Tech pounds Dawgs 12-2

ATLANTA — When Georgia or Georgia Tech has won four straight at the other's house, no matter the sport, the unhappy host gets a little itchy.

Georgia Tech finally got to scratch.

The Yellow Jackets got a solid six-inning pitching night from sophomore Ryan Turner and a four-run seventh sealed a 12-2 victory Wednesday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Tech, 30-7 and ranked fourth in three major polls, visits ACC rival Virginia for a three-game series starting Friday night while Georgia (20-16) travels to No. 21 Mississippi this weekend for a three-game SEC set.

The Bulldogs and Jackets tangle again on Tuesday at Turner Field, then take the rivalry to Athens a night later. Both games start at 7 p.m.

A crowd of 3,130, Tech's third straight of 3,000-plus, watched the Jackets improve to 6-1 against in-state schools. And for bragging rights, Georgia's four-game winning streak at Russ Chandler was broken.

The Jackets won 12-5 a year ago at Turner Field but hadn't whipped the Bulldogs this bad since a 21-4 romp here on April 28, 1998. It was only the fourth time in the last 18 meetings the Jackets have hit double figures in runs.

Matt Wieters led Tech's 14-hit attack with a nice 4-for-4 night — his fourth of at least four hits this year — and five runs batted in. Tyler Greene had three hits, including a homer, and 2 RBIs. Steven Blackwood and Jeff Kindel had two hits each with Kindel driving in three runs.

Time will tell if Tech picked up some momentum with 12 ACC games left, or if Georgia will spiral downward in its run for the SEC Tournament. But the Yellow Jackets sure ignored the early deficit, making it a brief one.

Some "small ball" put the Bulldogs up first with a run in the third.

Josh Smith walked and Adam McDaniel singled to center before Bobby Felmy's fly to left pushed Smith to third. Kyle Keen's single to center brought in Smith, then Turner got out of the inning with a fly to center and a strikeout.

The Jackets tied it up in their half when Greene hammered a 1-0 pitch over the left-center fence.

Tech took the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Wieters powered a 2-2 pitch over the wall in center. Fans didn't realize that center fielder Joey Side had failed to make the shocking catch until Wieters reached second and Side trudged back to his position.

Kindel followed with a one-out double to the wall in right-center, and the Bulldogs bullpen got busy. Georgia's defense nailed Kindel at thirdon Andy Hawranick's grounder to short, and the Bulldogs escaped any further problems.

Rip Warren took over on the hill for Georgia and opened with a strikeout. It went downhill from there.

Greene reached on a high-chop infield single, then Warren snuck in a strikeout between plunking Blackwood and Jeremy Slayden. Wieters made the wildness hurt with a two-run single to center for a 4-1 lead.

Some aggressive Georgia strategy backfired in the fifth. One pitch after Side was caught stealing at second following an inning-opening walk, Jason Jacobs drew a free pass. Josh Morris flew out to deep right, which would've easily advanced somebody from second.

Jacobs took second, then Derek Smith's drive to the right-center wall was caught by center fielder Danny Payne.

Bo Lanier's stint as Georgia's third pitcher didn't last double-digit tries, Georgia head coach David Perno yanking him with a 1-0 count on Wes Hodges after Blackwood opened the seventh with a double and advanced on a wild pitch.

Hodges made it 5-1 by yanking a double down the third baseline against Joshua Fields, whose own bad throw let Hodges scoot down to to third. Walks to Slayden and Wieters followed to load the bases for Kindel.

The junior sent a 1-1 pitch on one hop to the right-center fence for two more runs, Perno emerging from the Georgia dugout to give another relief pitcher a shot at slowing down the Jackets.

Brooks Brown promptly gave up a run-scoring grounder and it was 8-1 with Kindel on third and only one out. But Brown finished the inning with the hole getting no bigger.

The aisles started crowding up with departures after Tim Gustafson whiffed Jacobs and Morris to end the top of the eighth.

They missed more Jacket joy with four runs in the eighth, two coming on Wieters' double to the left field corner.


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