June 1, 2008
Feltes' two-run double in
eighth lifts Tech over Lipscomb
By Phil Stanton
ATHENS, Ga. – Brad Feltes is second on the
team with 62 RBI, and none were bigger than the two he picked up
Feltes had a two-run double with two outs in the
top of the eighth that snapped a 3-3 tie and led second-seeded
Georgia Tech to a 6-3 victory over No. 4 Lipscomb in the second
round of the Athens Regional at Foley Field.
The Bisons (33-29) face top-seeded Georgia on
Sunday at 2 p.m. in an elimination game. The Yellow Jackets
(41-19) meet the winner at 6 p.m. with a chance to capture the
"I thought it was a great ballgame." said Georgia
Tech head coach Danny Hall. "We were able to get some runs
early, felt like we were in pretty good shape. But their guy
really settled in, did a great job of mixing his pitches, really
doesn’t throw anything straight, everything moves. He can throw
any of his pitches when he wanted them. We hit some balls hard,
couldn’t find the hole. To their credit, they battled back, got
back in the game.
"I felt real good when Feltes came up to the
plate. There’s not a guy I’d rather see up there more than him
because I think he's a great clutch hitter and has been all
season. It was all good for the Yellow Jackets. I tip my cap to
Lipscomb. I thought they played extremely well."
The Jackets got a three-run homer from Jason
Haniger in the top of the second, his 10th of the
season and second of the regional.
The Bisons answered in the bottom of the frame as
Blake Bratcher drew a leadoff walk and scored on a groundout by
Branden Cadavid to make it 3-1.
Lipscomb evened it in the fifth as Jorge
Guitierrez and Allen Bolden had consecutive one-out singles and
both scored on a two-out double by Bratcher to make it 3-3.
The Bisons threatened to take the lead in the
seventh as Gutierrez ripped a leadoff double to left center.
Tech starter Deck McGuire struck out the next two batters to
complete his night’s work. Taylor Wood (3-0) came in from the
pen and struck out Bratcher looking to end the threat. McGuire
pitched 6.2 innings with six hits, three runs, three walks and
"They’re an aggressive team," McGuire said. "We
got to watch them play Georgia yesterday. My approach was to
still try to get ahead but not give them anything too good. At
times it worked, at times it didn’t. I credit my defense because
they made a couple really good plays in spots where I definitely
LU starter Brandon McClurg allowed back-to-back
hits to Luke Murton and Derek Dietrich with one out in the
eighth. He got Tony Plugman to line out to center and his night
was done. Kyle Tognazzini came on and Feltes lined a double to
right center to bring home both runners and give the Jackets a
5-3 advantage. McClurg (6-6) went 7.2 innings with eight hits,
five runs, one walk and six strikeouts.
"I was trying to take the first pitch," Feltes
said, "get a good look at the guy, how he was throwing, the
angle he was throwing at. After he threw strike one I knew I had
to get it going soon. I didn’t want to get too far behind in the
count. He threw me a pitch that I was able to hit in the gap."
Tech added an insurance run in the ninth on an
RBI single by Charlie Blackmon.
Lipscomb had its leadoff man on in each of the
final three innings, but could not get any of them home.
"They have a good team," said Lipscomb head coach
Jeff Forehand. "Our game plan again was we just want to be in
the game in the late innings and Brandon gave us a chance to do
that. He gave up that one bad pitch early, the guy hit a
three-run homer, but after that we settled down and got
ourselves back in the game. They got the big hit when they
Brad Rulon allowed one hit over the final 1.2
innings for the Jackets to record his seventh save.