June 6, 2004
ATLANTA – Right-handed pitcher Andrew Kown (10-1) worked seven strong innings and won his ninth straight decision to lead top-seeded Georgia Tech (44-19) over second-seeded Texas Tech (40-21), 5-3, in the NCAA Atlanta Regional Championship game on Sunday afternoon in Russ Chandler Stadium. Tyler Green finished 3-for-5, with a home run and two runs batted in to lead the Yellow Jackets offensively.
Tech will host a NCAA Super Regional next weekend. The NCAA will announce the game times and dates tonight at 11 p.m. on ESPN. It will be the third Super Regional that the Jackets have hosted (2000, ’02 & ’04), winning in 2002 and advancing to their second College World Series.
Kown allowed one earned run, struck out seven and walked just three for the win. Right-handed reliever Jordan Crews threw the final two innings, giving up three hits, two earned runs and walked two.
Brandon Boggs, Clifton Remole and Micah Owings each drove in runs for the Rambling Wreck. Boggs finished 2-for-5, with a home run and one RBI. Remole went 3-for-5, with a RBI, while Owings drove in a run and finished the game 1-for-2, with two walks.
Michael McGowan picked up the loss for the Red Raiders, throwing 3 1/3 innings, allowing three hits, three earned runs and fanned three. Michael Mask led the Texas Tech bats, going 3-for-4, with a home run and two runs batted in. Josh Brady chipped in with a 3-for-5 effort for the Red Raiders.
Georgia Tech’s Eric Patterson was named as the Atlanta Regional most outstanding player. Owings, Remole, Greene, Kown and Whit Robbins were all selected to the NCAA Atlanta Regional All-Tournament team, along with Patterson.
With two outs and runners at first and second in the top of the first inning, Remole singled through the right side to plate Steven Blackwood who reached base on a walk to give the Jackets an early 1-0 lead.
After two straight singles in the bottom of the second inning by the Red Raiders’ Mask and Josh Haney, to put runners at the corners with no outs, the Jackets’ Kown pitched his way out of the jam, tallying two strikeouts and inducing a pop out that second baseman Patterson chased down in shallow right-center field as the score remained 1-0.
Boggs launched his ninth home run of the season to lead off the third inning and give the Yellow Jackets a 2-0 lead. Greene added another solo home run for Tech in the top of the fourth inning, his seventh of the year, to extend the advantage to 3-0. After a walk, the Red Raiders made a pitching change, bringing in right-hander John Milton. Milton retired the side in order for Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders threatened in the bottom of the fifth inning as Brady doubled down the left-field line with two outs. Jose Delgado followed with an infield single to place runners at the corners. Delgado stole second base to place two runners in scoring position. Kown then registered a pop out in shallow center field as Patterson came up with another great catch to keep TTU scoreless.
Back-to-Back walks and a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out for the Red Raiders in the bottom of the sixth inning. Cody Fuller drove in the first run for Texas Tech with a ground ball to the shortstop as the score moved to 3-1.
The Yellow Jackets added another two-out run in the top of the seventh inning on a Greene RBI single through the left side to plate Owings who reached on his first hit of the afternoon. TTU’s Cory Gerstner entered the game for the Red Raiders on the hill to try and pitch out of a bases loaded, two outs jam. Gerstner retired the final out via the strikeout as the Jackets led 4-1.
Boggs and Blackwood tallied consecutive singles and Owings drove in Boggs with a sacrifice fly to center field to push the Rambling Wreck out in front by a 5-1 score in the top of the eighth inning.
Mask led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a base hit to right field to force the Yellow Jackets into a pitching change. Tech’s Jordan Crews entered the game with a runner on first and nobody out. With the bases loaded and two outs, Tech third baseman Mike Trapani made a diving play to his left and threw the runner out at first base to advance the game to the ninth inning with the Jackets leading by four.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Mask slugged his 16th home run of the season, driving in Delgado who reached on a walk, as the deficit was cut to two, 5-3. Crews retired the final out on a fly ball to center field as Tech defeated the Red Raiders, 5-3.
Line Score R-H-E
----------------------------------------GT 1-0-1-1-0-0-1-1-0 5-11-1TT 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-2 3-10-0----------------------------------------
NCAA ATLANTA REGIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Cooper Fouts, C, Texas Tech
Whit Robbins, 1B, Georgia Tech
Eric Patterson, 2B, Georgia Tech
Tyler Greene, SS, Georgia Tech
Josh Haney, 3B, Texas Tech
Joseph Hunter, OF, Mississippi State
Cody Fuller, OF, Texas Tech
Clifton Remole, OF, Georgia Tech
Josh Brady, DH, Texas Tech
Micah Owings, P, Georgia Tech
Andrew Kown, P, Georgia Tech
Most Outstanding Player: Eric Patterson, Georgia Tech