Feb. 26, 2011
ATLANTA - Sophomore Kyle Hansen racked up seven strikeouts in 4.0 innings of work, but No. 21 Georgia Tech defeated No. 23 St. John's, 5-0. Frankie Schwindel and Joe Witkowski had one hit apiece, while Matt Wessinger had a pair of walks to pace St. John's (2-3). Hansen (0-1) was saddled with the loss after allowing two runs, one earned, on five singles. Jed Bradley (1-0) tossed 7.0 scoreless innings of no-hit ball and had 10 strikeouts to lead Georgia Tech (5-2), while Matt Skole was 4-for-4 with an RBI.
Bradley quickly retired St. John's in the top of the first inning by striking out the side in order, but Hansen responded by racking up four strikeouts in the bottom of the frame. After striking out the first two batters, Hansen allowed a two-out single to Skole. Daniel Palka then swung and missed for the third strikeout, but reached first on a wild pitch before Hansen notched his fourth strikeout to end the inning.
Hansen added two more strikeouts in the second inning, but Georgia Tech took a 1-0 lead in the third. Jacob Esch walked to lead off the frame and advanced to third base on a Skole single before Palka put the Yellow Jackets on the board with an RBI infield single. Hansen responded, however, racking up his seventh strikeout and inducing a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.
The Yellow Jackets added an unearned run in the fourth inning to go up 2-0. Mott Hyde hustled to reach second base on an error with one out before Kyle Wren extended the lead with an RBI single.
Following consecutive walks in the second inning, Bradley retired 13-straight batters before issuing a two-out walk to Wessinger in the sixth.
After tossing 2.0 scoreless innings, Stephen Rivera allowed a lead off single to Wren that opened up a three-run seventh for Georgia Tech. After advancing to second on a balk, Wren moved to third on a fly out and Rivera was lifted in favor of Kevin Kilpatrick. Skole promptly put the Yellow Jackets up 3-0 with an RBI double, his fourth hit of the game. After Kilpatrick induced a ground out, the reliever walked Zane Evans before Thomas cleared the bases with a two-run double.
Bradley was lifted in favor of Dusty Isaacs in the eighth and Schwindel promptly greeted the reliever with a single, the Red Storm's first hit of the game. Witkowski followed with a two-out bloop single to give St. John's runners on first and second with one out, but Schwindel was picked off of second base before a fly out ended the inning.
Wessinger drew a lead off walk in the ninth as St. John's looked to plate its first run of the game, but was erased on a double play. Jeremy Baltz then drew a two-out walk before DeAndre Smelter induced a groundout to end the game.
St. John's concludes its three-game set at Georgia Tech with a 1 p.m. game on Feb. 27.