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Wesleyan's Plagman comes up 'huge' in 10-1 victory over GAC

NORCROSS - Most people are familiar with Tony Plagman because of what he does at the plate.

Now, observers are going to have start paying attention because of what he does on the mound as well.

The Wesleyan senior star, who has committed to Georgia Tech, pitched a complete game on Monday at Greater Atlanta Christian, scattering seven hits and allowing just one run in a 10-1 region victory over the host Spartans.

Plagman, who already holds numerous school hitting records, kept the Spartans (9-4, 5-2 in Region 8-AA) off-balance all game from the mound with a steady diet of curveballs and change-ups.

"He was huge," Wesleyan head coach Mike Shaheen said. "He doesn't blow you away, but his changeup was outstanding today.

"He's starting to get a lot of looks as a pitcher now ... Georgia Tech might want to use him as a pitcher, too."

At the moment, the Yellow Jackets are more interested in his bat - and that didn't disappoint either on Monday as Plagman finished 3-for-4 on the afternoon.

The Wolves (11-4, 5-2) pounded out 13 hits on the day, including nine off GAC starting pitcher Taylor Wood, who allowed three earned runs in 51⁄3 innings pitched.

It was a refreshing sight for Shaheen to see his team swinging the bat well again, after the Wolves suffered through a recent offensive lull.

"All the sudden we didn't have any self esteem," the head coach said. "It was like the kid that gets shot down by the girl at school when he asks her out on a date. So from that point on, he never wants to ask another girl out on a date.

"So maybe this will give us the confidence we need."

For three innings, it looked like it was going to be a pitchers' dual.

But in the top of the fourth, Wesleyan strung together four straight hits and scored two runs on RBI doubles from Grayson Garvin and Chris Jensen. The Wolves scored two more in the fifth, one in the sixth and then put the game completely out of reach in the seventh with five more runs.

Jensen finished with three hits, Kevin Ruiz added two hits and Garvin, Connor Wynn, James Ramsey, Adam Johnson and Kyle Edwards each added hits as well for the Wolves, who moved into a tie for second place in 8-AA with the critical win.

"We needed this game," Shaheen said. "If we lost this game, we were out of a shot for the region title. Period. This win puts us back in the ball game."

GAC, which committed four errors on the day, scored its lone run in the bottom of the seventh when Colton Chapple laced an RBI single to centerfield. Chapple was the only Spartan with more than one hit.