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May 29, 2010
By Rob Daniels
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Between thunderstorms and the elimination of the event's top two seeds, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets had seen plenty in the first three days of the 2010 ACC Baseball Championships. They just hadn't done a whole lot.
Their chance delayed by great opponent pitching and natural fireworks, the Jackets announced their presence Saturday with a 17-5 defeat of NC State that was truncated to seven innings by the 10-run rule. Tech (45-12) produced the highest offensive output of any team in the tournament since the Jackets defeated Florida State 18-2 in 2005. And they did it without the benefit of the long ball, the calling card of this year's tournament.
State starter Jake Buchanan completed the top of the first Friday before thunderstorms wiped out the evening's play in the middle of the inning and delayed resumption until 10 Saturday morning. The timing was bad for NC State, which had burned through Buchanan, and fine for Georgia Tech, which didn't have to use scheduled starter Brandon Cumpton until Saturday.
The Jackets closed in on the win early when they got the lead to double digits with an odd top of the seventh. Tech scored seven runs on just three hits as the Pack walked three batters, hit two others, tossed a pair of wild pitches and committed an error.
Cumpton prevented pitching dilution from becoming an issue on the Tech side by throwing six competent innings.
"He was tired and over 100 pitches, but he gutted it out for us," Georgia Tech coach Danny Hall said.
Tony Plagman led the Jacket offense by going 3-for-4 with three RBI.
In nine games, the teams have combined to hit 35 home runs - a testament to the hitters' strength, the aluminum bat and the hitter-friendly dimensions of NewBridge Bank Park, 312 feet and 315 feet down the foul lines.
2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship
NewBridge Bank Park -- Greensboro, N.C.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Game 9: #3 Georgia Tech vs. #7 NC State
Georgia Tech (45-12, 21-9 ACC) ... ...improves to 45-12 overall and 67-49 in the ACC championship. ...has won more games against NC State in the championship than any other team. ...scored four or more runs in three different innings. ...scored 17 runs without hitting a home run. ...17 runs scored are the most since the Yellow Jackets defeated Florida State, 18-2, in seven innings in 2005; Georgia Tech went on to win the championship. ...got 11 of its 17 runs from the top four hitters in the lineup. ...junior shortstop Derek Dietrich scored four runs without getting a base hit. ...has three players drive in multiple runs. ...won its 14th game of the season by 10 runs or more. ...has scored 15 or more runs 11 times in 2010.
NC State (37-21, 15-15 ACC) ... ...falls to 37-21 overall and 75-65 in the ACC championship. ...used seven different pitchers, including junior righthander Jake Buchanan, who started the game last night. ...committed a tournament-high-tying four errors. ...left seven runners on base. ...sophomore first baseman Harold Riggins and sophomore catcher Pratt Maynard hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning. ...snapped a five-game winning streak.