Boggs, Goodman help
Tech tame UNC
Yellow Jackets still two wins from
By Sean Ryan
SALEM, Va. – Brandon Boggs began
the season as Georgia Tech’s starting center fielder.
Boggs, a switch-hitting speedster
from Atlanta suburb Marietta, batted .305 last year as a freshman, but has
struggled to the point of losing his starting job to Steven Blackwood.
Sunday, Boggs got a little bit of
redemption, lacing a key two-run triple in a six-run sixth inning to help the
Yellow Jackets to a 10-6 win over North Carolina in an elimination game of the
ACC Tournament at Memorial Stadium. Georgia Tech (42-16) advanced to face
Florida State, with the winner of that game moving on to meet North Carolina
State in the tournament final. The Tar Heels (39-21) await their destination for
the NCAA Tournament.
“I’m just in a little slump, so I
haven’t been in the games as much,” said Boggs, who’s hitting .255. “But I got
in there today, and I did as hard as I could. And I got a pretty big hit in a
Tech found itself in a 5-0 hole
after UNC scored four times off Chris Goodman (9-3) in the third inning. Greg
Mangum (2 for 4, two runs) started the inning with a single, and Chad Prosser (2
for 4) reached when his sacrifice bunt was booted by Micah Owings at third.
Jeremy Cleveland then ripped a two-run double, and Sean Farrell (2 for 4, two
RBI) had an RBI single to highlight the inning.
“That inning, they just hit the
ball well,” said Goodman, a shortstop who converted to a pitcher last year. “I
was hitting spots, they were just getting swings on them.”
But the second time through the
Yellow Jackets’ lineup was not easy for Scott Manshack. Trailing 5-1, Matt
Murton, Clifton Remole and Mike Nickeas started the inning with singles for one
run, and Jeremy Slayden ripped an RBI double to make 5-3. Bo Dickerson (0-1)
relieved with the bases still loaded, and got Tyler Greene to bounce into a
run-scoring double play and struck out Boggs to keep UNC in the lead.
Boggs wouldn’t miss his next
After Greene made it 5-all on a
bases-loaded sacrifice fly, Boggs ripped reliever Jonathan Hovis’ offering down
the right-field line for a two-run triple. Blackwood (2 for 3) later doubled in
two more runs as Tech took over.
Meanwhile, Goodman settled down
After the four-run third, he
silenced the Tar Heels until he left after the eighth, allowing seven hits and
three earned runs and striking out five.
“That’s to his credit,” Jackets
coach Danny Hall said. “He had that tough inning when he gave up four runs.
After that, it was all zeroes. And we were trying to get as many innings as
possible. He really settled in and did a great job.”
That was quite important, as the
Yellow Jackets still need two wins on Sunday to capture the ACC tournament
“I felt like last night, even
though I knew we had the prospect of playing three games that we still had
enough pitching to win the tournament,” Hall said. “I still feel that way.”