Wake Falls to Georgia Tech in Series Opener
March 12, 2010
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech junior pitcher Deck McGuire tossed his first complete game, allowing just one run on three hits to lead the fourth-ranked Yellow Jackets to a 9-1 win against Wake Forest in the series opener on Friday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Wake Forest falls to 6-9 on the season, while Georgia Tech improves to 11-1 on the year.
McGuire was masterful on the mound, improving his record to 3-0 on the season. McGuire surrendered just one run on three hits, while striking out eight and walking two. After allowing his only run of the game in the second, he retired 17 straight batters between the end of the second and the seventh innings.
Wake Forest sophomore Michael Dimock suffered the loss, giving up seven runs, five of them earned, on 11 hits in 6.1 innings of work. Mark Adzick and Alex Wiesner each tossed scoreless outings in relief.
Offensively, Ryan Lloyd led Wake Forest with an RBI and a 1-for-2 night at the plate. Carlos Lopez also had a hit, while Mike Murray scored the only run of the game for the Demon Deacons. Ryan Semeniuk went 0-for-4 as his hitting streak was snapped at 14 games.
Thomas Nichols had a team-high three hits in four at-bats for Georgia Tech with an RBI and a run scored. Derek Dietrich drove home two runs, while Chase Burnette, Tony Plagman, Matt Skole and Jeff Rowland all had multi-hit games.
Georgia Tech struck first with three runs in the bottom of the first. Jeff Rowland led off the inning with a bunt single to third and then came around to score on a hit and run double to deep left center field by Derek Dietrich. Tony Plagman was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Cole Leonida moved each runner up a base on a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher for the first out of the inning. A sacrifice fly to deep center field off the bat of Matt Skole plated Dietrich for the second run of the inning. Chase Burnette singled to right field to score Plagman and make the score 3-0.
Wake Forest was able to get a run back in the top of the second. Mike Murray drew a walk to lead off the inning. A double down the left field line by Carlos Lopez sent Murray to third. Ryan Lloyd singled through the right side to score Murray and move Lopez to third. The Deacs were unable to plate any more runs as Lloyd was picked off first the first out of the inning and McGuire got Taylor Kaprive to strike out and Pat Blair to ground out to short to end the inning.
The Yellow Jackets scored three more times in the bottom of the third. Plagman led off the inning by reaching on an infield single. After a fly out to right by Leonida, Skole and Burnette hit consecutive singles to load the bases with one out. A ground ball to third off the bat of Jacob Esch was misplayed by Kaprive at third, allowing two runs to score and putting runners at second and third with one out. Thomas Nichols scored Burnette from third on a sacrifice fly to right to put Tech in front 6-1.
Georgia Tech added on to its lead with a run in the bottom of the seventh. After Dietrich struck out to lead off the inning, Plagman doubled to the left center field gap. A double down the left field line off the bat of Leonida scored Plagman to give the Yellow Jackets a 7-1 lead.
Wake Forest threatened in the eighth, but was unable to score. After McGuire had retired 17 straight batters, Lloyd led off the inning with a walk. Pinch hitter Mac Williamson sent a ball to deep right field, but Burnette was able to bring it in at the base of the wall for the first out of the inning. Blair singled up the middle to move Lloyd to second. After Heyman grounded into a fielder's choice to short, Brooks struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Yellow Jackets closed the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Rowland drove home Esch with a bases loaded single into right field. Dietrich grounded into a fielder's choice to short to score Nichols for the ninth Yellow Jacket run.
Wake Forest and Georgia Tech continue the weekend series on Saturday with first pitch set for 2 p.m. (ET). Freshman left-handed pitcher Tim Cooney (2-0, 1.35) will start for the Demon Deacons, while junior righty Brandon Cumpton (2-1, 2.12) will toe the rubber for the Yellow Jackets.
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