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Georgia Tech stings Mercer with 10-0 victory
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Georgia Tech's Tony Plagman follows through with a two-run home run in the third inning of an NCAA Atlanta Regional baseball game against Mercer in Atlanta Friday, June 4, 2010. It was his second of the game. - photo by Associated Press

ATLANTA — Mark Pope pitched a five-hitter and Tony Plagman homered twice in Georgia Tech's 10-0 victory over Mercer in the second game of the Atlanta regional on Friday night.
The Yellow Jackets (46-13) will play Alabama, an 11-2 winner over Elon, in the second game Saturday. Georgia Tech had lost three of four.
Pope (8-1) had 10 strikeouts and no walks and threw 110 pitches, 71 for strikes. The right-hander's shutout was the first for the Yellow Jackets in a regional since Kyle Bakker in 2002.
Mercer (37-23) is making its first NCAA tournament appearance and had won five straight and 17 of 20.
Plagman went 5 for 5 with three RBIs. He homered in the first inning for a 1-0 lead and he added his 21st of the season in the third for a 3-0 lead.
Jay Dantzler and Jacob Esch homered for the Jackets off starter Brandon Love (8-4).

Alabama 11, Elon 2

Josh Rutledge and Clay Jones homered, Nathan Kilcrease pitched seven strong innings and Alabama beat Elon 11-2 in the first game of the Atlanta Regional on Friday.
The Crimson Tide (38-22) have won nine of 10. Elon (38-23) has lost three of four.
Rain caused a 1-hour, 21-minute rain delay in middle of the seventh.
Kilcrease (7-2) allowed three hits, one run, two walks and struck out five. Over his last 26 1-3 innings — a span of three starts — the right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.37 ERA.
Rutledge’s ninth homer, a three-run shot, was part of a six-run fourth that made it 8-0 and chased Jimmy Reyes (10-4).
Jones’ 16th homer in the sixth made it 9-0.