Turning point? Dawgs knock off Jackets 11-8

ATLANTA — Georgia finally showed signs of emerging from a season-long offensive slumber Wednesday night against Georgia Tech.

But it was the Bulldogs' defense that secured the victory at Turner Field.

Georgia pounded out 14 hits en route to its 11-8 victory over the Yellow Jackets before 14,398 fans. Organizers sold 24,750 tickets for the game, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday but moved because of rain.

Georgia, batting a Southeastern Conference worst .264 entering the game, pounded out 14 hits Wednesday night. Every Bulldogs' starter had at least one hit.

First baseman Josh Morris went 2 for 3 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored. Second baseman Jason Jacobs also had three RBIs for the Bulldogs, who improved to 22-18.

Georgia Tech, ranked in the top eight in all four college baseball polls, dropped their fourth consecutive game and fell to 33-11 on the season.

Despite the offensive heroics in the early going — all 19 runs were scored in the first five innings — the Bulldogs needed several defensive gems to hold off the Yellow Jackets.

Morris' diving stab on Steven Blackwood's smash in the fifth inning ended a scoring chance, as did left fielder Bobby Felmy's sliding catch of a Blackwood liner in the seventh inning.

Tech, which put runners in scoring position in each of the first seven innings, stranded 11 runners in the game. Third baseman Wes Hodges went 3 for 5 with a grand slam in a losing effort.

Tech had been 30-4 when scoring at least three runs.

Reliever Bo Lanier (4-1) earned the victory for Georgia, allowing one run in 2 2/3 innings. Sophomore Rip Warren tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings to collect his first career save.

Tech reliever Jared Hyatt (2-1) allowed five runs in one inning and took the loss.

Last year's meeting between the teams at Turner Field drew 28,836 fans, the second most in college baseball history. All proceeds from the game benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

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