May 19, 2002
Daniel Moore fired a complete game four-hitter and Sean Farrell had four hits to lead sixth-ranked North Carolina (39-17, 17-7 ACC) to a 6-1 win over eighth-ranked Georgia Tech (44-12, 14-9), on Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Tar Heels’ win salvaged the final game of the series that saw the Yellow Jackets win 2-1.
Moore (7-2) went the distance for the first time this season after walking one batter and striking out seven. He allowed just one Tech batter to advance past first base, and he retired the side in order in six of nine innings.
With the score tied at 1-1, the Tar Heels scored two runs in the sixth inning. Farrell and Chris Maples hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning and then advanced on a sacrifice bunt from Jeremy Cleveland. Tech starter Brian Burks hit Ron Braun to load the bases with one out, but appeared to work out of the jam by striking out Greg Mangum for the second out of the inning. However, Ryan Blake delivered the big blow, a two-out, two-run single to left field, to make the score 3-1.
The Tar Heels added three more runs in the seventh inning to push the lead to 6-1. Adam Greenberg led off with a solo home run, his 15th of the season, while Farrell doubled and scored on a RBI double from Chris Maples. Maples scored the third run of the inning after stealing third base and coming home after a errant pickoff attempt from Burks.
Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets could muster no offense against Moore. Tech had the leadoff batter reach base just once in nine innings, and the Jackets’ lone run came on a double play ground ball by Mike Nickeas in the third inning.
Burks (9-5) took the loss, surrendering five earned runs on 10 hits in 6.1 innings.
Georgia Tech moves on to the ACC Tournament in St. Petersburg, Fla., this week. The fifth-seeded Yellow Jackets and will begin play at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning against fourth-seeded Clemson. All of Tech’s games in the tournament will be carried live on WREK-Radio (91.1 FM in Atlanta) and on the internet at www.ramblinwreck.com. Live scoring for the games will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com.