May 2, 2008

Jackets Knock Off No. 15 Coastal Carolina 10-6

ATLANTA - Brad Rulon worked out of an eighth-inning jam and Jason Haniger delivered a key two-out hit in the bottom of the frame to help Georgia Tech (32-13) to a 10-6 win over No. 15 Coastal Carolina Friday in the series opener at Russ Chandler Stadium.

With runners on second and third and no outs in the top of the eighth, Rulon struck out Jose Iglesias and Rico Noel before forcing leadoff hitter David Sappelt to groundout, helping the Jackets maintain a 7-6 edge in the game.

A two-out hit by Tony Plagman preceded three consecutive walks issued by Chanticleer pitchers for the first run of the eighth inning before Hanigerís bases-loaded single added two more to push Techís lead to four runs entering the ninth.

Rulon then closed out the game by retiring the Chants in order to pick up his fourth save of the season. The senior right-hander allowed just one hit and struck out three in his two innings of work.

Haniger led all players with three RBI on a 2-for-3 performance at the plate, while Plagman and Charlie Blackmon added two hits apiece.

The Jackets received timely hitting the entire night, as their first six runs were off home runs, while seven of their nine hits went for extra bases. The Jackets didnít strand a runner on base until the seventh inning, and left only three men on base the entire game.

Tech starter David Duncan (6-2) picked up the win while Bobby Gagg (6-2) suffered the loss.

Sappelt led off the game with a single, stole second base, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by David Anderson and scored on an RBI groundout by Dock Doyle to give Coastal Carolina a 1-0 lead.

A two-run home run from Thomas Nichols gave the Yellow Jackets a 2-1 edge in the bottom of the second, but the Chanticleers tied the game in the top of the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Anderson.

Tech regained the lead in the bottom of the third behind a two-run home run by Blackmon and a solo shot from Jeff Rowland before a solo home run by Haniger made the score 6-2 in favor of the Jackets in the fifth inning.

Coastal Carolina scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to narrow Techís lead to 6-5, but Andrew Robinson preserved the lead by forcing Noel into a fielders choice, resulting in Tyler Bortnick being thrown out at home plate, before a line out ended the Chantsí threat.

The Jackets and Chanticleers continue the series Saturday in a game that is scheduled to be aired live on SportSouth. First pitch is at 4:05 p.m., and the game can be heard on WREK Radio (91.1 FM in Atlanta) while live stats will be available at Ramblinwreck.com.

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              2008 GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL
        #15 Coastal Carolina at Georgia Tech
 May 2, 2008 at Atlanta, Ga. (Russ Chandler Stadium)

Coastal Carolina 6 (37-10)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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SAPPELT, David cf........  5  2  2  0   0  0  3  0   4
WOODWARD, Scott 3b.......  4  0  1  0   0  1  2  0   0
ANDERSON, David 1b.......  3  2  2  2   0  0  9  0   0
DOYLE, Dock c............  5  0  0  1   0  1  3  2   1
RICE, Adam lf............  4  1  1  1   0  2  2  0   1
BALDRIDGE, Tommy rf......  4  1  2  2   0  0  1  0   0
BORTNICK, Tyler ss.......  4  0  2  0   0  0  1  1   0
IGLESIAS, Jose dh........  4  0  1  0   0  2  0  0   1
NOEL, Rico 2b............  4  0  1  0   0  1  3  4   0
GAGG, Bobby p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 HAUG, Joey p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 REIN, Matt p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 ALTMAN, Kent p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 37  6 12  6   0  7 24  8   7

Georgia Tech 10 (32-13)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Charlie Blackmon rf......  5  1  2  2   0  0  2  0   2
Jeff Rowland cf..........  4  1  1  1   0  0  3  0   1
Luke Murton dh...........  4  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   0
Derek Dietrich ss........  4  1  1  0   0  0  1  2   0
Tony Plagman 1b..........  4  2  2  0   0  0 11  2   0
Brad Feltes 3b...........  2  0  0  1   1  1  1  1   0
 Patrick Long pr/3b......  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Thomas Nichols 2b........  3  2  1  2   1  1  1  3   0
Chris House lf...........  3  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Chase Burnette ph.......  0  0  0  1   1  0  0  0   0
 Jay Dantzler pr/lf......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Jason Haniger c..........  3  2  2  3   0  0  7  1   0
David Duncan p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
 Andrew Robinson p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Brad Rulon p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 32 10  9 10   3  4 27 11   3

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Coastal Carolina.... 101 003 100 -  6 12  0
Georgia Tech........ 023 011 03X - 10  9  1
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E - Dietrich, D.(11). LOB - Coastal 7; Georgia Tech 3. 2B - SAPPELT, D.(17);
WOODWARD, S.(8); ANDERSON, D.(13); RICE, A.(9); BALDRIDGE, T(13); Blackmon, C.(11); 
Plagman, T.(6). 3B - Dietrich, D.(1). HR - ANDERSON, D.(10); BALDRIDGE, T(7); 
Blackmon, C.(6); Rowland, J.(3); Nichols, T.(6); Haniger, J.(7). HBP - WOODWARD, S.; 
Haniger, J.. SH - ANDERSON, D.(7). SF - ANDERSON, D.(2); Feltes, B.(5). 
SB - SAPPELT, D.(5). CS - NOEL, R.(3).

Coastal Carolina       IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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GAGG, Bobby.........  5.1  6  7  7  0  3 22 23  78
HAUG, Joey..........  2.0  1  0  0  0  1  6  7  23
REIN, Matt..........  0.1  1  3  3  2  0  2  4  15
ALTMAN, Kent........  0.1  1  0  0  1  0  2  3   8

Georgia Tech           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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David Duncan........  5.1 10  5  5  0  3 23 26  81
Andrew Robinson.....  1.2  1  1  1  0  1  6  6  16
Brad Rulon..........  2.0  1  0  0  0  3  8  8  31

Win - Duncan, D. (6-2).  Loss - GAGG, B. (6-2).  Save - Rulon, B. (4).

WP - REIN, M.(4); Rulon, B.(4). HBP - by Duncan, D. (WOODWARD, S.); by GAGG, B.
(Haniger, J.). PB - Haniger, J.(3). Inherited runners/scored: HAUG, J. 1/1;
ALTMAN, K. 3/3; Robinson, A. 2/0. Pitches/strikes: GAGG, B. 78/53; HAUG, J.
23/17; REIN, M. 15/5; ALTMAN, K. 8/4; Duncan, D. 81/58; Robinson, A. 16/12;
Rulon, B. 31/23.

Umpires - HP: Mike Mazzarisi  1B: Jesse Pereira  3B: Rick Brown
Start: 7:05 pm   Time: 2:33   Attendance: 1282
Weather: PCloudy, 76 deg, Wind-S-10mph