No. 8 Georgia Tech Completes Sweep of Duke, 18-6

GoJackets Whit Robbins hit his 12th home run of the year on Sunday vs. Duke.
Whit Robbins hit his 12th home run of the year on Sunday vs. Duke.

May 14, 2006

Box Score

ATLANTA - Whit Robbins homered and drove in five runs to lead No. 8 Georgia Tech (39-13, 17-10 ACC) to an 18-6 win and three game sweep of visiting Duke (14-39, 6-24) on Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Georgia Tech extended its winning streak over Duke to 19 games dating to 2001.

The Yellow Jackets broke open a 6-6 game with a nine-run sixth inning.

Robbins went 3-for-5 with his team-leading 12th home run of the season. Mike Trapani, Matt Wieters, Steven Blackwood and Jeff Kindel added two RBI.

Tech outhit Duke, 18-8, as 11 different players had at least one hit in the game. Trapani, Wieters, Blackwood, Kindel and Wes Hodges each had two hits.

Brad Rulon (4-0) earned the win in relief, working 1.2 scoreless innings. Tech's bullpen of Rulon, Ryan Turner and Michael Hutts worked 5.2 innings and allowed just one run.

Andrew Wolcott (1-5) took the loss out of the Duke bullpen, allowing four runs in two innings.

The Blue Devils took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a RBI single from Nate Freiman and a RBI groundout from Javier Socorro.

The Yellow Jackets tied the game at 2-2 in the third inning. Mike Trapani and Michael Fisher had back-to-back doubles and Whit Robbins added a two-run single.



Duke scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 5-3 lead. Matt Williams had a RBI single, Jonathan Nicolla had a RBI double and Daniel Palmer drove in a run with squeeze bunt.

Tech answered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run single from Matt Wieters and a bases loaded walk to Trapani to tie the game at 5-5.

In the fifth inning, Luke Murton was hit by a pitch and scored on Trapani's two-out RBI double to give the Yellow Jackets a 6-5 lead.

The Blue Devils tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the sixth inning when Matt Williams singled and scored on a RBI single from Jimmy Gallagher.

Tech broke the game open with a nine-run sixth inning that made the score 15-6. The Yellow Jackets sent 13 batters to the plate and were aided by three Duke errors that led to seven unearned runs. Whit Robbins had a RBI triple and a sacrifice fly in the inning, Jeff Kindel had a two-run double and Steven Blackwood had a RBI single.

The Jackets added three runs in the eighth inning, including a two-run homer from Robbins and a RBI single from Jason Haniger, to provide the final 18-6 margin.

Neither starting pitcher figured in the decision. Tech's John Goodman and Duke's Jimmy Gallagher each allowed five runs in 3.1 innings.

Georgia Tech hosts Wofford on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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