Jackets Sweep the Scarlet Knights!

The number four Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets moved their record to 10-1 with a weekend sweep of Rutgers. The Jackets combined hitting up and down the lineup with strong pitching from Deck McGuire and Jed Bradley to gain the sweep.

Game one saw McGuire pitch his strongest game of the year as he limited Rutgers to six hits in eight innings of shutout ball in the Jackets 5-0 win. The Jackets three run first was all the support McGuire needed in bringing his record to 2-0. McGuire struck out nine batters before giving way to Kevin Jacob who set down all three batters he faced in the ninth.

Rutgers was trying to be very aggressive early in the game against McGuire. Once I got comfortable me and Kink (Coach Tom Kinkelaar) started working well together," said McGuire. "He did a great job today of calling pitches and keeping them off balance." McGuire was hoping to finish the game but, after a friendly discussion, Coach Danny Hall elected to bring in closer Kevin Jacob to get some work. "I want to finish one game before I leave here," said McGuire. "I not so good at keeping pitch counts down."

The Jackets hitting attack was paced by two hit games from Jeff Rowland, Jacob Esch, and Jay Dantzler. Rowland hit the lone homer of the game for the Jackets. Esch's two hits raised his batting average to a team leading .471.

The Jackets sent Brandon Cumpton to the mound for game two of the series against Rutgers. Cumpton struggled giving up five runs over the first three innings but he settled down to pitch shut out ball in the fourth and fifth to raise his record to 3-0. Luke Bard continued his string of strong performances out of the bullpen pitching one innings of shut out ball. Patrick Long, Zach Brewster, and Jake Davies all pitched one inning of shut out ball.

The Jackets had many hitting stars in the win. They pounded out twenty hits in the 19-5 win. Catcher Cole Leonida was inserted in the cleanup spot when Rutgers put a lefty on the mound and he responded with four hits including a three run home run. Leonida had four RBI on the day. Matt Skole and Jacob Esch each contribute three hits for the Jackets.

The final game of the three game series saw pitcher Jed Bradley in command for all six innings that he pitched. Bradley scattered five hits and struck out nine in picking up his second win of the season. With a postponement of the midweek game this week Coach Hall went to the bullpen in the seventh to get some work in for Andrew Robinson, Buck Farmer and Kevin Jacob. "We haven't had enough work for some of those guys," said Hall. "I wanted to make sure they got innings." Robinson and Farmer were sharp in their one inning of work. Jacob struggled with his control and gave up a three run home run as Rutgers scored four in the ninth in the Jacket's 9-4 victory.

The Jackets had six extra base hits including home runs by Matt Skole and Chase Burnette. "Matt [Skole] had a real good weekend, and a great day today," head coach Danny Hall said. "He's a good hitter, and had a good year last year. He's improving, and I thought he had some very good at-bats today." Skole went 6-10 in the three game series. "I'm starting to get comfortable and luckily I'm hitting the ball well."

Tony Plagman, Derek Dietrich, Cole Leonida, Skole, and Jacob Esch all contributed two hits. Esch has now gone four straight games with at least two hits. He now has seven multiple hit games on the season.

The Jackets travel to Mercer this Wednesday with Mark Pope scheduled to pitch. "I was hoping we could get him in for an inning this week but it didn't work out that way," Hall commented. "We had an inter-squad game last Wednesday and he faced some hitters and took a bullpen today so he'll be ready to go Wednesday."

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