Georgia Tech Sweeps Missouri State

The sixth ranked Georgia Tech baseball team opened their series against Missouri State with high expectations and did little to disappoint.

Led by the dominant outings by Deck McGuire and Jed Bradley and the power-hitting of the Jacket nine, Georgia Tech swept the Missouri State Bears. Plagman, Chase Burnette, and Jacob Esch led the Jackets attack in the series sweep.

Coach Danny Hall sent McGuire to the mound for the Friday opener and he responded with ten strikeouts in seven innings of shutout work. Andrew Robinson and Kevin Jacob each pitched one inning in relief without giving up a run. Jacob closed out the ninth by striking out the side.

The Jacket hitters were kept off stride through five innings by Missouri State lefty Aaron Meade but a first inning leadoff homer by Jeff Rowland and a solo shot by Plagman in the sixth were all the Jackets needed with McGuire on the mound. "It was a clean game, both starters really pitched well", said Danny Hall. "We had to battle hard on Meade."

The homer by Rowland marked the second year in which he's hit one out in the season opener. "The lefty starter Meade was painting all over the place", said Rowland. "He made a mistake on my first at-bat and I was able to capitalize on it."

Game two of the series was quite a different story from the opener. Georgia Tech pounded out nineteen hits in route to a 20-3 win. The win gave Coach Hall the 900th win of his coaching career.

Plagman again led the Tech offense with four hits and two home runs. The Jackets broke open the game in the fourth by scoring nine runs with two outs. Jeff Rowland's triple in the nine run inning was one of two in the game and marked the first time a Tech player had done that since Jeff Ussery had two three-baggers against Georgia in 2007.

The Jackets faced another lefty on Saturday and the lefties in the Tech lineup responded well. "I feel like our left-handed hitter can hit lefthanders. We just have to be ready for them", said Coach Hall. "We honestly thought they were throwing a right-hander today I guess because of what they saw yesterday they decided to throw the lefty."

Brandon Cumpton took the mound for the Jackets on Saturday. He gave up two runs on seven hits in five innings of work. He was able to get the big out when needed to keep the Bears in check. "Double plays were big for him and like you said he gave up a couple there but just settled in and got outs when he needed them", said Hall.

With the Jacket batters coming alive today they were able to take a look at two of their freshman pitchers. Luke Bard and Ben McKinney each worked one inning without giving up a run. Those guys threw very well", said Hall. "We wanted to get them in there because those guys will be key for us down at Georgia Southern to get some innings."

Jake Davies and Brandon Thomas came off the bench to collect two hit each to go along with multiple hit games for Jacob Esch and Chase Burnette. One of Burnette's hits was his first home run of the season. Burnette and Plagman paced the Jacket attack with five and four RBI respectively.

In Sunday's game the Jacket's picked up where they left off on Saturday. Burnette's opposite field home run was all the support Bradley need in picking up his first win of the year in Tech's 13-0 win.

Bradley pitched six dominating innings giving up only four hits and striking out twelve. "I thought he dominated the game", said Coach Danny Hall. "That's the way he pitched in our inter-squad games heading into the season." Freshman Buck Farmer, Andrew Robinson, and Kevin Jacob each pitched one shut out inning to preserve the shut out win for Bradley.

Chase Burnette led the way with four hits and four RBI. Burnette ended the series with eight hits for the Jackets. "There were a lot of things I was working on in the off-season and it's paid off so far", said Burnette. Catcher Cole Leonida collected three hits including a grand slam to go along with homers from Matt Skole and Jay Dantzler in the seventeen hit attack.

NEWS AND NOTES

  • The three game series brought over 5,000 fans to Russ Chandler. The opening day crowd was the largest opening crowd in recent memory.
  • Victor Menocal, Eddie Burns, David Duncan, Luke Murton, and Whit Robbins were among the former players in attendance for the weekend series.
  • Former Tech football coach Bobby Ross was in attendance for Saturday's game.
  • Tech football player Roddy Jones got the loudest cheer of the weekend when he made his first plate appearance on Saturday.
  • The Jackets travel to Statesboro for a two game series this coming Tuesday and Wednesday. Mark Pope will start the Tuesday contest and Buck Farmer will get the Wednesday start.


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