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Bright lights bring out the best

3/27/2010

We pegged it as the matchup of the weekend and neither Deck McGuire nor Matt Harvey disappointed Friday, going at it for seven innings of a 2-1 Georgia Tech win over North Carolina. McGuire was the sharper of the two, allowing six hits and a run and striking out 10. He walked three and hit the strike zone with 68 of his 110 pitches. Harvey needed 135 pitches to get through his seven frames and walked six along the way, but struck out 11 and allowed just three hits and one earned run.

Tar Heels star freshman and 3-hole hitter Brian Goodwin whiffed all four times versus McGuire, who improved to 4-1 on the season with a 1.17 ERA and 49-11 K/BB ratio. Harvey fell to 3-1, but still boasts a 1.85 ERA and 48-20 K/BB ratio in 39 innings of work, and the Yellow Jackets' big bats had no success versus the right-hander.

Derek Dietrich went hitless, as did Cole Leonida and Tony Plagman, all of whom are expected to be drafted before the end of Day 2 come June.

"This is the kind of matchup and set of results that I can look back on," said one crosschecker of an NL club. "It's a big-game setting, hitters faced top pitching and the pitchers faced good hitting, and the performances speak for themselves. I can draw something from this."

What scouts seem to have taken from this game, however, is that they need to see more from the two right-handers. "It's too soon to come to any conclusions, but I saw some things I wanted to see. I wouldn't call them answers, but the questions aren't as unanswered as they were."

Also under the lights:

• Clemson right fielder Kyle Parker singled twice and walked in three trips to the plate versus Virginia ace Danny Hultzen, a potential first-round pick next June. Parker improved to .410/.524/.795 with 10 homers and a 19-16 BB/K ratio in 22 games.

• Tennessee left-hander Bryan Morgado had his strikeout arsenal working, fanning 11 in seven innings versus LSU in Knoxville. He was reportedly sitting 89-91 mph with his fastball, but both the cold weather and Morgado's curveball were factors Friday night.

• Ole Miss left-hander Drew Pomeranz was solid again, using a 90-93 mph fastball to fan nine over 7 1/3 innings versus Florida. He allowed one run on five hits and two walks, and improved to 4-0 on the season.

• Arkansas 3B Zach Cox broke out of an extra-base slump with a double and a home run among his three hits Friday versus Alabama ace Adam Morgan. Cox is up to .430/.518/.616 for the year.

• Texas A&M's Barret Loux outdueled Missouri's Nick Tepesch by whiffing 11 in seven efficient innings Friday. He allowed just three hits and a walk and needed just 101 pitches. Loux is now 4-1 with a 1.29 ERA and whopping 58-9 K/BB ratio in 35 innings.

• Maranatha High School (Calif.) right-hander Dylan Covey went seven innings Friday and struck out 12 in a 2-1 extra-inning loss. Covey allowed just three hits, walked one and hit a batter, and has compiled a 47-5 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings this season. He's also yet to allow a run and only two of the 10 hits off him have gone for extra bases.

• Blanchet High School (Wash.) right fielder Josh Sale, among the top prep prospects in the country, was suspended this week for violating an undisclosed school regulation and missed this week's action. Sale, a left-handed hitter, will return to practice Tuesday after missing a third game Monday afternoon.

• Archbishop McCarthy 3B Nick Castellanos has two hits Friday and is hitting .657 with three home runs and 18 RBI this season. Despite word that he may ask for the moon -- $6 million - at least one club still projects him as a late first-round pick.

• Tattnall Square Academy RHP DeAndre Smelter, a Georgia Tech commit, threw a no-hitter on Friday night, striking out 17 batters. Tattnall coach Joey Hiller reports that Smelter hit 93-94 mph.