Wieters powers Georgia Tech by Hokies
No. 21 Yellow Jackets even weekend series at 1-1
March 10, 2007

ATLANTA, Ga. - Catcher Matt Wieters collected four hits and drove in six runs to spark No. 21 Georgia Tech to a 19-4 Atlantic Coast Conference win over Virginia Tech on Saturday at Chandler Stadium.

The Yellow Jackets evened the series with the win, improving their overall record to 9-7 and their ACC mark to 1-1. The Hokies are now 9-6 on the season and 1-1 in league play. The two teams are scheduled to play the rubber game of the three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Georgia Tech took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning during Saturday's contest. Lead-off batter Danny Payne drew a walk and scored all the way from first on a double down the left field line by Wieters.

The teams exchanged solo home runs in the second inning. Virginia Tech right fielder Jose Cueto (Miami, Fla.) smacked his homer off the left field foul pole with one out in the top of the frame. Yellow Jacket right fielder Curtis Dupart then answered with a shot to left to lead off the bottom of the inning

The Hokies tied the game again in the top of the fourth when first baseman Sean O'Brien (Chappaqua, N.Y.) singled and moved to third on a two-base Yellow Jacket fielding error on the play. O'Brien came home as shortstop Warren Schaeffer (Vandergrift, Pa.) grounded out to second base.

Virginia Tech took the lead briefly during the fifth inning. Center fielder Nate Parks (Roanoke, Va.) opened the inning with a ground-rule double. Parks moved to second on a single by designated hitter Adam Redd (Dumfries, Va.). After Redd stole second base, both runners came home on a single by third baseman Bryan Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) that put the Hokies on top 4-2.

The Yellow Jackets used a pair of home runs to take the lead for good in the bottom of the inning. A one-out solo homer by third baseman Brad Feltes pulled the Jackets within a run and a two-run shot by Wieters with two outs put Georgia Tech on top 5-4.

Reliever Scott Stoehr (Timberville, Va.) took over for Virginia Tech starting pitcher Andrew Wells (Alexandria, Va.) in the bottom of the sixth and ran into trouble. With one out, the Yellow Jackets loaded the bases on a hit batsman, a single and a walk. Stoehr issued a run-producing walk to Feltes before being replaced by lefty Josh Canova (Vienna, Va.). Canova forced in another run with a walk, before shortstop Michael Fisher lifted a sacrifice fly to right. Wieters followed with a three-run homer. The Yellow Jackets also got a two-run homer from first baseman Luke Murton before Canova got the last out.

Georgia Tech closed out the scoring with six runs on five hits in the eighth inning. The Yellow Jackets had four doubles during that inning, including three in a row. The Jackets finished the game with 15 hits. Wieters finished with four hits and three runs scored in five at bats. He drove in six runs with a single, double and two home runs. Murton added four runs batted in.

The Hokies got three hits from Redd and two from freshman catcher Anthony Sosnoskie (Front Royal, Va.) on the way to a total of 10 hits. Wells (1-1) took the pitching loss.

Yellow Jacket reliever Jared Hyatt took over for starter John Goodman in the fifth inning and picked up the victory. Hyatt, who shut the Hokies out on three hits over the final four innings, improved to 2-0 with the win.