March 2, 2005
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Chipper Jones and Raul Mondesi each homered and five pitchers combined on a no-hitter to lead the Atlanta Braves to An 8-0 exhibition win over Georgia Tech on Wednesday at Cracker Jack Stadium. The Braves improved to 11-0 all-time against the Yellow Jackets.
Braves’ starter Zach Miner worked two scoreless and hitless innings to earn the win. Relievers Daniel Curtis, Macay McBride and Anthony Lerew each pitched two innings and did not allow a hit or run, while Kevin Barry worked a perfect ninth inning. Tech was held hitless but did draw five walks.
The Braves had 19 hits, including two hits from Roosevelt Brown, Pete Orr and Tony Pena.
The Braves scored four times in the fourth, including three straight RBI doubles from Julio Franco, Ryan Langerhans and Rafael Furcal. Solo home runs from Jones and Mondesi off Tim Gustafson made the score 6-0 in the third inning.
Atlanta extended the lead to 8-0 in the fourth inning with two runs off Tech reliever Jared Hyatt, scoring on a two-run double from Brown.
A two-run single from Billy McCarthy off Brian Futral made the score 10-0 in the sixth. The Braves added two runs off John Michael Vidic in the seventh, scoring on a RBI single from Brown and a RBI groundout from Jeff Francoeur.
Tech’s Jordan Crews, who allowed four runs in the second inning, was charged with the loss. Starter Ryan Self worked a scoreless first inning, Ryan Turner pitched a shutout fifth inning, and Brad Rulon worked a scoreless eighth.
Georgia Tech opens Atlantic Coast Conference play this weekend in a three game series at Duke. The series begins on Friday at 3 p.m.