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    March 18, 2012
    Tech loses series to Yellow Jackets
    Alex Perez drives in lone Hokie run in 9-1 setback
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    ATLANTA, Ga. – Georgia Tech used a pair of four-run innings to get itself going, then add insurance to its lead and claimed a 9-1 victory over Virginia Tech in the final game of the three-game ACC series on Sunday at Russ Chandler Stadium.

    With the win, Georgia Tech took the series and improved to 14-6 overall, 3-3 in league play, while the Hokies fell to 15-6 and 2-4 in the ACC.

    The Yellow Jackets wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, plating four runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to three straight singles – the third by Zane Evans brought home the first run – and a three-run home run by Daniel Palka.

    The Hokies answered back with a single run in the second inning with back-to-back singles by Chad Pinder and Andrew Rash, which was followed by an RBI double from Alex Perez cutting their deficit to 4-1.

    Kyle Wren pushed the Georgia Tech lead back to four with a solo home run in the fourth and the Yellow Jackets doubled their lead with four in the seventh to take a 9-1 lead.

    Luke Bard won his first game of the year for the Yellow Jackets, while Marc Zecchino took the loss and dropped to 2-2 this season.

    Tech will take a day off before returning to action with a five-game homestand at English Field. The Hokies welcome Cornell for two games – Tuesday and Wednesday, both start at 5:30 p.m. – before playing their first ACC home series of the year against Duke next weekend.

    Stay tuned for more details, but during this upcoming weekend series with the Blue Devils, the Hokies will be participating in Micah’s Backpack as part of the team’s 19 Ways initiative. Fans will be encouraged to bring nonperishable foods to the games for donation.

    For updates on Virginia Tech baseball, follow the Hokies on Twitter (@VT_Baseball).

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