Georgia Tech shuts out Georgia State, 3-0

Eddie Burns continued his long comeback from shoulder surgery by pitching 9 shutout innings in the Jackets 3-0 victory over Georgia State Wednesday evening.

Eddie Burns continued his long comeback from shoulder surgery by pitching 9 shutout innings in the Jackets 3-0 victory over Georgia State Wednesday evening. Burns was reunited with former summer battery mate Nick Scherer. Coach Hall let Scherer call his own game today. Normally the pitches and location are called by Coach Moranda from the dugout. Scherer was a calming influence for Burns in the few times that he got in trouble.

Georgia State on the other hand decided to use pitching by committee. The Panthers paraded out nine pitchers against the Jackets. The strategy worked except for one bad inning when Bobby Bennett gave up a lead off double to Danny Payne and then proceeded to hit Michael Fisher and walk three batters. Robert Hasenfelt relieved Bennett and gave up another walk forcing in the third Jacket run of the inning. The hit by Payne was the Jackets only hit of the game.

In an attempt to shake up the lineup Matt Wieters moved to first, Patrick Long returned to second , Curtis Dupart to left field and Luke Murton to right field. This was the first time Wieters had played first this year. Michael Fisher made several nice plays at short including a leaping catch of a bad hop grounder to throw out the runner at first.

Burns' complete game shutout was the second in less than a week for the Jackets. This fete had not previously been accomplished since Chris Goodman pitched a nine inning shutout in 2003. The win improved the Jackets record to 12-10. They leave for Durham tomorrow morning to take on Duke in a three game series this weekend. David Duncan, John Goodman, and Ryan Turner are the scheduled starters.

News and Notes - Utility infielder Nick Wenderoth is no longer with the team. The Jackets starting pitching once considered a question mark is turning out to be one of the strong points of the team. The middle of the batting order continues to struggle. This has contributed to a lack of scoring production for the Jackets. Dupart and Long were sidelined in the past weekend's series due to injury. Hopefully their return to the lineup will help jump start the Jackets run production. Pitcher Chris Hicks has started throwing again in his attempt to come back from arm problems.


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