May 6, 2006
ATLANTA – Freshman David Duncan allowed one unearned run in eight innings and Jeff Kindel had three hits, including a home run, to lead No. 10 Georgia Tech (35-12) to a 7-2 win over South Florida (20-27) in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Duncan (6-2) needed just 98 pitches to work a career-long eight innings. The left-hander held the Bulls to one unearned run on three hits, all singles, and did not issue a walk while striking out three batters. He allowed just two USF batters to advance past first base.
The Bulls took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning with an unearned run. Brian Baisley singled and scored on an error by Tech shortstop Michael Fisher.
The Yellow Jackets missed a scoring opportunity in the fourth when they failed to score despite the first four hitters of the inning all hitting safely.
Tech scored an unearned run in the fifth inning to tie the game at 1-1. The Yellow Jackets put runners on first and second with two outs on a pair of walks. Whit Robbins scored the tying run when USF second baseman Carlos Armstrong mishandled a ground ball off the bat of Blackwood.
The Jackets scored three runs in the sixth inning to break the tie and take a 4-1 lead. Wieters led off the inning with a double and Kindel singled before Luke Murton delivered a sacrifice fly. Walks to Robbins and Mike Trapani loaded the bases with one out, and Hawranick followed with a two-run single.
Tech added three runs in the seventh inning to extend the lead to 7-1. Kindel hit a two-run homer, his eighth of the year, and Hawranick drove in a run when he drew a bases loaded walk.
Joey Angleberger had a RBI double in the ninth inning off Tech reliever Chris Hicks to provide the final 7-2 margin.
USF starter Davis Bilardello (1-5), who was perfect through the first three innings of the game, took the loss after allowing four runs in 5.1 innings. Brian Baisley had two of the Bulls’ five hits.
Georgia Tech and South Florida will conclude the three-game series with game two of the doubleheader on Saturday at 7 p.m.