Feb. 21, 2004
ATLANTA, GA. - On Saturday, Feb. 21st at Chandler Stadium in Atlanta, the Villanova baseball team was defeated by the No. 5 ranked George Tech Yellow Jackets by the score of 19-1. The loss was the second straight for the Wildcats, dropping their record to 3-2 on the year. Tech stayed perfect on the season at 5-0 with Saturday afternoon's victory.
In the top of the second inning, senior first baseman Adrian Schau got things started for Villanova with a leadoff double down the left-field line. After two consecutive strikeouts by Yellow Jacket hurler Brian Burks, junior catcher Kelly Pickel came to the plate for the `Cats and lined a 3-2 pitch up the middle to score Schau with the game's first run. Pickel's hit and RBI, the first of his Villanova career, gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. He transferred to Villanova University from Young Harris College in Georgia following the 2003 season.
Wildcat starter Jake Wolff ran into some trouble in the bottom of the second inning. With a runner on first base and one out, Tech rightfielder Jeremy Slayden singled hard off the shoulder of Schau at first base moving leftfielder Clifton Remole over to third. Wolff then walked third baseman Wes Hodges to load the bases. A passed ball on a 2-0 count to Georgia Tech catcher Andy Hawranick allowed Remole to scored the tying run. Following a Hawranick walked, second baseman Eric Patterson earned a base on balls forcing home Slayden with the go-ahead run to give the Yellow Jackets a 2-1 lead. Wolff gave way to right-handed reliever Joe McCoy, who walked the first batter he faced allowing yet another runner to cross home plate and increase the Yellow Jacket lead to 3-1. McMoy buckled down and got shortstop Tyler Greene to ground into an inning ending 4-6-3 double play, ending any further damage.
Georgia Tech added to its lead in the bottom of the third inning against McCoy and the `Cats. The Yellow Jackets scored their first run of the inning on an RBI single by Slayden to take a 4-1 advantage. Later in the frame Hawranick hammered a three-run home run over the wall in left field to make it a 7-1 ballgame.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Tech blasted its second home run in as many innings off McCoy. Greene hit his fist home run of the season, a two-run shot to right, increasing the Georgia Tech lead to 9-1.
The Yellow Jackets added three more runs in the fifth inning to up their advantage to a commanding 12-1. Hawranick recorded an RBI single in the inning, while designated hitter Micah Owings posted a two-run single.
Before all was said and done, Georgia Tech would add three more runs in the sixth and four in the eighth to go on to a 19-1 victory.
Wolff took the loss for the Wildcats to fall to 1-1. He allowed three runs on two hits and four walks in one and one-third innings.
Brian Burks got the win for Tech to improve to 1-0. He allowed one run on five hits in five innings, striking out eight and walking two.
At the plate for Villanova, Pickel went one-for-two with an RBI. Six other `Cats had one hit apiece, including Darren Griffith who tallied his first hit of the season.
For the Yellow Jackets, Slayden was 4-for-6 with a double and three RBI, while Hawranick was 3-for-4 with a double, home run and four RBI.
The two teams will wind down the series on Sunday, Feb. 22, playing a single game at 1:00 p.m.