Dawgs top Jackets at Turner Field

ATLANTA - Junior Matt Olson went 4-for-5 with a career-high six RBI to lead Georgia to a 10-7 win over 24th-ranked Georgia Tech Tuesday in front of a Turner Field crowd of 21,620.

Georgia (15-26) took advantage of early control problems by Yellow Jacket starter John Goodman. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with three straight walks to start the contest. Then, Ladd got freshman Rich Poythress to pop out. However, Olson cleared the bases with a three-run double to the gap in left center. In the second, the Bulldogs built a 5-0 lead courtesy of a double by freshman Mike Freeman (3-for-4), a double by junior Ryan Peisel (3-for-4), two wild pitches and an error by shortstop Michael Fisher.

The Yellow Jackets (26-15) closed the gap to 5-3 in the third. Georgia sophomore right-hander Jason Leaver issued back-to-back walks to Patrick Long and Jeff Usserry. Catcher Jason Haniger advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Then, junior centerfielder Danny Payne (2-for-5, 2 RBI) smacked a two-run double off the wall in left field. With two outs, Payne scored on a base hit by designated hitter Matt Wieters (3-for-5, 2 RBI).

In the fifth, Poythress (3-for-5) led off with a double and then Olson crushed a 2-0 offering over the 400 sign in dead centerfield to make it 7-3. It was Olson's fourth home run of the season. In the sixth, Gordon Beckham added an RBI-single and Olson recorded his sixth RBI on the night with a run-scoring double for a 9-3 lead. The Yellow Jackets trimmed the deficit to 9-5 in the seventh, scoring two runs on three hits off of freshman Justin Earls. Georgia got one of the runs back in the eighth. Poythress registered his first career triple and later scored on a wild pitch by Zach Von Tersch for a 10-5 advantage.

In the eighth, pinch-hitter Curtis Depart reached on a double and Usserry collected his second triple. Nick Scherer followed with a run-scoring triple of his own to bring it to 10-7. In the ninth, Georgia looked to junior closer Joshua Fields to preserve the victory and he did, recording his fourth save this year and 20th of his career. Leaver got the win to even his record at 1-1 while Goodman fell to 1-2. Georgia used five pitchers on the night while the Yellow Jackets employed seven hurlers.

"Hopefully, this will be the start of a good week for us," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We got a lot of our hitters going tonight and that's a good sign. When our lineup hits like that and scores some runs, we've got a chance. Still, we need to get the starting pitching and relief pitching too, and for the most part, that has been good this year."

Perno added that he was pleased to see another great crowd for the Turner Field event billed as the "Spring Baseball Classic for Kids."

"There's a lot of kids out there that have it a lot tougher than most people, and tonight's game is for a great cause, and we appreciate the opportunity to help out," said Perno.

The Bulldogs are now 4-1 against the Yellow Jackets in games at Turner Field. On the year, the series is tied 1-1 with the final game set for May 9th in Athens at Foley Field.

Georgia continues its five-game roadtrip Wednesday when it faces Western Carolina. First pitch at Hennon Stadium in Cullowhee, N.C., is slated for 7 p.m.


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