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May 9, 2003

Box Score

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia baseball team was shutout for the first time at home this season after the #17 ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets posted a 7-0 victory in game one of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium. The Yellow Jackets rode the strong pitching of Micah Owings and pounded out 15 hits behind multiple-hit games from six different players to take a 1-0 lead in the weekend series.

Georgia Tech wasted no time establishing a lead and scored the first run of the contest in the top of the second inning when Mike Nickeas connected on a solo home run to left field to make it 1-0. Nickeas’ home run, his seventh of the year, eventually turned out to be the game-winning play.

The Yellow Jackets extended their lead to 4-0 in the top of the third inning when the first three GT batters that stepped to the plate posted a single before scoring a run. Georgia Tech’s trio of Matt Murton, Clifton Remole and Nickeas connected on consecutive singles to reach base before crossing the plate later in the inning. Murton and Remole each scored a run on RBI-singles by Nikeas and Owings respectively, before Nikeas eventually came around to score a run himself on a sacrifice fly RBI by Jake Hall to give the Yellow Jackets a four-run lead.

GT tacked on three more insurance runs in the fifth inning and increased its lead to 7-0. The Yellow Jackets’ Eric Patterson drove in the first run of the inning when he connected on a RBI-single to drive in Owings to make the score 5-0. Georgia Tech then scored two more runs when Tyler Greene singled up the middle to drive in Steven Blackwood before Patterson scored from first base on the same play after a Cavalier error in center field allowed him to cross the plate.

UVa’s starting pitcher Andrew Dobies (6-2) lost for only the second time this season after going 3.0 innings on the mound. Dobies allowed four runs on seven hits and struck out three batters in the loss.

Georgia Tech starting pitcher Micah Owings (7-2) picked up the win after tossing 7.0 scoreless innings. Owings scattered five hits and walked just one batter while striking out a season-high nine batters.

With the loss, Virginia’s record falls to 26-19 overall, 9-9 in the ACC. The win improves Georgia Tech’s record to 35-13 overall, 13-6 in the conference.

The Cavaliers and Yellow Jackets will return to action on Saturday, May 10th when Virginia and Georgia Tech play the second contest of the three-game ACC series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium.

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