Saturday, May 21, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- No. 8 Georgia Tech (39-17, 22-8 ACC) used a three-run fourth inning to back seven strong innings from sophomore pitcher Buck Farmer for a 5-3 win over Virginia Tech (30-25, 11-19 ACC) Saturday in the regular season finale at English Field. The Yellow Jackets earned a share of the ACC regular season title with No. 1 Virginia.
Tech's 22 conference wins also tie a school record, previously set by the 2005 team. With 17 freshmen on the roster, the 2011 team is the youngest in head coach Danny Hall's 18 seasons.
"I think that says a lot about our team," Hall said. "These guys didn't let the fact that they are freshmen get in the way, and they played hard all year and I am proud of them. We had a great regular season and that's saying a lot that we tied the school record (for conference wins in the regular season)."
Farmer (10-2) won his third straight game after scattering three runs on eight hits over seven innings. He recorded his eighth win in conference play, the most by any player in the ACC.
Juniors Jacob Esch and Matt Skole paced the team at the plate with two hits apiece. Esch scored three of the team's five runs, and belted his sixth homer of the season.
Sophomore Luke Bard tossed the final two innings in relief of Farmer, allowing just hit while striking out five. Bard struck out the side in the eighth before fanning pinch-hitter Chad Pinder in the ninth to end the game. He recorded his eighth save of the season.
Vanderbilt 17, Georgia 7
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt won a share of the Southeastern Conference championship with a 17-7 win over Georgia in Athens on Saturday.
The Commodores will open SEC tournament play on Wednesday with seeding yet to be determined. The Commodores can be the third or fourth seed in the tournament depending on the outcome of the Florida-Kentucky game. This is the team's first time to win a piece of the championship since 2007.
Vanderbilt was leading going into the sixth inning, when the Bulldogs scored four runs and then had back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning. Vanderbilt then scored five runs on five hits in the eighth and piled on six more runs in the ninth to finish the win.