NASHVILLE (June 1, 2013) – Georgia Tech scored a run in three of the first five innings and senior right-hander Buck Farmer tossed six scoreless frames as the Yellow Jackets eliminated the ETSU baseball team from the Nashville Regional by handing the Bucs a 5-1 loss on Saturday afternoon from Vanderbilt’s Hawkins Field.
The Yellow Jackets scored a run in the first two innings, which was all the support Farmer and Jonathan Roberts needed to move Georgia Tech into Sunday’s round of the regional.
Farmer, the active NCAA leader in strikeouts, improved to 9-4 after holding the Blue and Gold to two hits while striking out eight in his outing. Following the eight strikeout game, Farmer moved his career total to 385 punch outs, while Roberts tossed the final three innings after a 1-hour, 48-minute rain delay to earn his second save of the season. Roberts allowed the one run on one hit and struck out four hitters.
Senior righty Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) suffered his first loss since March 16 and ended the season with an astounding 13-2 record. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native was charged with five runs (four earned) on 10 hits, while walking a career-high four hitters and struck out three in seven innings of work. The Louisville Slugger First Team All-American wrapped up an outstanding career as he set the ETSU single-season records for complete games (12) and innings pitched (147.0), while tying the single-season and all-time shutout record with four. Doane, the Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year and Tournament Most Valuable Player, also tied the single-season program record in wins and his 2.14 ERA (35 ER/147.0 IP) and .867 winning percentage ranks second in the Buccaneer single-season record book. Doane’s ERA is the lowest since Dallas Rinehart registered a 2.81 mark in 1992.
As a team, the Bucs made their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 1981 en route to finishing the year with a record of 36-24. The 36 wins are tied for the third-most in program history, while the Blue and Gold set top-five marks in team ERA (4.13, 3rd), saves (9, T-5th) and stolen bases (88, 5th).
The Yellow Jackets grabbed all the momentum early as Georgia Tech scored a run in the first and an unearned run crossed the plate in the second to jump out to a 2-0 lead. In the first, Sam Dove and Daniel Palka recorded one-out singles, and Dove scored on Zane Evans’ sac-fly to deep center, while Georgia Tech took advantage of a fielding error by Alex Reynolds (Johnson City, Tenn.) to extend its lead to, 2-0 in the second inning. Mott Hyde reached on the error to lead off the inning – and after Daniel Spingola reached on a fielder’s choice – he later scored on Kyle Wren’s double to right-center.
From there, Doane kept the Yellow Jackets off the board until the fifth inning when Evans ripped a one-out single up the middle and scored on Brandon Thomas’ double to the gap in right-center, making it a 3-0 score. Evans just beat the relay throw from Derek Niesman (Wellington, Fla.) at the plate as his left-hand touched the dish before the tag by Mason Hershey (Altoona, Pa.) was applied. Georgia Tech eventually loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, but Doane did a tremendous job working out of the jam to keep ETSU’s deficit at three.
Unfortunately, the Yellow Jackets picked up an RBI single by Hyde and a sac-fly from Spingola in the seventh to push their lead to, 5-0.
The Bucs could never get to Farmer as he struck out eight of the 20 Buccaneer batters he faced before the weather delay ended his outing in the bottom of the seventh. The senior right-hander struck out five of the first seven ETSU hitters to start the game, while Chris Riopedre (Miami, Fla.) and Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) were the only Buccaneers to register a hit off Farmer. Riopedre recorded a one-out single in the third and Freeman posted a two-out single an inning later.
ETSU tried to make things interesting in the ninth as Dylan Tritsch (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) reached to start the frame, but Tritsch was the lone Buccaneer to cross the plate as he scored on Kevin Phillips’ (St. Louis, Mo.) one-out sac-fly to right.
The top eight Georgia Tech batters generated a hit, while Dove, Thomas, and Hyde ended with two-hit efforts.
The Yellow Jackets now take on the loser between Illinois and host Vanderbilt on Sunday in another elimination game.
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