The combination of David Duncan's pitching and the hitting of Michael Fisher and Wally Crancer led the way. Tech parlayed four home runs and eleven hits into eleven runs in the rout. Matt Wieters and Crancer hit back to back homers in the first and Fisher followed Luke Murton's two run homer in the third with a solo blast over the right field wall. The homer was Fisher's second straight game in which he went yard.
Duncan worked the first five innings before giving way to Eddie Burns in the sixth. Burns and Will Hirsch combined to hold the Dukes hitless over the final four innings. The outing was Duncan's second straight performance. Burns continued his comeback with another strong performance. He could play a major role in the Jackets season if he continues to progress at this pace. Hirsch made his first collegiate appearance and set the Dukes down in order in the ninth.
Faces in the Crowd - Numerous Tech football players were at the park supporting the baseball team. Also in attendence was former softbee Jessica Salllinger.
News and Notes - Ryan Turner gets the 1pm start tomorrow. Look for Tim Gustafson and Lee Hyde to be on the Braves bench for the Braves - Jackets tilt this coming Wednesday. Wieters returned behind the plate today.He was limited to dh duty Wednesday because he was sick.
Football News and Notes - I was able to pick up some interesting notes about the football team at today's game.
1. Look for one postion change going into spring practice. Quincy Kelly will be moved from linebacker to fullback. This move was rumored earlier but not confirmed until today.
2. The staff is considering moving Andrew Gardner to right tackle. The move would most likely allow A.J. Smith to get a shot at the left tackle starting position. This may be necessitated because of our starting a left-handed quarterback.
3. Speaking of Smith, it's been rumored that he's now weighing around 305.
4. The early reaction to our new offensive coordinator has been very positive and he is described as being intense.
7. Loyall Gause has been working overtime trying to juggle two sports. He runs with the team in the early am, attends classes, lifts, and works out with the baseball team in the afternoon.
8. Tony Plagman was the 4th hitter that Danny Hall has tried in the number two slot this year.