Moving Tim Gustafson to the starting rotation today didn't bring the results that the Georgia Tech staff hoped for in the pivotal game of the series. Gustafson lasted only 3.2 innings after giving up 8 runs and 8 hits. As speculated, the Jackets brought Lee Hyde out of the bullpen to try and keep the game close. He gave up one run in 2.2 innings.
In addition to inserting Gustafson in the lineup, Luke Murton took over at first for Whit Robbins and Wally Crancer started in left for Steven Blackwood. Crancer led the Jackets comeback with three hits including a homer but was unable to make a catch on a single in the 10th that enabled the Wolfpack to come back from a 2-run deficit. Hodges and Kindel also had three hits and Kindel and Payne added home runs.
Matt Wieters was charged with the loss. He came in to pitch in the 7th with the bases loaded and one out and induced Camp to hit into an inning ending double play. He held the Wolfpack scoreless until they rallied for three runs in the 10th.
The two teams close out the series Sunday at 1 pm. With Hyde pitching today and Turner yesterday the starter for tomorrow has yet to be determined. Tim Ladd is a likely candidate to get the start.