Tech takes Dawgs 12-5

ATLANTA - The 15th-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defeated 12th-ranked Georgia 12-5 at Turner Field Tuesday in front of 28,836, which marks the second largest crowd in NCAA baseball history.

The Yellow Jackets (31-17) extended their season-high winning streak to ten games while snapping the Bulldogs (33-16) 12-game winning streak. Georgia Tech jumped out to an early lead in the first with Eric Patterson (2-for-5) hitting a triple to open the game followed by a Wes Hodges' double to make it 1-0. The Jackets would add two more runs before the top half of the first would come to a close.

After getting the first two outs in the top of the fourth, Georgia starter Matt Woods would get into trouble allowing four hits and a walk, resulting in the Jackets plating four more runs for a 7-0 advantage. Georgia would respond in the bottom of the inning with three runs of their own as Marshall Szabo (3-for-4) started the rally with a leadoff single. After Josh Morris was hit by a pitcher, Georgia got on the board on a run-scoring double by Joey Side (2-for-4, RBI). A single by Clint Sammons (1-3, RBI) brought the second run home and then a double by designated hitter Derek Smith (1-3, RBI) helped cut the deficit to 7-3.

Georgia Tech's Brian Burks, the third pitcher of the night, picked up the win with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief to improve to 5-5 while Woods dropped to 2-2, allowing seven runs (five earned) with one walk and four strikeouts through the first four innings.

The Bulldogs would lift Woods in favor of Brooks Brown who became the second of four Georgia pitchers to see action. However, Georgia Tech's offensive production would not slow down. Mike Nickeas (1-3, 2 RBI) and Tyler Greene would each add a sacrafice fly in the inning. In the sixth, the Jackets would add three more runs on one hit, two walks, a hit batter, and two errors by the Bulldogs increasing Tech's lead to 12-3. Also in the frame, Bulldog head coach David Perno was ejected after arguing a call at third base. The ejection was Perno's second on the year.

A couple of bright spots for the Bulldogs was sophomore left-hander Rip Warren, who pitched the final three innings, allowing just two hits and no runs or walks with four strikeouts while pinch-hitter Matt Robbins blasted a towering two-run homer, the first of his career to make it 12-5 in the ninth. Georgia made just eight errors during the 12-game winning streak but made four Tuesday.

"I feel bad for our fans, and I wish we could've performed better for them tonight," said Perno. "We had a great crowd and have been playing very well but tonight we didn't play well from the start. Both teams came in to the game with winning streaks and somebody had to lose and tonight Georgia Tech played better. We both have a chance to win our conferences and perhaps we'll meet again this season in a super regional."

Georgia returns to action Friday at Auburn. First pitch against the Tigers is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET.


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