CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Buford High graduate Chase Burnette had five of Georgia Tech’s 23 hits, and the Yellow Jackets (43-10, 20-8 ACC) belted five home runs en route to a 15-8 series opening win over Boston College (28-5, 13-15 ACC) Thursday afternoon at Commander Shea Field.
With the five home runs, the Jackets moved into a tie for second-place on the school’s single season home record list, tying last season’s total of 111. Georgia Tech has hit nine home runs in the last two games, and recorded double digit hits in six of the last eight outings.
Burnette’s season-high five hits paced the Yellow Jackets on the day, as he drove in three runs on a home run and two doubles. Along with Burnette, Derek Dietrich, Cole Leonida, Tony Plagman and Matt Skole all added a home run.
Plagman hit his conference-leading 19th homer of the season on the afternoon.
The Eagles starting the scoring in the bottom of the first with a solo shot to left field by Micky Wiswall off of Georgia Tech starter Deck McGuire.
The home run was the only earned run McGuire (8-3) allowed on the day, as he allowed two runs on five hits over six innings for the win. McGuire lowered his overall ERA to 2.83 while picking up his third win of the season.
Georgia Tech responded to Wiswall’s homer with five runs on five hits in the second, fueled by a two-run shot to left field by Cole Leonida off of Boston College starter Pat Dean. Seniors Jay Dantzler and Tony Plagman wrapped RBI singles around Derek Dietrich’s sac fly to right field to complete the scoring in the second frame.
Dean fell to 5-2 on the season after allowing nine runs on 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one.
The Yellow Jackets batted around for five more runs in the fourth inning to extend the lead to 10-2. Dietrich and Plagman highlighted the scoring with home runs to right field on consecutive at-bats. It was the sixth time this season that Tech has hit back-to-back home runs.