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Burnette homers again in Georgia Tech's win
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Mark Pope gave up four hits over eight innings to lead second-ranked Georgia Tech over Kennesaw State, 8-2, Tuesday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Chase Burnette, a Buford High graduate, hit his tenth home run of the season for the Yellow Jackets (26-3, 11-1 ACC).

The blast was a two-run shot to right-center. Burnette has homered in three of the last four Yellow Jacket games.

The eight-inning performance was a career high for Pope, who improved his season record to 4-0 with the win. The sophomore struck out six batters while giving up only two runs.

“Mark threw the ball well tonight,” said coach Danny Hall. “I thought he was in total command for eight strong innings, and he kept them totally off balance.”

Junior Derek Dietrick had three hits for the third consecutive game to lead Tech at the place. Senior Tony Plagman had two hits and two RBIs while Matt Skole added two hits of his own, including his 10th home run of the season.

“ (Kennesaw State) threw the same pitcher (as they did last Wednesday) and he did a great job against us (at Kennesaw). I thought we’d have better approaches and be ready for him tonight, and I think we were,” Hall said.

Drew Fowlkes hit a home run for Kennesaw State (13-18).

Pope held the Owls to just one hit in his final four innings before giving way to freshman Buck Farmer in the ninth.

Farmer struck out the side to end the game for Georgia Tech, which begins a three-game series against No.3 Virginia at 7 p.m. Friday in Charlottesville, Va.
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