ATLANTA, Ga. (March 7, 2010) – No. 4 Georgia Tech earned a 9-4 victory over the Rutgers baseball team Sunday afternoon in front of 1,321 fans at Russ Chandler Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. With the victory, the Yellow Jackets (10-1) completed the series sweep of the Scarlet Knights (1-8).
Three extra-base hits, including a home run off the bat of Matt Skole staked Georgia Tech out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning.
RU threatened in the third with a one-out double from Brandon Boykin (Teaneck, N.J.), who later moved over to third with two outs, but the Scarlet Knight was stranded 90-feet short of home after an inning-ending fly out center field.
The Yellow Jackets doubled their advantage with four runs in the bottom half of the third inning, highlighted by a three-run home run from Chase Burnette to give GT an 8-0 advantage.
Georgia Tech added a run in the sixth to build its lead to 9-0.
Junior Pat Biserta (Pt. Pleasant, N.J.) drew a leadoff walk in the ninth and moved to third on a pinch-hit single from freshman Bill Horemann (Toms River, N.J.). On the next play, a ball-four pitch to Justin Olsen (Westfield, N.J.) was wild allowing Biserta to come home for the Scarlet Knights’ first run of the game. Sophomore Ryan Kapp (Toms River, N.J.) followed with a three-run home run over the left-field fence to cut the deficit to 9-4 off newly-inserted reliever Kevin Jacob. That was as close as RU would come, however, as Jacob rebounded with a strikeout and a game-ending groundout to prevent any further damage and secure the win.
Georgia Tech’s Jed Bradley (2-1) struck out nine and allowed just four hits in six shutout innings to pick up the win. He retired seven of the first eight batters of the contest. Rutgers’ Willie Beard (Spotswood, N.J.) (0-1) worked three innings and allowed eight runs on eight hits with a strikeout in the loss.
Rutgers relievers Kevin Lillis (Fair Haven, N.J.) and Tyler Gebler (Toms River, N.J.) worked scoreless seventh and eighth frames, respectively, with a strikeout apiece. Freshman Dan O’Neill (Garfield, N.J.) came in for Beard to open the fourth and pitched three innings of one-run ball.
Freshman Steve Nyisztor (Toms River, N.J.) collected two of the Scarlet Knights’ six hits in the contest.
Rutgers returns north where the Scarlet Knights will face NJIT in the 2010 home opener Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Bainton Field.