitches/strikes: Burns, E. 104/65; Robinson, A. 9/5; Jacob, K.
36/22; Houston, D 104/64; Hayer, K 18/7; Dean, P 5/1; Kowalski, C 8/3; Ratliff,
T 45/25; Prohovich, K 12/8.

Umpires - HP: Junior Creech  1B: Tom Baldinelli  3B: AJ Lostaglio
Start: 2:15 pm   Time: 3:03   Attendance: 105
Weather: Sunny, 38 deg, Wind-NW-17mph