ACC: Wild Things
By Glenn Tanner - May 23, 2007
Georgia Tech took advantage of North Carolina's bullpen wildness to win game two of the ACC Tournament 8-4.
Leading 6-3, Tech put it away in the ninth. Patrick Long led off with his third hit of the day, and Tony Plagman followed with a double. The Heels went to the pen again, and B.J. Dale walked the first hitter he faced to load the bases with none out. With the infield in, #9 hitter Chris House bounced his second hit of the day up the middle to make it 8-3.
Walks were the theme of the day, as Tech hitters drew 11 of them (against only one strikeout). Danny Payne drew his 59th and 60th free passes of the day from the leadoff slot, and #2 hitter Michael Fisher walked three times. Matt Weiters and Wally Cranker followed them in the order with a pair of hits each, and Patrick Long contributed three hits (and a walk of course). The Jackets also totaled 11 hits.
Believe it or not, 11 walks isn't even close to the ACC Tournament record -- NC State allowed 15 walks in a 1995 game.
After struggling early, Tech pitcher David Duncan dominated. He went eight innings and allowed five hits and two earned runs, but UNC managed only one hit off him after the fourth inning.
Chad Flack and Tim Fedroff had two hits each for the Heels.
Next up, Miami-Clemson at about 5:20.
Posted by Glenn Tanner at 04:33 PM on May 23, 2007