Dawgs pound Tech 12-6

ATHENS – Georgia's baseball team still is four games below .500 in the SEC and searching for a way to turn its season around, but the Bulldogs went to bed happy Wednesday night.

Whipping rival Georgia Tech 12-6 is a mighty powerful salve. A Foley Field crowd of 1,675 braved intermittent rain and was rewarded by seeing the Bulldogs score 10 runs before the No. 8 Jackets had their first hit.

"You spot somebody 10 runs, it's pretty tough to win," Jackets coach Danny Hall said.

One day after losing to Western Carolina, the Bulldogs evened their season series with Tech at 1-1. The two teams meet for the final time in the regular season May 10 in Turner Field.

"I see a team that wants to make a run," Georgia coach David Perno said.

Georgia (25-16, 7-11 SEC) gets back to conference action Friday with the opener of a three-game series at Florida. As the fifth place team in the SEC East and ninth place overall, the Bulldogs currently are in danger of missing the eight-team SEC Tournament.

Perno challenged his team prior to Wednesday's game in a pep talk that included "a little bit of everything," he said.

"We just told them they're too good a team to be home in June," Perno said. "We were getting beat by teams we don't feel are better than us. We bounced back tonight."

A rally seems reasonable after watching the Bulldog bats Wednesday. First baseman Josh Morris led the way, going 2-for-5 with four RBI, including a towering three-run home run in the second. Jonathan Wyatt, Gordon Beckham, Matt Olson and Ryan Peisel all had three-hit games for the Bulldogs, who totaled 16 as a team.

"We're capable of doing this every night," Morris said. "It was good to show it tonight. It was a big win for us, and hopefully it'll jump start us to bigger things."

Center fielder Joey Side, who extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games, made a diving, over-the-shoulder catch to end Tech's four-run sixth inning.

Yellow Jacket starter Chris Hicks, a freshman who fell to 3-1 on the year, allowed the first five Bulldogs to reach base and gave up seven earned runs in 12/3 innings.

"They hit every fastball he threw," Hall said.

The Yellow Jackets (32-10, 13-8 ACC) begin a three-game series at Boston College on Friday. Their offense, the second-most prolific in the SEC, will be looking to bounce back from an off night.

Georgia starter Nathan Moreau (4-1) made his case to be a weekend starter by allowing just one earned run in five innings. Left fielder Steven Blackwood was the only Yellow Jacket with more than one RBI. He finished 1-for-5 with two RBI.

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