April 24, 2011
ATLANTA – The ninth-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Boston College with a 10-8 victory Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Eight of the Yellow Jackets’ (30-11, 17-4 ACC) nine starters recorded at least one hit, while six drove in runs for Tech’s fifth weekend series sweep of the season.
Sophomore starter Buck Farmer (7-1) was tagged for seven runs on nine hits Sunday, but was able to hang in and record his seventh straight win on the mound. Farmer struck out six batters over 6 2/3 innings of work.
Boston College’s Andrew Lawrence gave the Eagles an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, with a RBI single to left field off of Farmer.
The Jackets responded with five runs on five hits in the bottom half of the frame. Freshman Mott Hyde and junior Matt Skole each brought in a pair of runs, Hyde on a single and Skole on a two-out double.
Boston College starter Eric Stevens (1-1) allowed three of the runs, and was credited with the loss. Stevens worked just 1 2/3 innings, allowing three hits.
Tech scored three more runs the next inning, two on a triple by freshman Kyle Wren, before plating a run in both the fifth and sixth innings to extend the lead to 10-4.
Boston College brought across three runs in the seventh inning to cut the lead to 10-7. Brad Zapenas and Matt McGovern drove in two of them with RBI hits, while a fielding error by Esch at shortstop scored McGovern for the third run.
McGovern brought the Eagles within two runs with an RBI single in the ninth, but sophomore Luke Bard got a couple of groundouts and a high fly out to left field to close the game.
Bard picked up his sixth save of the season.
The Jackets will return to action on Tuesday, with the ninth annual “Spring Baseball Classic for Kids” against Georgia at Turner Field. The game will be televised by Fox Sports South with a 7 p.m. first pitch. Tickets are $12 as proceeds benefit the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Tickets can be purchased through TicketMaster.com, or at the Turner Field box office.