April 16, 2008

Dietrich, Feltes & Murton Power Tech to 14-8 Win at Georgia Southern

STATESBORO, Ga.-Brad Feltes, Derek Dietrich and Luke Murton all hit home runs to power No. 21 Georgia Tech (27-10) to a 14-8 win at Georgia Southern (18-17) Wednesday in the opening game of a five-game road swing for the Yellow Jackets.

Home runs accounted for 11 of the Yellow Jackets' 14 runs in the game. A grand slam by Brad Feltes - his third of the season - gave the Yellow Jackets breathing room in the fifth inning after Tech took a 2-0 lead on a home run by Dietrich in the top of the first. Murton hit a solo homer in the seventh inning and blasted his first grand slam of the season in the eighth to account for his season-high five RBI in the game.

With the win, the Yellow Jackets improved to 9-0 on the season against in-state opponents. The victory was also Georgia Tech's first of the year when Yellow Jacket pitchers have allowed six or more runs in a game.

Freshman Deck McGuire (6-0) picked up his team-leading sixth win of the year by limiting the Eagles to three runs, only two of which were earned, on eight hits through five innings. Kevin Jacob, Andrew Robinson, Taylor Wood, Brad Rulon and Chris Hicks all made scoreless outings in relief for the Jackets.

Following a one-out walk to Jeff Rowland, Dietrich lifted his team-leading 11th home run over the right field wall for his 35th and 36th RBI of the season to stake the Yellow Jackets to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Rowland singled to lead off the fifth and stole second base before Dietrich reached on a catcherís interference call. The two runners advanced to second and third on a fly out by Murton, prompting the Eagles to issue an intentional walk to lefty Tony Plagman, which loaded the bases for the right-hand hitting Feltes. The Yellow Jacket senior then smacked an 0-2 offering from reliever Charlie Strohecker over the left-center field wall for his eighth home run of the season, pushing the score to 6-0 in Techís favor.

The Eagles answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to pull within three of the Yellow Jackets, but Tech added six runs, five of which came off Murtonís two home runs, over the next three innings to push the score to 12-3.

After Georgia Southern rallied with five runs off Tech reliever Brandon Cumpton in the bottom of the eighth, Dietrich hit a two-run double in the top of the ninth to cap the scoring for the Yellow Jackets.

Murton and Charlie Blackmon led the Jackets with three hits apiece against the Eagles. Eight of the Jacketsí 15 hits in the game went for extra bases.

Eagle starter Michael Hester (1-1) suffered the first loss of his career, despite limiting the Jackets to just two runs on two hits in two innings of work. The freshman also hit two Yellow Jackets and walked another and had to work out of jams in the first and second innings before being lifted.

The Yellow Jackets continue their five-game road swing this weekend when they travel to College Park to take on the Maryland Terrapins in a three-game Atlanta Coast Conference series beginning Friday at 7 p.m. The two teams will play at 4 p.m. Saturday before wrapping up the series Sunday with a 12:30 p.m. game that will be televised by CBS College Sports (Dish 152/DirecTV 610).

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                 2008 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
           #21 Georgia Tech at Georgia Southern
 April 16, 2008 at Statesboro, Ga. (J.I. Clements Stadium)

Georgia Tech 14 (27-10)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB  Avg.
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Charlie Blackmon rf......  6  3  3  0   0  0  6  0   2  .348
Jeff Rowland cf..........  3  4  2  0   3  0  0  0   2  .331
Derek Dietrich ss........  4  3  2  5   1  0  2  2   0  .343
Luke Murton dh...........  5  2  3  5   0  0  0  0   0  .355
Tony Plagman 1b..........  4  1  1  0   2  1 11  0   0  .270
Brad Feltes 3b...........  4  1  1  4   0  1  0  1   1  .275
 Patrick Long ph/3b......  2  0  1  0   0  1  0  0   0  .208
Thomas Nichols 2b........  3  0  2  0   0  0  2  3   0  .286
 Jeff Ussery ph/2b.......  2  0  0  0   0  1  0  2   2  .240
Chris House lf...........  3  0  0  0   1  0  2  0   0  .264
 Jay Dantzler ph/lf......  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0  .271
Jason Haniger c..........  3  0  0  0   0  0  4  2   4  .284
Deck McGuire p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0     -
 Kevin Jacob p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 Andrew Robinson p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 Brandon Cumpton p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 Taylor Wood 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................... 40 14 15 14   7  4 27 12  11

