April 4, 2008

Tech Falls at No. 3 North Carolina, 8-1 in Series Opener

CARY, N.C. ó Charlie Blackmon had three hits, including his third home run of the season, but it wasnít enough to overcome the pitching performance of Alex White as No. 3 North Carolina (24-5, 9-3 ACC) defeated No. 14 Georgia Tech (24-6, 8-5 ACC), 8-1, Friday night in the series opener at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

White (5-2) held Tech scoreless through seven innings of work, scattering five hits while striking out eight and walking one in the game. After Jeff Rowland led off the game with a walk, moved to second on a balk, and advanced to third on a single by Blackmon, the UNC sophomore struck out the next two batters to get out of the jam. He then stifled the Yellow Jacket offense over the next six innings, facing just four over the minimum to earn his fifth win of the season.

Blackmon collected three of the Yellow Jacketsí six hits in the game.

Dustin Ackley staked the Tar Heels to an early 1-0 lead when he led off the bottom of the first inning with an opposite-field home run, and North Carolina added another run in the second inning on an RBI single by Ackley.

An RBI single by Garrett Gore pushed the Tar Heel lead to 3-0 in the third.

A two-run double by Garrett Gore and RBI singles from Kyle Shelton and Chad Flack highlighted a five-run sixth inning which gave the Tar Heels a commanding 8-0 lead before the Jackets cracked the scoreboard on Blackmonís home run off UNC reliever Rob Catapano in the top of the eighth inning.

Ackley, Gore, Tim Fedroff and Tim Federowicz all collected two hits in the game.

Yellow Jacket starter David Duncan (4-1) suffered his first loss of the season, yielding six runs, five of which were earned, on nine hits in 5.2 innings.

Tech and UNC will continue the series Saturday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

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                2008 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
         #14 Georgia Tech at #3 North Carolina
April 4, 2008 at Cary, NC (USA Baseball Nat'l Training Complex)

Georgia Tech 1 (24-6,8-5 ACC)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB  Avg.
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Jeff Rowland cf..........  2  0  0  0   1  1  0  0   0  .356
 Jay Dantzler ph/cf......  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0  .289
Thomas Nichols 2b........  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0  .269
 Jeff Ussery ph/2b.......  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0  .238
Charlie Blackmon rf......  4  1  3  1   0  0  4  0   0  .343
Derek Dietrich ss........  4  0  0  0   0  2  3  3   0  .346
Brad Feltes 3b...........  3  0  0  0   0  3  0  4   2  .298
 Patrick Long 3b.........  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0  .213
Tony Plagman 1b..........  4  0  1  0   0  2  9  0   0  .272
Luke Murton dh...........  4  0  1  0   0  1  0  0   2  .303
Chris House lf...........  3  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0  .267
 Chase Burnette ph.......  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1  .273
Jason Haniger c..........  3  0  0  0   0  1  8  1   2  .281
David Duncan p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   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     -
 Michael Hutts p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
Totals................... 33  1  6  1   2 13 24  9   7

North Carolina 8 (24-5,9-3 ACC)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB  Avg.
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Dustin Ackley 1b.........  3  1  2  2   2  0  8  0   0  .388
Kyle Shelton lf..........  5  1  1  1   0  1  0  0   1  .323
Tim Fedroff rf...........  4  2  2  0   1  2  0  0   0  .408
Chad Flack 3b............  4  1  1  1   1  1  0  1   0  .314
Kyle Seager 2b...........  3  1  1  0   2  0  2  3   3  .393
Seth Williams cf.........  3  0  0  0   2  2  2  0   2  .320
Garrett Gore ss..........  5  0  2  3   0  1  1  3   1  .245
Tim Federowicz c.........  5  2  2  0   0  0 11  0   2  .306
 Mark Fleury c...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0  .325
Ryan Graepel dh..........  3  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   3  .231
 Ben Bunting ph..........  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0  .238
Alex White p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  2   0  .000
 Rob Catapano p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 Rob Wooten p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
Totals................... 35  8 11  7   9  8 27  9  12

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Georgia Tech........ 000 000 010 -  1  6  1
North Carolina...... 111 005 00X -  8 11  0
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E - Plagman, T.(3). LOB - Georgia Tech 7; No. Carolina 12. 2B - Gore, G(2);
Federowicz,T 2(10). 3B - Fedroff, T(2). HR - Blackmon, C.(3); Ackley, D(5).
SB - Seager, K(4). CS - Ackley, D(1).

Georgia Tech           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP   ERA
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David Duncan........  5.2  9  6  5  5  5 25 30 109  3.94
Andrew Robinson.....  0.1  2  2  0  1  0  4  5  17  2.78
Kevin Jacob.........  1.0  0  0  0  3  2  3  6  35  2.35
Michael Hutts.......  1.0  0  0  0  0  1  3  3  10  4.15

North Carolina         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP   ERA
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Alex White..........  7.0  5  0  0  1  8 26 27  92  1.93
Rob Catapano........  1.1  1  1  1  1  4  5  6  24  4.30
Rob Wooten..........  0.2  0  0  0  0  1  2  2   6  0.81

Win - White, A (5-2).  Loss - Duncan, D. (4-1).  Save - None.

WP - Jacob, K.(2). BK - White, A(1). Inherited runners/scored: Robinson, A. 2/2;
Wooten, R 1/0. Pitches/strikes: Duncan, D. 109/67; Robinson, A. 17/10; Jacob, K.
35/16; Hutts, M. 10/7; White, A 92/71; Catapano, R 24/14; Wooten, R 6/5.

Umpires - HP: Dennis McComb  1B: Scott Erby  3B: Joe Marion
Start: 7:03 pm   Time: 2:32   Attendance: 1441
Weather: Cloudy, 71 deg, Wind-SW-17mph