March 1, 2005
ATLANTA – Freshman Matt Wieters pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless relief and Tyler Greene drove in two runs to lead No. 13 Georgia Tech (8-2) to a 9-1 win over visiting Georgia Southern (3-6) on Tuesday afternoon in the 700th win of Tech head coach Danny Hall’s career.
Hall improved his 18-year career record to 700-330, including 492 wins in 12 years at Georgia Tech and 208 wins in six years at Kent State. Hall currently ranks 12th among active coaches in winning percentage.
Wieters (1-0), held the Eagles scoreless on three hits and one walk while striking out two. He did not allow a runner to advance past second base. Also serving as Tech’s DH, he went 1-for-3 with a RBI.
Jeff Kindel led the Yellow Jackets with two hits. Tech had just seven hits in the game but was aided by 10 walks and five Georgia Southern errors.
Tech built a 4-1 lead through three innings, scoring two runs in both the second and third innings. Andy Hawranick had a RBI single and Michael Fisher drove in a run with a groundout in the second inning. In the third, Greene walked and scored on an error and Wieters executed a squeeze bunt.
The Yellow Jackets added three runs in the sixth inning to extend the lead to 7-1. Tech loaded the bases on a single and two walks before Greene drove in two runs with a single and Danny Payne scored a third run on an errant throw during the same play.
The Eagles’ only run of the game came in the third inning on Jason Hurst’s two-out RBI single. Hurst led Georgia Southern with two hits in four at bats.
Georgia Southern starter Dustin Evans (0-3) took the loss, allowing four runs on four hits and five walks in 4.1 innings.
The Yellow Jackets play an exhibition at the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday at 1 p.m. before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play this weekend at Duke.