Duncan pitched 6 innings of shutout ball giving up only one hit. He also had seven strikeouts. He continued the trend of Tech pitchers rebounding with strong performances after having rough outings in their openers. Duncan's pitch location and breaking ball contributed to the strong outing. The win evened his record at 1-1.
Dupart continues to make a case for being named the starting left fielder. He led the Jacket attack with two doubles and a triple. Dupart once again filled in for the injured Wally Crancer. In addition to his three hits, he also made two diving catches and had an assist. Jay Dantzler got the start in left field. He is the third different starter in left this season.
The bullpen continued to show why they are one of the strengths of the team. Eddie Burns made another positive appearance in his comeback by pitching a scoreless inning. Freshman Elliot Owaga pitched a scoreless eighth and had the hitters off balance with his breaking ball. Transfer Charlie Blackmon closed out the game giving up two runs in the ninth. Illinois-Chicago could only manage 4 hits off the Tech staff.
In addition to Dupart's three hits, Danny Payne, Michael Fisher, and Jeff Ussery each contributed with two hits. Matt Wieters homered in his second consecutive game. His homer was a three-run shot to right center. Eight of the Jackets' 13 hits were for extra bases.
Odds and Ends - The game today marked the first appearances of the year for Ogawa, Danzler, and freshman Matt Harper. Jeff Ussery made his first appearance at short when Danny Hall removed most of the starters in the late innings. Today's attendence was 981. Tommorow's scheduled starters are Ryan Turner for the Jackets and Ryan Zink for Illinois-Chicago.
Faces in the Crowd - Former Jacket players Wes Hodges, Tim Gustafson, and Clifton Remole were in attendence. Hodges will head to Winter Haven for spring training next Wednesday. He expects to start the season with the Indians high A farm team.