Farmer pitches well, still drops first game of '13

DURHAM, N.C. -- Buck Farmer was once again dominant for Georgia Tech on Friday, but this time it wasn't enough. Farmer tossed a complete game, six-hitter and allowed just two earned runs, but Tech left 10 runners on base, six in scoring position, and Farmer lost his first game of the season, 2-0 to Duke at Jack Coombs Field.

Farmer, a Rockdale graduate, didn't issue a walk to the Blue Devils and struck out six batters while throwing 71 of his 89 pitches for strikes.

Duke scored the only run it would need against Farmer in the bottom of the fourth as Jordan Betts' sacrifice fly made it 1-0. Mark Lumpa made it 2-0 in the eighth with an RBI single.

Farmer had been unbeaten in two career starts against Duke, but still picked up his second complete game against the Blue Devils. His ERA against the ACC foe slightly increased from 1.29 to 1.63.

The right-hander's numbers are still spectacular leading up to his start against Virginia on April 12. In eight starts, Farmer is 6-1 with a 1.47 ERA. In 55 innings pitched, he has struck out 64 batters and walked just 13 and opponents are hitting just .195 against the 6-foot-4 senior.

The low-scoring trend continued throughout the rest of the series. Tech bounced back to win 2-1 Saturday, thanks to a combined five-hitter from Dusty Isaacs, Jonathan King and Zane Evans, and Thomas Smith's go-ahead, RBI single in the top of the eighth inning.

Duke picked up its second shutout of the series Sunday, winning 3-0 to clinch the series.

Tech dropped to 23-9 and 9-6 in Atlantic Coast Conference play heading into tonight's non-conference game at rival Georgia.

Farmer is scheduled to pitch Friday when the Yellow Jackets return home to Russ Chandler Stadium to begin a weekend series with ACC foe Virginia.