|Georgia Tech’s Mark Teixeira is congratulated as he enters the dugout after hitting a home run against Stetson during their NCAA regional game in Atlanta, Sunday, May 28, 2000. (AP Photo/John Amis)|
ATLANTA (AP) (May 28) — Georgia Tech completed a perfect run through the NCAA Atlanta Regional on Sunday, getting four hits from Victor Menocal and home runs from Mark Teixeira and Tyler Parker in a 16-11 win over Stetson.
Tech (50-14) won its eighth straight by scoring 10 runs in two-out situations. The Jackets advance to the NCAA Super Regional, a three-game series June 2-4, where they will face Southern Cal, winner of the Fullerton Regional.
The host sites for the Super Regionals will be announced Monday.
Stetson finished its season at 48-16.
Georgia Tech catcher Bryan Prince was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after batting .642 with seven RBIs.
“It’s a great feeling to know we’re one of the top 16 teams in the country,” said Georgia Tech coach Danny Hall. “It was a little different, the way we did it today.”
The Yellow Jackets, who drubbed Stetson 24-1 in a winner’s bracket game Saturday, bolted to an 8-0 lead after three innings. Teixeira’s homer to center field and Brad Stockton’s two-run double highlighted a four-run first, and Menocal’s two-run single capped a four-run outburst in the third.
“In my mind they’re the favorite to win the national championship,” Stetson coach Pete Dunn said of the Jackets. “They’re the most complete team I’ve seen.”
Frank Corr belted two homers and finished with four hits for the Hatters, who cut the lead to four in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings but could get no closer. First baseman Brooks Stephens added a two-run homer and a double.
Tech starter Steve Kelly (8-2) pitched into the seventh inning to get the win. Kelly retired the first 11 batters he faced before Corr singled in the fourth. He struck out seven and walked none.
Stetson’s Jason Oglesby (10-5) suffered the loss.
NCAA ATLANTA REGIONAL
May 26-28, 2000, Russ Chandler Stadium
Hosted by Georgia Tech
Game 1: Georgia Tech 11, Georgia Southern 9Game 2: Stetson 9, Auburn 5Game 3: Auburn 11, Georgia Southern 5Game 4: Georgia Tech 24, Stetson 1Game 5: Stetson 13, Auburn 10Game 6: Georgia Tech 16, Stetson 11Georgia Tech wins NCAA Atlanta Regional and advances to Super Regional against winner of Fullerton Regional
C: Bryan Prince, Georgia Tech1B: Todd Faulkner, Auburn2B: Richard Lewis, Georgia TechSS: Victor Menocal, Georgia Tech3B: Mark Teixeira, Georgia TechOF: Frank Corr, StetsonOF: Gabe Gross, AuburnOF: Brad Stockton, Georgia TechDH: Josh Laws, StetsonP: Cory Vance, Georgia TechP: Lenny DiNardo, Stetson
Most Outstanding Player: Bryan Prince, Georgia Tech