Bulldogs Swat Yellow Jackets

ATHENS - Any win would have been great for a Georgia team that's had it's share of struggles against rival Georgia Tech.

But to win in dominating fashion like the Bulldogs did Tuesday -- a 7-1 blowout in front of 3,004 in attendance at Foley Field -- could help shift a rivalry game that had seen the Yellow Jackets win five of the last six games.

"Oh completely," said Conor Welton when asked if the win over Georgia Tech meant more than most. "If I told you no I'd be lying. We try to play every game like it's our last one, but this one's definitely special."

Georgia's Brett DeLoach broke a scoreless game open with his first home run of the season in the bottom of the second inning. Three singles later, Curt Powell reached on an error, plating freshman Hunter Cole. Welton drove in two more runs, singling up the middle to bring in Kevin Ruiz and Brandon Stephens.

The production from Welton, batting ninth in the lineup, was a welcome boost.

"I'm seeing the ball well, but you have to give credit to the guys hitting around me," Welton said. "The team is starting to hit the ball better these last couple weeks. When they start hitting it well pitchers start thinking about them. They'll make a mistake on the nine-hole hitter so I'm getting good pitches to hit right now."

Six Bulldogs pitchers combined to allow one run on eight hits while striking out 11. Freshman starter David Sosebee pitched three scoreless innings to record his second win of the season.

"Tonight we played our best game of the year, and it was nice to do that in front of a great crowd and in a big game against our rival," Georgia coach David Perno said. "I thought David Sosebee was outstanding, our offense made some adjustments, and we played excellent defense."

The Yellow Jackets managed one run in the sixth, but the Bulldogs responded with three more in the bottom half of the inning to put the game out of reach.

Right fielder Peter Verdin, third baseman Curt Powell and second baseman Levi Hyams all would score in the frame.

The 18th-ranked Bulldogs improved to 16-6 on the season. The win over the Yellow Jackets marked Georgia's first win over a ranked opponent this season.

"Coming off Tennessee last weekend to start the SEC we knew Georgia Tech was going to be a good opponent," Powell said. "They're good every year. We just wanted to have a good game before we headed up to Vanderbilt."

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