Tech tops Dawgs 8-2

ATLANTA - The 14th-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 8-2 on Wednesday night at Russ Chandler Stadium in front of a crowd of 2,810.

Georgia Tech (26-8) took a 3-0 lead in the first on a RBI single to left from Steven Blackwood (4-for-5, 2 RBI) and a two-run single to center from Mike Trapani.

Georgia (21-11) scored in the top of the second with a two-run double to left from Gordon Beckham (3-for-3, 2 doubles, 2 RBI) that cut the score to 3-2. Jason Jacobs and Matt Robbins were aboard on a hit- by-pitch and a single respectively. In the bottom of the frame, the Yellow Jackets went up 4-2 as Blackwood again singled to left driving in a run.

In the sixth, Georgia Tech extended its advantage to 6-2 on a two-out, two-run double from Matt Wieters (2-for-5, 4 RBI). Then in the eighth, Wieters added a two-run homer to left center for the game's final margin.

Georgia starter Iain Sebastian took the loss after Georgia Tech sent nine batters to the plate in the first scoring three runs on three hits and was aided by three walks. Freshman David Duncan picked up the win for the Yellow Jackets tossing three innings allowing two runs and striking out three. Duncan was the first of four pitchers on the evening for Georgia Tech.

Freshman Nathan Moreau provided the Bulldogs with four innings pitched in relief of Sebastian allowing only one run. Also of note, in the seventh inning Jonathan Wyatt extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an infield base hit.

"We had some opportunities early but we didn't convert them," said Georgia head coach David Perno. "On a positive note, I thought some of our freshmen did a nice job in Gordon (Beckham) and Nathan (Moreau) coming in and giving us a chance. Stephen (Dodson) has to be able to finish an inning. He started out strong but got in trouble after getting the first two outs. Now, it's time to focus on the SEC series and Vanderbilt."

Up next, Georgia continues its seven-game road trip in Nashville, Tenn. against #18 Vanderbilt in an SEC series. First pitch Friday is slated for 7:00 p.m. ET.


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