Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Braves Blank Ga. Tech Again; the Yellow Jackets Avoid Another Hitless Game, but They Still Lose 5-0

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Braves Blank Ga. Tech Again; the Yellow Jackets Avoid Another Hitless Game, but They Still Lose 5-0

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Byline: TRAVIS HANEY

LAKE BUENA VISTA - One hit, they joked beforehand. That's all they wanted. And they almost got their wish.

Georgia Tech was no-hit by the Atlanta Braves two years ago in the teams' every-other-year exhibition series, so just a single single seemed like an improvement for the overmatched college guys.

Well, the Yellow Jackets managed two hits - both singles - Wednesday and lost 5-0 to Atlanta at Disney's Ballpark.

Kevin Barry, who struck out four in two innings, got the win for the Braves. Jared Hyatt, who gave up a solo homer to Ryan Langerhans in the third, took the loss for Georgia Tech.

The Braves are now 21-0 since 1977 in games against Georgia Tech and Georgia to begin their spring schedule.

"These guys are major leaguers," said Jackets senior Wally Crancer, who snapped the hitless streak with the clean single to right in the second inning. "You can't really expect to do too much offensively."

Braves pitchers recorded 14 strikeouts. Granted, there was a rainout in 2003, but the big leaguers haven't allowed a Georgia Tech run since 2001.

Paying little mind to the final tally, it was an enjoyable experience for the collegians to be surrounded by and play with a major league club.

As the Jackets returned to their locker room after the game, they raved to one another about some of the Braves' pitchers.

"I tell them they get a chance to be major league players for a day," Jackets coach Danny Hall said. "I think it's awesome for them. They get to watch these guys on TV all summer long. And every one of these guys I have wants to get to the major league level."

Junior catcher Matt Wieters certainly appears to have a bright professional future ahead of him.

"I think you think about it starting when you're in little league, what it would be like to be at spring training," Wieters said. …

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