Georgia Tech Finishes Sweep of Maryland, 4-2

The Jackets finished the week today with a 4-2 win over Maryland. The win vaulted the Jackets into a first place tie with UNC and UVA in the ACC Coastal Division. The Jackets completed the week with a 5-0 record that included sweeps over both Georgia Southern and Maryland.

The theme for Georgia Tech in its current win streak has been pitching and timely hitting. A lack of hitting with runners in scoring postion and not producing hits with two outs has gotten the Jackets off to a slow start this year. But all that has changed during the current six-game winning streak. The other positive in the current streak has been the production of the freshman and first year starters.

The week started off with Eddie Burns giving the Jackets another dominant perfromance against Georgia Southern. Eddie went eight strong innings striking out a career high ten batters and only giving up one earned run. Will Hirsch pitched a one-two-three ninth to close out the game. Danny Payne and Michael Fisher led the attack with three hits apiece.

The second game of the series saw the Jackets go to pitching by committee. Coach Danny Hall got some work for weekend relievers Jared Hyatt and Brad Rulon along with seven other pitchers. The nine limited Southern to two runs and six hits. Once again Payne and Fisher led the attack with 2 hits each.

The beesball nine opened the series with Maryland on Friday with a dramatic come from behind 5-4 on Luke Murton's single through the left side. The Terps had taken the lead in the top of the 9th with a homer off of starter David Duncan. Duncan worked 8.1 innings giving up four runs. Brad Rulon pitched the final two-thiirds of an inning to get the win.

Saturday's game did not have the dramatics that took place Friday night. The Jackets pounded out 18 hits in route to a 16-6 win. Jared Hyatt got the win in relief of starter John Goodman. Freshmen Tony Plagman and Patrick Long led the attack with four and three hits respectively. Freshmen Andrew Robinson and Zach Von Tersch closed out the game for Danny Hall's squad.

The Jackets completed the sweep Sunday behind the strong pitching of Ryan Turner, Brad Rulon, and Danny Payne. Michael Fisher and Matt Wieters hit solo homers in the 4-2 Jacket win. Turner faced the minimum fifteen batters over the first five innings and left after giving up two runs in the sixth. Danny Payne pitched the final one and one-third innings to pick up the save. Payne had not given up a run this season.

Hitting - Danny Payne continues to lead the Jackets with a .414 average. He also leads the team with 46 hits. Eight of the nine starters raised their averages this week. Patrick Long saw the biggest jump raising his average fifty two points. Danny Payne had twelve hits and Michael Fisher eleven to lead the Jackets for the week. Matt Wieters has a team leading six homers and thirty rbi.The team raised their average thirteen points to a season high .294.

Pitching - The starters all continue to keep the bullpen rested as they averaged six and a half innngs per start this week. They lowered the teams era from 4.62 to 4.31. Jared Hyatt leads the staff with five wins. Eddie Burns leads the starters with a 2.15 era. Payne, Owaga, and Hirsch have yet to be scored on this year.

Injuries - Curtis Dupart suffered an undisclosed injury in the Southern series and his replacement Chris House made the best of his chance by raising his average 26 points in the Maryland series. Brad Feltes continues to nurse a leg/knee injury. Brad Rulon continues to throw better with each outing as his finger heals.

Odds and Ends - The fan of the week goes to D'Andre Bell who was seen at the stadium all week supporting the team. Other notables at the park included AD Dan Rad, football coaches Chan Gailey, Buddy Geis, and John Tenuta. Coach Danny Hall's parents were at today's game.


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