WAKE FOREST — Georgia Tech’s Deck McGuire held Wake Forest to two runs and Tony Plagman led the Yellow Jacket offense with five hits – all for extra bases - as No. 10 Georgia Tech (24-8-1, 10-5-1 ACC) handed Wake Forest (20-17, 6-13 ACC) a 13-2 loss Friday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
"When you win on Fridays in the ACC, it gives you a chance to do well the next two days, so this (win) is a big lift for our team," head coach Danny Hall said.
McGuire (6-0) earned his sixth win of the season by limiting Wake Forest to just four hits and two walks in his seven innings of work. He also struck out nine to raise his 2009 total to 75 K’s this season.
"Deck was outstanding," Hall said. "(In) the one inning that they made a little charge, he made some big pitches to keep it to two runs. It could have easily been three or four runs, but he made big pitches when he needed to."
Plagman provided the spark on offense with a career night at the plate, going 5-for-6 with two home runs and a career-high three doubles against the Wake Forest pitching staff. His five hits, two home runs and three runs scored tied career marks that he set last season, while his five RBI and 14 total bases surpassed his previous career highs, both of which were set in 2008.
"Tony was awesome tonight," Hall said. "To go 5-for-5 is great, and especially with two homers and three doubles. I was sad to see him make an out in the ninth, but I wanted to give him a chance to go 6-for-6.
He was close, but he had a great night."
The top four batters in Tech’s lineup – Jeff Rowland, Derek Dietrich, Jason Haniger and Plagman – combined for 14 of the Yellow Jackets’ 19 hits on the night. Rowland went 4-for-6 with two runs scored, while Haniger tallied three hits, three runs and an RBI.