ACC: Tar Heel Pen Melts Down

By Glenn Tanner - May 23, 2007

Georgia Tech has rallied against the North Carolina bullpen to take the lead. After seven innings, the Jackets lead 6-3.

Long, lean lefty David Duncan has only struck out one for Tech, but he has also allowed only five hits and two earned runs in seven innings.

Trailing 3-1in the fifth, Tech got a run back and got UNC starter Adam Warren out of the game. After getting the first out, Warren walked two in a row. Matt Danford relieved and immediately gave up a run-scoring single to Matt Weiters, but then induced a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning.

Danford worked the sixth inning also, but was replaced by Rob Wooten to begin the seventh, and the bullpen completely melted down.

Wooten's day went really poorly, as he walked #9 hitter Chris House, allowed a single to Danny Payne, and walked Michael Fisher. Tim Federowicz was summoned from the pen to face the bases-loaded, none-out quagmire. And oh, by the way, Matt Weiters was due up. Weiters got ahead in the count 3-0 before lining a 3-2 fastball to center for a game-tying sac fly. Wally Crancer followed with a line drive single to center to give Tech their first lead of the day, and an out later Patrick Long bounced one up the middle to make it 5-3. Mike Fox decided to do his Tony LaRussa impression and summoned LOOGY Rob Catapano. Catapano, however, forgot about the OOGY part of his job and plunked Tony Plagman to load the bases. Tyler Trice came in from the pen and walked in a run before finally getting an inning-ending grounder.

Ten batters, fifty-five pitches, four runs, three hits, three walks, and a hit batter in the nightmare inning for the Heels. Nine walks and only one strikeout for the UNC staff on the day.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 03:47 PM on May 23, 2007

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