Crancer returned to the lineup in right field after missing the past three games with a hamstring problem. His leg still isn't back to 100% but it didn't show when he came to the plate. Wally led the Tech attack with three hits, two RBI and a homerun over the right field wall.
Chris Hicks got the start for the Jackets. In spite of some control problems, Hicks limited the Flames to one run and one hit in three and two-thirds innings. Two hit batters and a walk led to the one run in the first inning. Hicks was on a limited pitch count and gave way to Michael Hutts who gave up two runs on two hits in four innings of work. Matt Wieters came in to get the first save of the year by pitching two shutout innings.
Coach Danny Hall juggled the lineup Sunday by moving Jeff Ussery into the two-slot and dropping Michael Fisher to the seven-slot. Chris House was also inserted into the lineup in left and made the move look good by getting three hits. DH Matt Wieters and Danny Payne had two hits each. Jason Haniger got the start behind the plate with Wieters moving to DH.
News and Notes - The Jackets continued their trend of breaking in a backup catcher each year by putting Haniger behind the plate for Sunday's game. Jason will continue to catch one game of each three game series with Wieters moving to DH. Top freshman hitter Curtis Dupart was given the day off Sunday. He's currently hitting .375. Jacket starters David Duncan, Ryan Turner, and Chris Hicks limited the Flames to three runs in fifteen and two-thirds innings of work. Upsets in college baseball this time of year are normal. Nine ranked teams suffered losses this weekend including #1 South Carolina and #2 Clemson. The Jackets next game is Wednesday at home versus Georgia State. Wednesday is $1 hot dog day at the Rusty C. The marketing department is starting to make their presence known at the baseball games with promotions and give-aways. The 4pm start will allow Tech fans to take in a double header by heading to the basketball game against Wake following the baseball game.
Faces in the Crowd - Several former Jacket baseball players were in attendance taking in their final games prior to heading to spring training. Wes Hodges, Jeff Kindel, Whit Robbins, Lee Hyde, and Tim Gustafson were all in attendance this weekend. Hyde expects to start the year with the Myrtle Beach Braves. Former Jacket and ACC Select announcer Steven Blackwood also attended Sunday's game.