Kindel Lifts Jackets Over Furman, 5-4, in NCAA Atlanta Regional

June 3, 2005

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NCAA Atlanta Regional
Game 2 – #1 Georgia Tech 5, #4 Furman 4 – 10 innings

ATLANTA – Junior outfielder Jeff Kindel drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning and right-handed pitcher Tim Gustafson (5-2) pitched three solid innings in relief to lead No. 5 Georgia Tech (43-16) past Furman (30-28), 5-4 in 10 innings, in the NCAA Atlanta Regional at Russ Chandler Stadium on Friday.

The Yellow Jackets banged out 13 hits in the game, led by junior shortstop Tyler Greene, sophomore third baseman Wes Hodges and freshman designated hitter Matt Wieters. Greene went 2-for-4, with two runs batted in, while Wieters and Hodges each had three hits for the Jackets.

Greene extended his hitting streak to 21 games (9th longest in school history), while Wieters improved his hitting streak to 12 games, both career highs. The Yellow Jackets posted their fourth come-from-behind victory in their last five games.

Sophomore left-handed pitcher Lee Hyde (7-3) had a no decision for Tech on the mound, throwing 5 1/3 innings, scattering four hits, allowing four hits, three runs and one earned run.

Furman’s Matthew Betsill led the offensive charge for the Paladins, going 2-for-4, with two runs batted in and a home run. Left-handed pitcher Ryan Hodinka worked 4 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits, three runs, no earned runs and struck out two in a no decision. Right-handed closer Nick Hollstegge (2-2) took the loss on the hill for Furman, allowing one hit and one run.

After Furman took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning off a solo home run by Betsill, the Yellow Jackets answered with three unearned runs in the bottom half of the inning, highlighted by a two-out two RBI single by Greene to take a 3-1 lead.

The Jackets knocked Hodinka out of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning as Hodges and Wieters singled to put runners at first and third. The Paladins’ right-handed pitcher Sam Perry recorded a fly out to right field and a ground out to second base to pitch out of the jam and keep the score 3-1 after five complete innings.

Furman tacked on an unearned run in the top of the sixth inning after two Yellow Jacket errors and Betsill drove in a run to chase Hyde out of the game. Right-handed pitcher Jordan Crews entered the game for the Jackets on the mound with runners at first and third and one out. The Paladins’ Joe Daysh drove in the second unearned run of the inning for Furman to tie the score at 3-3, and Crews retired the side with a ground out to second base.

Tech took its second lead of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning as junior catcher Andy Hawranick singled up the middle with the bases loaded and two outs to plate Hodges who reached on a single to center field as the Yellow Jackets went out in front, 4-3.

Gustafson came into the game for the Jackets in the top of the eighth inning. Furman’s A.J. Davidiuk and Betsill tallied consecutive singles with one out and Case Cassedy drove in Davidiuk with a ground ball to second base to tie the game for the second time, 4-4.

Neither team managed a run in the ninth inning and the game headed to extra innings. After Tech held Furman off the scoreboard in the 10th inning, the Yellow Jackets’ Kindel laced a base hit off the right field wall to drive in sophomore first baseman Whit Robbins, who drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice, to lift Tech over the Paladins, 5-4.

The top-seeded Jackets will face No. 2 seed South Carolina tomorrow at 4 p.m. in the winner’s bracket. No. 3 seed Michigan will take on No. 4 seed Furman at Noon.

LINE SCORE                   R-H-EFURMAN     0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0  4-7-1GT         0-3-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1  5-13-2

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