May 5, 2001
ATLANTA – Rhett Parrott tossed seven strong innings while Matt Murton and Jason Basil both homered to lead 10th-ranked Georgia Tech (35-14) to a 9-3 victory over visiting Charleston Southern (13-33) on Friday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Parrott (8-4) picked up his first victory in five starts after allowing three runs on nine hits in seven innings. He walked one batter and recorded six strikeouts. Philip Perry and Brian Sager came on to toss a scoreless eighth and ninth, respectively.
CSU starter Ryan Smith (1-7) took the loss after surrendering nine runs in seven innings of work.
Tech took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Basil led off the frame with a solo homer, his 12th of the season and second in as many games. Murton and Wes Rynders followed with RBI singles, while Matthew Boggs drove in the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.
The Yellow Jackets stretched the lead to 7-1 with three more runs in the fourth inning. The inning was highlighted by a RBI triple from Richard Lewis, who went 3-for-5 and tied a school record with two triples in the game.
Charleston Southern’s Brian Massey was a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBI in a losing effort, and David Martindale went 3-for-4.
Tech was led by Lewis and Victor Menocal, who both had three hits in the game. Murton went 2-for-4 while hitting his seventh home run of the season.
Georgia Tech and Charleston Southern will conclude the series on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., and there will be pre-game festivities to commemorate the final regular-season series at Russ Chandler Stadium before the facility is razed and rebuilt for the 2002 season. The game will be broadcast on WREK-Radio (91.1 FM in Atlanta) and on the internet at www.ramblinwreck.com.