Baseball Drops Series Opener To No. 6 Georgia Tech, 15-8
May 20, 2010
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Six different Georgia Tech players had two or more RBI as the No. 6 Yellow Jackets beat the Boston College baseball team, 15-8, Thursday at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.
Five different players hit home runs for Georgia Tech (43-10, 20-8 ACC) in the game as it pounded out 23 hits. Derek Dietrich, Tony Plagman, Matt Skole, Cole Leonida and Casey Burnette each went deep. Burnette went 5-for-6 in the game and had two doubles and three RBI. Dietrich also drove in three runs. Jay Dantzler and Jacob Esch both had three hits.
Deck McGuire got the win on the mound after throwing 6.0 innings and allowing two runs - one earned - on five hits. He struck out six and walked three.
Sophomore Anthony Melchionda led the Eagles (28-25, 13-15), going 3-for-4 with a double and a three-run homer. He also scored twice. Senior Mike Sudol was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and junior Mickey Wiswall hit his 17th homer of the year - a solo shot.
Wiswall is now tied for second on the single season home run ledger. His 17 round-trippers are tied with Brian Macchi who hit the same amount in 2001. Sean McGowan holds the record with 25 in 1999.
The Eagles got ahead early when Wiswall took a McGuire fastball the other way in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead.
Georgia Tech responded with five runs in the top of the second. Leonida hit a two-run homer down the line in left to put the Yellow Jackets on top, 2-1. Thomas Nichols was hit on the next pitch and took second on a groundout. Dantzler drove him in on the next at-bat with a single to right. The Jackets went on to load the bases with one out and Dietrich brought in another run with a sac fly to the wall in right. Plagman made it 5-1 with a sharp liner just out of the reach of Brad Zapenas at short.
The Eagles tacked on another run in the bottom of the third to make it a three-run game. Senior Robbie Anston beat out an infield single and then moved to second when the throw got past the first baseman. Junior Matt Hamlet drove him in with an RBI double down the line in right to cut the deficit to 5-2.
The Yellow Jackets had another five-run inning in the fourth to build a 10-2 lead. Jeff Rowland doubled to the gap in right on the first pitch and then Dietrich made it 7-2 with a two-run homer. Plagman hit another round-tripper on the next at-bat to push the lead to six. Burnette added an RBI double and Esch brought in another run with a single for the eight-run advantage.
Skole hit another two-run homer in the fifth and Burnette led off with a solo shot in the sixth to push the lead to 13-2.
BC posted five runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it a six-run game. Junior Garret Smith led off the inning with a single and freshman Philip Miclat walked with one out. Redshirt freshman Rob Moir doubled the gap in left for a run and then Melchionda lined a three-run homer over the wall in right to make it 13-6. Freshman Matt Watson doubled and then Sudol drove him in with an RBI single for BC's seventh run.
Burnette and Dantzler added RBI doubles in the ninth for the Yellow Jackets before freshman Matt McGovern brought in a run for the Eagles with a sac fly in the bottom half of the frame.
Game two of the series is scheduled for Friday at 1:30 p.m.