The Jackets opened the week Wednesday night with a home game against rival Georgia. The Jackets broke open a tight game with a four run fourth inning in route to a 8-2 win. Freshman Andrew Robinson pitched three innings of shut out ball to pick up his first win at Georgia Tech.
The Jackets opened a crucial three game series with North Carolina State Friday evening. The game was a classic pitchers duel between David Duncan and Eric Surkamp. It appeared that Duncan's eight and two-thirds innings of two hit ball was going to be wasted until Wally Crancer provided the heroics in the bottom of the ninth.
Tech trailed 1-0 going into the ninth. Danny Payne led off the inning with an infield single to third and was sacrificed to second when Michael Fisher laid down a perfect bunt. After falling being in the count 2-0, State coach Elliott Avent elected to intentionally walk Matt Wieters. The move backfired as Crancer hit a walk-off two run double to win the game.
Duncan struck out a career high eleven batters and yielded only one run on a solo homer. Brad Rulon came on in the ninth to get the final out and was credited with the win. Danny Payne and Matt Wieters led the attack with two hits each.
Saturday night's game was another low scoring affair. Eddie Burns got the start for the Jackets and went five and two-thirds innings. Burns struck out a career high 10 batters as the Jacket staff combined to strike out 17 Wolfpack hitters. Jared Hyatt got the win in relief as he improved his record to 7-0. Brad Rulon worked the 9th for his first save of the year.
Hyatt worked out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh by getting a strike out and then an inning ending double play. Danny Payne came on to strike out the side in the eighth before giving way to Rulon in the ninth with one out.
Once again Payne led the attack with three hits. Wieters and Crancer each added two hits. The Jackets kept the Wolfpack in the game with some shoddy baserunning. Payne's rbi single in the sixth put the Jackets ahead for good.
Sunday afternoon's series finale didn't provide the drama that the first two games did. Neither starter made it past the fourth inning. The four run second inning was all that Tech needed to take the final game of the series 7-3. Chris Hicks went two and a third innings in relief of Ryan Turner to pick up the win. Jared Hyatt pitched the final two innings without giving up a run.
Luke Murton and Danny Payne paced the attack. Murton collected three hits and solo home run. Payne's three run double in the second provided the margin of victory. Payne, Wieters, Tony Plagman, and Chris House all had two hits.
Hitting - Danny Payne led the team in hits for the week with eight. Wally Crancer and Matt Wieters each had six. Payne and Crancer each had 5 rbi for the week. Michael Fisher extended his hitting streak to eighteen and House hit safely in his eleventh straight game.
Pitching - The Jacket bullpen went nine and two-thirds innings in the series with State without giving up a run. Jared Hyat picked up his team leading seventh win. The Jackets staff combined for thirty three strike outs in the series with State.
News and Notes - The Jackets return to action Tuesday evening for their second game with Georgia at Ted Turner Field. Look for the possible return of John Goodman Tuesday evening. The sweep by the Jackets raised their record to 26-14 and 13-7 in the ACC. Matt Wieters slightly injured his shoulder and wrist in the victory celebration Friday night. The injuries prevented him from relieving in Saturday night's game.
Former Jacket parents and current Tech athletes and coaches continue to support the baseball program. Mainstay's D'Andre Bell and Jeremis Smith from the basketball team, Kristina Hull from the softball team, and Michael Cox, Tyler Evans, Alex Pauquette were seen at games this week. Director of football operations Liam Klein was at Friday night's game and AD Dan Radakovich was at the weekend series.