No. 6 Yellow Jackets Too Much for Bears
No. 6 GEORGIA TECH 20, MISSOURI STATE 3
ATLANTA, Ga. - Sixth-ranked Georgia Tech used a nine-run outburst in the fourth inning to build a 15-2 lead and seal a 20-3 win over the Missouri State baseball Bears Saturday at Russ Chandler Stadium in Atlanta.
While the Bears (0-2) threatened in the first before grounding into a double play to end the frame, Georgia Tech was able to capitalize on a Jay Dantzler walk after an 0-2 count with Tony Plagman belting his first of two homers in the game to give the Yellow Jackets a 2-0 lead.
Missouri State broke into the scoring column in the second, beginning with Tyler Ryun's one-out single to center. Ryun moved to second when pitcher Brandon Cumpton threw a pickoff attempt in the dirt at first and scored on the next pitch when Tyler Paxson lined a ball into the right field corner for an RBI double in his first MSU at bat.
GT answered in the bottom of the second as Jeff Rowland battled from an 0-2 count with two out to hit a two-run triple to left before scoring on a wild pitch for a 5-1 advantage.
Travis McComack led off the MSU third with a double and Aaron Conway singled to extend his hitting streak to 16 games and give the Bears runners on the corners with no out for Kevin Medrano, who poked an RBI single through the left side to score McComack. A double play and a ground out kept the score at 5-2 as the Bears left a runner in scoring position for a third consecutive inning.
Plagman hit a solo homer to lead off the third and lined an RBI single in the fourth to begin a GT rally where the Yellow Jackets scored nine runs and put nine consecutive hitters on safely with two out to pull ahead 15-2.
The two-out runs continued for GT in the fifth with Chase Burnette slugging a three-run homer for an 18-2 lead. The Jackets loaded the bases with no out in the sixth and added two more runs, and MSU freshman Barrett Noirfalise drove in fellow rookie Beau Stoker with a pinch-hit single in the ninth in his first career at bat to account for the final score.
Sophomore Mike Kickham took the loss for the Bears after three innings of work in the start, while Cumpton scattered seven hits in five innings for the win.
The series concludes Sunday at noon Central.
Other Scores from Around the Valley:
Creighton 3, Central Arkansas 2
Creighton 22, SIU-Edwardsville 0
Indiana State 17, Texas Southern 6
Indiana State 8, Texas Southern 4
Belmont 7, Evansville 6
Belmont 13, Evansville 12
Arkansas State 5, Southern Illinois 3
Iowa 19, Illinois State 11