The usual midweek, non-conference game was not part of this weeks schedule. The week got even shorter with Sunday's game cancelled due to rain. The split gave Georgia Tech a 10-7 conference record and third place in the Coastal Conference and sixth overall in the ACC.
Friday's game was a matchup of two of the hottest pitchers in the league. Sophomore Jason Thompson entered the game wit a 7-0 record and a league leading 1.98 era. Tech countered with David Duncan and his 2.70 era second in the ACC. The game played out as advertised as the Jackets squeezed out a 2-1 win on Jeff Ussery's suicide squeeze bunt to score Patrick Long who doubled with one out in the 11th. Long then advanced to third on a Chris House single. Ussery then laid down a perfect suicide squeeze to bring in the winning run.
Duncan worked the first seven innings giving up six hits and one run. Jared Hyatt came in a slammed the door shut on the Cavaliers by pitching 4 innings of hitless ball. The win was Hyatt's sixth without a loss. Michael Fisher continued his hot hitting with three hits.
With no midweek game, Coach Hall moved Eddie Burns into the weekend rotation for the Saturday start. Burns has been one of the more consistent pitchers on the staff going into the game. Burns suffered his worst outing of the year giving up three runs and seven hits in four innings of work. Freshman Andrew Robinson entered the game after Burns walked the leadoff batter in the fifth and proceeded to set the side down in order. Robinson got in jam in the 7th and was relieved by Brad Rulon. Robinson was charged with one run and two hits in two innings of work. Rulon struck out all-american Sean Doolittle with the bases loaded but then gave up a bases loaded walk to force in the Cavalier's 4th run.
Tech had opened up a three run lead prior to the bases loaded walk. After pitching a scoreless eitght inning Danny Payne was brought in the ninth to close out the game. Payne easily retired the first two batters. With the third and fourth hitters up next, Payne gave up a walk and a hit batsman to set the table for David Adams to hit a three run walk-off homer. The loss was Payne's second in as many outings. Pat McAnaney worked the final three innings for Virginia to pick up his second win in as many decisions.
HITTING - Danny Payne continues to lead the team in hitting with a .375 average but the gap has been closed by Michael Fisher who is now hitting .367. Matt Wieters is third with a .338 average. Wieters also leads the team in homers with 7 and rbi with 36. The Jackets are hitting .288 in all games and .274 in ACC games.
PITCHING - The weekend rotation continues to keep their era under 4. Eddie Burns leads the starters with a 2.74 era followed by Duncan with a 3.29 and Turner with a 3.88. Jared Hyatt lead the team in victories with six and has a 2.76 era. The staff now has an era of 4.40. Their conference era is 3.41
NEWS AND NOTES - Look for Ryan Turner to pitch a few innings Wednesday against Georgia. The 7pm home game should also see some other pitchers get some work in preparation for the three game series with North Carolina State this weekend. Friday and Saturday's games will start at 7pm and the Sunday game will begin at 1pm. State is currently in third in the Atlantic Division one half game ahead of the Jackets for fifth overall in the ACC. All three games will be on ACC Select.