WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (May 13) – Sophomore Mark Teixeira homered and drove in four runs to lead third-ranked Georgia Tech over No. 15 Wake Forest, 20-10, on Saturday afternoon at Gene Hooks Stadium.
Georgia Tech’s (42-13, 18-5 ACC) victory clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship and the top seed in next week’s ACC tournament in Fort Mill, S.C. The regular season title was the fourth for the Yellow Jackets since joining the ACC in 1980, as Tech also finished first in 1987, 1993 and 1997.
Wake Forest dropped to 37-16-1 and 13-10 in ACC play.
Tech starter Rhett Parrott (7-2) picked up the victory after allowing three earned runs on nine hits in five innings of work. The sophomore walked two batters and struck out seven.
With the score tied 2-2 after one inning, the Yellow Jackets broke the game open with 12 unanswered runs in the second through the fifth innings. Tech scored three runs in the second, five runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth. In that fifth inning, Brad Stockton, Teixeira and Byran Prince blasted back-to-back-to-back home runs, marking the first time since 1995 that the Jackets accomplished that feat.
Georgia Tech tied a season-high with 22 hits in the game as every Yellow Jacket starter had at least one hit. Tech was led by four-hit performances from Stockton, Prince and Basil and a three-hit game from Teixeira.
Teixeira, Prince and Basil each had four RBI, while Lewis and Stockton both scored five runs.
Wake Forest starter Ryan Braun (3-3) took the loss, allowing five runs in 1.1 innings or work.
Georgia Tech and Wake Forest will conclude the three-game ACC series and wrap up the 2000 regular season on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.