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March 6, 1998

ATLANTA — Chuck Crowder won his fourth straight decision with a complete-game six-hitter, and Brad Stockton homered to lead 18th-ranked Georgia Tech over Virginia, 5-3, Friday in the first ACC game for both teams.

Crowder (5-1) surrendered a first-inning three-run homer to Ryan Gilleland but stymied the Cavaliers (10-2) on three hits the rest of the way. The junior lefthander struck out 10 batters in recording the first complete game by a Tech pitcher this season.

Tech (11-5) scratched back for a run in its half of the first when Jay Hood tripled and scored on a ground out. The Jackets took the lead in the sixth with three runs against Virginia starter Casey Kennedy (3-1). Scott Prather singled and scored on a sacrifice fly, and Stockton launched his second homer of the season with a man aboard to give Tech a 4-3 lead.

Prather doubled home an insurance run for the Jackets in the seventh.

Kennedy struck out four and did not issue a walk, but gave up 11 hits in seven innings. The home run by Gilleland was his second of the season.

The teams continue their three-game series at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

GEORGIA TECH 5, VIRGINIA 3Virginia     (10-2, 0-1) 300 000 000 -- 3 6 1Georgia Tech (11-5, 1-0) 100 003 10x -- 5 11 0Casey Kennedy, Kevin Shrout (8) and Josh Bowling.Chuck Crowder and Eric McQueen.W--Crowder (5-1).L--Kennedy (3-1).HR--Ryan Gilleland (V), Brad Stockton (GT).T--1:59.A--353.
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