ATLANTA – Third baseman Mark Teixeira went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI to lead the top-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team to a 8-5 victory over a team of Tech alumni on Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. Tech’s Matthew Boggs reached base three times and scroed two runs, while Richard Lewis went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored in the game.
The Alumni jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the third when Kevin Gergel singled and scored on a sacrifice fly from Rick Lockwood. Tech, however, took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the frame with a RBI double from Mark Teixeira and a sacrifice fly from Bryan Prince.
The Alumni tied the score at 2-2 after Jason Atha led off the fourth with a double and came around to score on a RBI single from Mike Yancey.
Tech responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 4-2 lead. Prince drove in Matthew Boggs with a RBI double, while Victor Menocal plated Teixeira with a RBI single. The Yellow Jackets pushed the lead to 7-2 with three more runs in the sixth. Matt Murton drove in Jon Henry Kail with a RBI single while Teixeira plated two runs with a double.
The Alumni cut the lead to 7-5 with three runs in the top of the eighth. Rick Lockwood and David Ivester scored when Atha reached on an error, and Atha came around to score on Mike Yancey’s RBI groundout.
Tech closed out the scoring with one run in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice fly from Chris Goodman to provide the final 8-5 margin.
Tech starter Brian Sager picked up the victory after allowing two runs on four hits in six innings of work. He walked three batters and struck out. Jase Wrigley took the loss in releif for the Alumni.
Georgia Tech opens the 2001 season next Friday when the top-ranked Yellow Jackets face Lamar in the opening round of the Crowne Plaza/Rice Invitational in Houston, Tex. ALso comepting in that tournament are top-10 ranked Nebraska and Rice.
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Jim Poole, Jim Zauderer (3), Larry Livingston (4), Jase Wrigley (5), Stephen Donaghey (6), Chuck Crowder (7), Ben Sheeter (8) and David Ivester, Kevin Gergel (5). Brian Sager, Andy Mitchell (7), Jeff Watchko (8) and Bryan Prince, Tyler Parker (6). 2B–Jason Atha (A), Mark Teixeira (GT) 2, Bryan Prince (GT), Jon Henry Kail (GT), Billy Parham (A). W–Sager. L–Wrigley.