Georgia Tech's inability to knock in runners in scoring position led to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of #2 North Carolina. UNC ace Andrew Miller had a career high 13 strike outs as he raised his record to 5-0. Miller entered the game with a 1.91 era. His 7 shutout innings lowered that even further.
Two key plays in the game led to the final outcome. With the bases loaded in the third inning, Tech starter Blake Wood elected to go to second for the double play on a ball hit back to the mound. The Jackets got the force at second but couldn't complete the double play. With a slow runner at the plate, a home-to-first double play would have gotten Tech out of the inning. Psychologically that was a big run in the game with Miller on the mound for UNC.
The other big play involved freshman DH Luke Murton. With runners on second and third and one out, Murton was called out on a questionable checked swing third strike. The call was made by, our friend from the Virginia series, home plate umpire Mark Chapman. Coach Danny Hall argued the call to no avail. UNC got out of the inning without any runs scoring.
The lone bright spot for the Jacket hitters was Matt Wieters. He had 3 of the Jackets 6 hits. Pitcher John Goodman is scheduled to be available for spot relief duty next week. His elbow is now fully healed following surgery.
The series resumes this evening at 7PM with Tim Gustafson facing UNC'S Daniel Bard. Bard is 3-1 and along with Miller is considered to be one of the top pitchers in the league.
Faces in the crowd - Former UNC TE and current Atlanta Falcon Alge Crumpler and former Jacket players Jake Hall and Jeff Watchco were in the crowd.
-- Rod Mackenzie
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