Georgia Tech ends VU season, 8-4

ATLANTA- Georgia Tech used a solid start by Ryan Turner and wrapped out 11 hits to defeat Vanderbilt 8-4 in the championship round of the Atlanta Regional Sunday night at Russ Chandler Stadium. Earlier in the day Vanderbilt had defeated Michigan 5-4 to advance to the Regional Championship game.

The Yellow Jackets (48-16) went 3-0 in the regional and advanced to the Super Regionals against either Kentucky or College of Charleston, while the Commodores closed out the season with a 38-27 mark.

"We wanted to get off to a good start," said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin. "You have to in an elimination game and I thought we did get off to a decent start. With the exception of not scoring some runs, I thought we did as well as we could. We turned a big double-play. I felt if we kept them within distance, sooner or later we would be able to catch them."

Turner (4-3) gave up four runs, three coming via solo homers, in 8.1 innings of work with six strikeouts and no walks in the winning effort.

Matt Wieters continued his torrid weekend at the plate with a solo homer in the third to give Georgia Tech a 1-0 lead.

The Yellow Jackets added three runs in the fourth to make it 4-0. Michael Fisher had a RBI double and Mike Trapani had a two-run homer to right to account for the runs.

Dominic de la Osa's solo homer to lead off the fifth cut the lead to 4-1.

Georgia Tech added two more runs in the sixth on a bases loaded walk and a sacrifice fly RBI by Wally Crancer.

Weiters added a two-run homer in the eighth to extend the lead to 8-1.

Alex Feinberg hit his first career homer in the eighth inning and Pedro Alvarez hit his 22nd homer of the year later in the inning to make it 8-3.

Josh Zeid threw an inning of scoreless relief in the ninth for the Commodores.

Vanderbilt added a run in the ninth on a RBI single by Alex Feinberg to close out the scoring in the game.

De la Osa finished 4-for-4 with two runs scored to lead the Commodores.

Cody Crowell (6-3) was charged with the loss after giving up six runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings of work. He struck out six and walked four.

"It's tough for the older guys," said Crowell. "We were not coming in here to lose, we wanted to win. Right now it is a tough feeling for all of us. We played hard and hung it all out there."

Vanderbilt    000 100 021-490
Georgia Tech  001 302 20x-8(11)1

Vanderbilt  002 000 210-5(14)1
Michigan    000 003 010-4(12)0

Crowell, Rhoden (6), Zeid (8) and Robin. Turner and Hawranick. W- Turner 4-3, L- Crowell 6-3. Sv-None. HR- VU: de la Osa (9), Feinberg (1), Alvarez (22) GT: Wieters 2 (13), Trapani (5).

Game Notes: Vanderbilt played in its second regional championship under head coach Tim Corbin in his second NCAA appearance in three seasons in Nashville … Tyler Rhoden made his second career NCAA appearance in relief … Pedro Alvarez hit three homers in the regional … Alex Feinberg's first career homer came in his 356th career at bat … Josh Zeid pitched two innings of scoreless relief in the regional … Senior Rucker Taylor's pinch hit at bat in the top of the ninth was the Commodores first non-pitching substitution of the weekend. He was hit by a pitch in his final collegiate plate appearance … Parker Hanks and Kurt Lipton had their first at bats of the postseason in the ninth inning … Outfielder Ryan Davis, Third baseman Matt Buschmann and pitcher Matt Buschmann were named to the NCAA Atlanta Regional All-Tournament Team ... Vandy finished with 38 wins this season, second most in school history behind the 45 of the 2004 team.


Vanderbilt's Pedro Alvarez runs the bases as Michigan pitcher Chris Fetter walks back to the mound with catcher Jeff Kunkel talking to him during the third inning of their NCAA Regional baseball game at Russ Chandler Stadium in Atlanta, Sunday, June 4, 2006. Vanderbilt won, 5-4, eliminating Michigan from the tournament. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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