Georgia Southern 8 (18-17)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB  Avg.
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Ty Wright dh.............  5  2  2  0   1  0  0  0   0  .379
Phillip Porter rf........  6  1  3  2   0  0  2  0   1  .403
Chris Shehan lf..........  3  2  2  2   2  1  3  0   0  .474
Griffin Benedict c.......  5  1  1  0   0  0  4  2   6  .348
Jeremiah Parker 1b.......  4  0  0  1   0  3  7  1   0  .274
 Will Southwell ph/1b....  1  0  1  1   0  0  1  0   0  .357
A.J. Wirnsberger 3b......  4  0  1  1   0  0  0  6   0  .287
David Richardson cf......  5  0  3  0   0  0  3  0   1  .325
Brian Pierce ss..........  1  0  0  0   1  0  2  2   2  .276
 Matt Miller ph..........  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0  .364
 Jake Ware pr/ss.........  1  1  0  0   0  1  0  0   0  .250
Jeremy Beckham 2b........  3  0  0  0   0  0  5  2   2  .333
 Kyle Blackburn ph.......  1  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0  .300
 Kevin Bowles pr/2b......  1  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0  .125
Michael Hester p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0     -
 Burt Barto p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 A.J. Gilbert p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 Charlie Strohecker p....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 Tony Chisman p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 Justin Davis p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 Trent Franzago p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
Totals................... 40  8 14  7   5  5 27 14  12

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Georgia Tech........ 200 041 142 - 14 15  3
Georgia Southern.... 000 030 050 -  8 14  1
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E - Dietrich, D.(9); Ussery, J.(4); McGuire, D.(3); Benedict(5). 
LOB - Georgia Tech 11; Ga. Southern 12. 2B - Blackmon, C. 2(9); Dietrich, D.(12);
Nichols, T.(11); Wright 2(8). HR - Dietrich, D.(11); Murton, L. 2(6);
Feltes, B.(8). HBP - Murton, L.; Nichols, T.; Haniger, J. 2. SH - Pierce(6).
SF - Wirnsberger(3). SB - Blackmon, C.(13); Rowland, J. 2(14). 
CS - Dietrich, D.(2); Murton, L.(2); Richardson(1). Reached on CI - Dietrich, D..

Georgia Tech           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP   ERA
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Deck McGuire........  5.0  8  3  2  3  2 22 26  97  3.28
Kevin Jacob.........  1.0  2  0  0  0  1  5  5  23  4.26
Andrew Robinson.....  1.0  0  0  0  0  1  3  3   7  3.67
Brandon Cumpton.....  0.0  3  5  5  2  0  3  5  15  5.89
Taylor Wood.........  0.1  0  0  0  0  0  1  1   3  5.56
Brad Rulon..........  0.2  1  0  0  0  0  2  3  15  3.60
Chris Hicks.........  1.0  0  0  0  0  1  4  4  23  3.71

Georgia Southern       IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP   ERA
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Michael Hester......  2.0  2  2  2  1  0  8 11  36  6.59
Burt Barto..........  1.2  1  0  0  0  0  5  7  24  9.97
A.J. Gilbert........  0.1  1  2  1  0  0  2  3  12  6.75
Charlie Strohecker..  2.0  3  3  3  1  0  8  9  27  4.30
Tony Chisman........  1.0  3  3  3  2  2  6  8  33  5.79
Justin Davis........  0.0  2  2  2  2  0  2  4  13 10.17
Trent Franzago......  2.0  3  2  2  1  2  9 10  40 14.40

Gilbert faced two batters in the 5th.
Chisman faced two batters in the 8th.
Davis faced four batters in the 8th.
Cumpton faced five batters in the 8th.

Win - McGuire, D. (6-0).  Loss - Hester (1-1).  Save - None.

WP - McGuire, D.(7); Hicks, C.(3). HBP - by Hester (Murton, L.); by Hester
(Haniger, J.); by Barto (Nichols, T.); by Barto (Haniger, J.). BK - McGuire,
D.(1). CI - Benedict. Inherited runners/scored: Wood, T. 2/0; Rulon, B. 2/2;
Gilbert 2/0; Strohecker 2/2; Davis 2/2; Franzago 2/0. Pitches/strikes: McGuire,
D. 97/58; Jacob, K. 23/14; Robinson, A. 7/6; Cumpton, B. 15/6; Wood, T. 3/3;
Rulon, B. 15/10; Hicks, C. 23/14; Hester 36/18; Barto 24/13; Gilbert 12/6;
Strohecker 27/16; Chisman 33/16; Davis 13/4; Franzago 40/30.

Umpires - HP: Arthur Schmidt  1B: Rick Brown  3B: Randy Watkins
Start: 4:07 pm   Time: 3:41   Attendance: 1962
Weather: Sunny, 73 deg, Wind-NNE-10mph