March 10, 2002
ATLANTA – Freshman Clifton Remole homered and drove in two runs to lead fifth-ranked Georgia Tech (13-1) to a 8-1 win over visiting Winthrop (8-9) on Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Yellow Jackets’ victory, the team’s sixth in a row, completed a three-game series sweep of the Eagles.
Georgia Tech’s 13-1 record through 14 games is the Yellow Jackets’ best start to a season since opening the 1997 season with a 15-1 mark.
Tech starter Brian Burks (4-0) won his third consecutive start after allowing just one unearned run in five innings. He allowed seven hits and walked two batters while striking out six. Releivers Jeff Watchko, Nick Wagner and Andrew Kown teamed to toss four shutout innings out of the bullpen to preserve the victory.
The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning to take control of the game. Matthew Boggs, Victor Menocal and Matt Murton led off the game with consecutive singles, the last of which drove in Boggs to give Tech a 1-0 lead. After a walk to Tyler Parker loaded the bases, Jeremy Slayden plated Menocal with a sacrifice fly and Remole drove in Murton with a RBI single. Eric Patterson hit Tech’s second sacrifice fly of the inning, scoring Parker, while Jake Hall capped the inning with a RBI double that drove in Remole.
A RBI single from Josiah Glafenhein made the score 5-1 in the second inning.
Remole made the score 6-1 with a solo home run in the sixth inning, his second of the season. Tech added two more runs in the seventh on RBI singles from Parker and Slayden to make the score 8-1. Remole, Menocal and Hall each had two hits in the game for the Yellow Jackets.
Withrop starter Ben Thurmond (2-2) took the loss after allowing eight runs on 10 hits in seven innings of work. The Eagles’ Todd Leathers went 3-for-4 in the loss.
Georgia Tech will return to action when the Yellow Jackets visit Georgia State on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Live scoring for the game will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com.