April 29, 2001
ATLANTA — Freshman Kyle Bakker tossed six strong innings and senior Bryan Prince added four hits to lead 10th-ranked Georgia Tech (33-14, 12-9 ACC) to a 12-2 victory over No. 8 Florida State (35-14, 15-3) on Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. The victory gave the Yellow Jackets a 2-1 victory in the three-game series, marking Tech first series win over the Seminoles since 1995.
Bakker moved to 4-0 in four starts since joining the starting rotation two weeks ago. The 6-9 southpaw held the Seminoles to just one unearned run on five hits in six innings of work while registering six strikeouts. Kevin Cameron earned his second save of the season by tossing three innings to close out the game.
FSU starter Trent Peterson (4-1), one of six Seminole pitchers in the game, took the loss after allowing three runs in four innings.
After Florida State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on two Tech errors, the Yellow Jackets scored two runs in the bottom of the third inning. The Yellow Jackets stretched the lead to 5-1 with three more runs in the fifth inning highlighted by a two-run, two-out single from Derik Goffena.
Tech put the game away with six runs in the seventh inning, making the score 11-1. Tech sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning, highlighted by RBI singles from Goffena and Prince. The Yellow Jackets were aided by two FSU errors and a bases loaded walk to Matthew Boggs.
A sacrifice fly from Karl Jernigan made the score 11-2 in the top of the eighth inning, and a solo homer from Tech’s Jason Perry, his 10th of the year, provided the final 12-2 margin in the bottom of that inning.
Prince tied his season high with four hits, while Goffena added two hits and two RBI and Menocal drove in three runs in the victory. Nick Rogers had two hits for the Seminoles.
Georgia Tech will take a week off for final exams before hosting Charleston Southern next Friday at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WREK-Radio (91.1 FM in Atlanta) and on the internet at www.ramblinwreck.com. Florida State will travel to Maryland for a three game ACC series beginning on Friday at 7 p.m. in College Park.