Originally created 03/27/06

Georgia Tech nips North Carolina



ATLANTA - Pinch hitter Wall Crancer's RBI groundout drove in the go-ahead run in a two-run sixth-inning rally that carried Georgia Tech to a 3-2 victory over North Carolina on Sunday in the rubber game of their three game series.

Meanwhile, four Georgia Tech (20-4, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) combined on a seven hitter, with three relievers blanking the Tar Heels (20-5, 5-4) over the final 3 2/3 innings.

The winning rally started with a single by Whit Robbins and he advanced to third when Steve Blackwood doubled to center on a ball that Carolina's Seth Williams lost in the sun. Mike Trapani drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly before Crancer broke the 2-2 tie.

Carolina had taken a 2-0 lead on Benji's Johnson's solo homer in the third, his fourth of the year, and Tim Federowicz solo homer in the fourth, his fifth of the year. Both came on the first pitch in the inning.

Tech cut the lead to 2-1 in the fifth on Wes Hodges' sacrifice fly.

The victory when to Lee Hyde who retired all five batters he faced, fanning two, and Matt Wieners got the final five outs for his second save. Starter David Duncan left with one out in the sixth, having given up two runs while fanning five.

Robert Woodard (2-1) took the loss for the Tar Heels, his first setback since May, 2004. He allow three runs on six hits in six innings.