April 18, 2009

Courtesy of Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – No. 12 Georgia Tech pounded four home runs, including two from Tony Plagman, and starter Deck McGuire allowed two runs in seven innings as the Yellow Jackets defeated Wake Forest 13-2 in the series opener on a beautiful Friday night at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
 
Wake Forest drops to 20-17 and 6-13 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, while Georgia Tech improves to 24-8-1 and 11-5-1 in league play.
 
McGuire was masterful on the mound for Georgia Tech, earning the win to improve his record to 6-0 on the season.. The Demon Deacons did not a get a runner into scoring position until the sixth inning, when Wake put together a two-run rally. McGuire allowed two runs, only one earned on four hits, while striking out nine in seven innings.
 
Garrett Bullock started for Wake Forest and suffered his first loss of the season to drop to 1-1 on the year. Bullock gave up five runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one.
 
Plagman did most of the damage at the plate for Georgia Tech, going 5-for-6 with two home runs, four RBIs and three runs scored. Luke Murton and Matt Skole also homered for the Yellow Jackets in the game.
 
Steven Brooks, Shane Kroker, Austin Stadler and Evan Ocheltree each had a hit for Wake Forest, while Dustin Hood had the only RBI of the game for the Demon Deacons.
 
Georgia Tech struck first with two runs in the top of the first. Jeff Rowland led off the inning with an infield single, but was picked off at first for the first out of the inning. Derek Dietrich followed with an infield single of his own. Jason Haniger doubled down the right field line, but Dietrich was thrown out at third for the second out of the inning. Plagman followed with his ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot that just cleared the wall in left field, to give the Yellow Jackets a 2-0 lead.
 
The Yellow Jackets scored another run in the top of the fourth inning when Plagman led off the inning with his second home run of the game and 10th of the season, another opposite field blast over the left-center field fence.
 
Georgia Tech tallied two more runs in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead. Rowland opened the inning with a double and moved to third on a stolen base. After Dietrich struck out looking, Haniger doubled to plate Rowland for the fourth Yellow Jacket run. A double by Plagman, his third hit of the day, advanced Haniger to third. Murton was intentionally walked to load the bases. Skole drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to left.
 
Wake Forest had its best offensive inning of the game in the bottom of the sixth. Brooks hit a one-out double to the right-center field alley. Kroker reached on a bloop single to advance Brooks to third. Hood hit a ground ball to third and Skole threw wildly to second base, allowing Brooks to score and sending Kroker to third and Hood to second. A balk by McGuire plated Kroker for Wake’s second run of the inning.
 
Georgia Tech answered with three runs in the seventh. Haniger led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a double by Plagman to left-center field. Haniger scored on a wild pitch to make the score 6-2. Murton hit a 3-1 pitch over the left-field wall for his 10th home run of the season.
 
The Yellow Jackets scored twice in the eighth inning and added three runs in the top of the ninth.
 
The Demon Deacons and Yellow Jackets continue the series on Saturday at 6 p.m. Wake Forest has yet to announce a starter for the second game of the series, while Georgia Tech will start RHP Zach Von Tersch (5-1, 5.68).