ATLANTA -- It's become a weekly occurrence for Buck Farmer to shut down an opposing offense. The Georgia Tech senior tossed six innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts in an 11-1 victory over Virginia Tech last weekend, moving to 3-0 in his second season as the Yellow Jackets' Friday starter.
Farmer took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before the Hokies got a double from Gary Schneider and an RBI infield single from Chad Pinder to also snap the shutout bid. That was the first earned run allowed by Farmer all season and the only two hits the right-hander from Conyers surrendered to Virginia Tech.
"Buck's going to give us a chance to win every night he goes out there," Tech coach Danny Hall told ramblinwreck.com.
Farmer, who has been dominant in four starts, allowing one earned run in 27 innings pitched (0.33 ERA), striking out 37 and walking just four, will look to move to 4-0 when Tech (14-2) opens a three-game series with Boston College on Friday at 6 p.m.Local trio helping GSU softballATLANTA -- Georgia State's softball team is off to a 14-8 start and three former local players -- Heritage graduates Callie Alford and Whitney Phillips and former Rockdale standout MeQuilla Franklin -- have a lot to do with the winning start.
Alford, a sophomore infielder/catcher, has started all 22 games, leads the team in RBIs with 20 and is second in batting average (.319, 23 for 72) and home runs (6). Phillips is hitting .296 (8 for 27) in a limited role, while Franklin, a Chattanooga State Community College transfer, is hitting .261 (12 for 46) in 14 starts.
Georgia State, which won a pair of one-run games against Eastern Illinois on March 7, has a long layoff before hosting Jacksonville State at 5 p.m. March 19.Smith leads Bobcats in tournament playVALDOSTA -- The No. 12 Georgia College golf team finished the first two rounds of the First Federal Southeastern Collegiate in fourth place with a score of 592 (plus-16).The Bobcats, led by former Eastside standout and senior All-American Taylor Smith, finished the first round with a score of 294 and added a second-round score of 298 at the par-72, 7,140-yard Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.
Smith shot a one-over-par 73 in the second round for 10th place.
Classmate and two-time All-American Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw) shot a 71 and 75 for a two-over 146 in 12th. Garrett had an up-and-down second round, balancing four birdies with six holes carded over par.
Leading the Southeastern Collegiate is No. 5 Florida Southern College with a two-round total of 575. Second place stands at a tie with No. 2 Barry University and No. 10 Columbus State University sharing a score of 584.
Sports Writer Manny Fils contributed to this story.