May 8, 2001
MACON, Ga. –Jason Perry homered and drove in four runs and Georgia Tech scored 11 runs in the first two innings as the 10th-ranked Yellow Jackets (38-14) defeated Mercer (22-27), 15-2, on Tuesday night at Claude Smith Field.
Tech scored four runs in the top of the first on a two-run homer from Jason Basil, his 13th, and a two-run shot from Perry, his 12th. In the second, the first seven batters of the inning all reached base and eventually came around to score. The inning was highlighted by a two-run double from Derik Goffena and a two-run single from Perry, who went 3-for-4 in the game.
The Yellow Jackets added two runs in the fourth on a two-run single >from Bryan Prince. Tech made the score 15-0 in the fifth inning when Victor Menocal scored on Wes Rynders’ flyout and Jon Henry Kail scored on a RBI single from Brian Jackson.
Tech starter Brian Sager (3-0) picked up the win in a staff day, tossing two scoreless innings and striking out four batters. Philip Perry, who went three innings, and Brian Burks, who went the final two, teamed to hold the Bears to one earned run on seven hits in the game.
Mercer’s Jason Page (8-7) took the loss after allowing 11 runs in one-plus inning of work.
Eight of the nine Tech starters had at least one hit in the game, including two-hit performances from Basil, Prince and Brad Stockton. Mercer’s Brandon Blair went 4-for-4 in a losing effort.
Georgia Tech will visit North Carolina for a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series beginning on Friday at 7 p.m. in what will be the final regular season games of the 2001 season. The entire series will be broadcast on WREK-Radio (91.1 FM in Atlanta) and on the internet at www.ramblinwreck.com.