|Georgia Tech’s Jason Basil, right, is congratulated by head coach Danny Hall after hitting a three-run homer. (AP Photo/John Amis)|
ATLANTA (AP) (May 27) — Southpaw Cory Vance retired the first 16 batters and held Stetson to three hits in seven innings as Georgia Tech picked up a 24-1 victory in the NCAA Atlanta Regional on Saturday.
Vance (13-2) carried a perfect game into the sixth, before surrendering a one-out double to Stetson’s Mike Fellman.
“In terms of consistency and hitting my spots this was probably the best game I’ve had in college,” said Vance, who struck out nine and walked none. “It’s kind of like being in ‘the zone’ as a hitter.”
The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning and were up 21-0 after a 12-run sixth inning that included two-run homers from both Jason Basil and Brad Stockton.
Mark Teixeira added four hits, including a home run, and four RBIs.
Stetson scored its only run in the seventh on Andy Wilson’s RBI double.
Hatters starter Jason Oglesby was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs on six hits.
“This is a very different (Georgia Tech) lineup,” said Stetson coach Pete Dunn. “We knew coming into this year that if (Oglesby) was going to be successful he’d have to get ahead. He got behind a few batters, and they hit it.”
On Sunday, Tech plays the winner of Saturday’s late game between Stetson and Auburn.
The Jackets need one win to advance to the NCAA Super Regional against the winner of the Fullerton (Calif.) Regional.