May 24, 2003


CBI Live
Slayden, Yellow Jackets manhandle Blue Devils
Tech pounds out 23 runs and 25 hits in win

By Sean Ryan Co-Founder

SALEM, Va. – Nine, three, one, zero, zero, five, five, zero – 23, 25, three.


That linescore pretty much summed up the story as Georgia Tech coasted to a 23-4 win over Duke Saturday in an elimination game at the ACC Tournament at Memorial Stadium. Jeremy Slayden went 6 for 6 – tying the Yellow Jackets’ school record for hits in a game and setting the league tournament mark – with four runs and four RBI for Tech. The Yellow Jackets (41-16) advanced to meet North Carolina, and the Blue Devils end their season at 18-36.


“It’s the kind of day you like to have,” Tech skipper Danny Hall said.


Tech started the cakewalk in the first inning, roughing up Duke starter Kevin Thompson in a nine-run frame. Steven Blackwood hit a two-run homer the second batter of the game, and Slayden stroked a three-run bomb for a 5-0 lead. Eric Patterson, Blackwood and Clifton Remole added RBI singles in the first, giving starter Aaron Walker a 9-0 lead with which to work.


“After six hitters, we were in trouble,” Blue Devils coach Bill Hillier said. “I feel bad for Kevin Thompson. He’s had a very tough career; he’s so much better than that.”


Thompson was charged with five runs (four earned) and three hits in one-third of an inning. Zach Schreiber followed with two-thirds of an inning with six hits, seven runs (three earned) as Tech never let off the gas.


The Yellow Jackets had three homers (Slayden, Blackwood and Tyler Greene) among their nine extra-base hits. Slayden and Clifton Remole (4 for 5, two runs, four RBI) each had two doubles.


“I came to the park ready to play,” said Slayden, adding that he began focusing on having a good day after Friday night’s loss to North Carolina State. “I was seeing the ball real well.”


Tech’s Walker tossed a career-best nine innings and struck out a career-high six batters. He allowed 11 hits and saved the Yellow Jackets from having to burn any more arms.


“I didn’t want to waste the bullpen,” said Walker, who improved to 3-2.


Every Tech starter had at least one hit, contributing to a total of 25 for the day. Andy Hawranick had three hits, and Eric Patterson, Blackwood, Micah Owings and Jake Hall each added two hits.


Adam Murray went 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Blue Devils, who eliminated Clemson to get to this point in the tournament.