Both teams took a "staff" approach to the pitching, using seven hurlers apiece. Georgia Tech reliever Andrew Robinson (1-0) pitched a career-high three scoreless innings for his first victory. McRee got the loss to fall to 2-3, allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts in two innings.
In the fourth, the Yellow Jackets extended their advantage to 6-0. They scored four runs on three hits plus were helped by Bulldog errors by left fielder Blake Cannady and second baseman Miles Starr. Georgia junior Joshua Fields, making his first appearance in middle relief this season, got the Bulldogs out of the fourth and pitched a perfect fifth frame with two strikeouts.
Georgia got on the scoreboard in the sixth. Starr smashed a leadoff double off the left field wall. Then, junior third baseman Ryan Peisel (2-4, 2 RBI) crushed a two-run home run to centerfield to close the gap to 6-2. Two batters later, the Yellow Jackets lifted Michael Hutts and turned to Jared Hyatt who completed the inning without any further damage. In the seventh, Tech designated hitter Luke Murton hit Adam McDaniel's first offering over the left field wall for his sixth home run and a 7-2 margin. The Yellow Jackets added one more run that inning for the final.
"Overall, we weren't very competitive in all phases and that was disappointing against your instate rival," said Georgia coach David Perno. "Some of the pitchers did all right but others had too many walks. We made a couple of errors and hit into a few double plays. We have to play better. We're just very inconsistent."
Georgia returns to action Friday when it plays host to ninth-ranked Arkansas (30-10, 11-4 SEC) in game one of a Southeastern Conference series. First pitch at Foley Field will be at 6:37 p.m. ET., and the game will be televised by Cox Sports.