ATLANTA (March 3, 2013) – No. 16 Georgia Tech sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning to put up six runs on the way to a 12-0 win against Rutgers baseball Sunday at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Yellow Jackets took all three games in the series.
Senior right-hander Nathaniel Roe (Plainfield, N.J.) was a bright spot for the Scarlet Knights out of the bullpen. He tossed four scoreless innings with three strikeouts in a long relief role. The veteran has allowed just one earned run in 7.2 innings in his first season off of Tommy John surgery.
Cole Pitts (3-0) earned the win for Georgia Tech (11-1) with five scoreless innings on the mound, while senior Charlie Law (Mainland, N.J.) (0-2) suffered the loss in his third start of the year.
In the first, Georgia Tech kept up its hot hitting with six runs on six hits to take a commanding early lead. Kyle Wren singled to start the rally, promptly stealing second and scoring on a single by Sam Dove. Law looked like he might get out the inning with limited damage by striking out the next two, but he hit A.J. Murray to put two on with two outs. Zane Evans, Matt Gonzalez and Mott Hyde then followed with three straight RBI singles to put GT up 5-0. Wren followed another hit by pitch for an RBI hit for the sixth run to cap the rally.
That was all the runs the Yellow Jackets would need as their pitching staff allowed only four hits to Rutgers in the game. RU’s best chance to score came in the ninth when sophomore John Brucker (Sparta, N.J.) collected his first career hit for the Scarlet Knights to leadoff and eventually moved up to third with one out after two walks. However, reliever Jonathan King buckled down to escape the jam unscathed, preserving the shutout.
Rutgers (2-7) will look to regroup next weekend in a three-game series at William & Mary. The two teams have not met since 2006.