Sophomore Chris Hicks got the start in the Jacket home opener but never made it out of the first inning. The Owls combined for 6 hits and 5 runs before Tim Ladd entered the game to get the final out of the first inning. Ladd worked 3 2/3 innings giving up 2 unearned runs.
Trailing by two going into the bottom of the 7th the Jackets rallied for three runs on freshman Curtis Dupart's two out bases loaded double. The three run double gave Dupart his first four rbi of his Tech career. Senior Jared Hyatt worked a scoreless eighth and handed the one run lead over to Wieters going into the ninth. The Owls rallied for one run to send the game into extra innings. Wieters made up for the blown save by hitting a one out three run homer to win the game. Dupart led off the inning and was hit by a pitch. After getting Danny Payne out, Micheal Fisher hit a one out single off of Justin Edwards who had entered the game for losing pitcher Justin Freeman. Wieters then hit a line drive over the left field wall to win the game..
The 1-2 Jackets play at 4pm game against Illinois -Chicago this Friday to open a three game series. The win brings Wieters record to 1-0 on the year. Wieters, freshman Patrick Long, and sophomore Luke Murton paced the Jackets with two hits each.
News and Notes - Loyall Gause made his debut with the baseball team by striking out as a pinch hitter. Hard luck right hander John Goodman threw off the mound Friday and will throw again tomorrow. Coach Danny Hall hopes to have Goodman back in a few weeks. Dupart got the start in right this afternoon for the injured Wally Crancer.
Faces in the Crowd - Former Jackets Whit Robbins and Wes Hodges were in attendence as was Cub leftfielder Matt Murton. Jacket qb Taylor Bennett was at the game supporting former high school teammate Chris Hicks.