Tech takes out Dawgs

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech posted an 8-2 win over Georgia Wednesday in front of a crowd of 2,461 at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The Yellow Jackets (23-14) took a 2-0 lead in the third. Jeff Ussery reached on a walk and went to third on a base hit by Danny Payne (2-4, 2 RBI). Shortstop Michael Fisher lined a single to center for the first run as Payne went to third. Georgia looked to freshman Steve Esmonde in relief of freshman Alex McRee. Esmonde retired the first three hitters he faced, allowing only a sacrifice fly to Matt Wieters that made it 2-0. Meanwhile, Georgia (13-24) grounded in to three double plays through the first four frames and tallied six hits on the night.

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.


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