Dawgs top Tech 9-4; Take season series

ATHENS - Juniors Matt Olson and Travis Parrott drove in three runs apiece to lead Georgia to a 9-4 series-clinching win over 24th-ranked Georgia Tech Wednesday before a Foley Field crowd of 2,725.

Olson is batting .500 in his career against the Yellow Jackets, going 10-for-20 with 11 RBI. Georgia improved to 20-30 while the Yellow Jackets fell to 30-18. The Bulldogs win the season series two games to one.

"I though the turning point was senior Adam McDaniel in the eighth inning when we just took the lead, and we needed someone to stop them, and he did," said Georgia coach David Perno. "He had no walks, no hits and two strikeouts, a quick inning. Our three seniors came up big tonight."

Senior centerfielder Jonathan Wyatt went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI while senior designated hitter Matt Robbins went 1-for-2 with an RBI and three walks. In the first, Georgia grabbed a 2-0 lead off of pitcher/designated hitter Matt Wieters. Ryan Peisel led off with a double to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. Wyatt followed with a run-scoring double, and he would later score on a fielder's choice by Olson.

Wally Crancer (3-for-4) made it 2-1 when he led off the second with a solo home run, his sixth of the year off of Trevor Holder. In the fifth, Georgia Tech took a 3-2 lead, scoring two runs on three hits and one Bulldog miscue. Georgia tied the game in the sixth when Olson lined a triple down the left field line and scored on a base hit by Robbins. However, Georgia Tech came right back in the seventh.

With one out, Wieters launched his ninth home run of the year, a solo shot off of freshman Dean Weaver to put the Yellow Jackets back in front 4-3. The Bulldogs responded by reclaiming a 5-4 edge. Wyatt led off with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman Rich Poythress. Parrot drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single off of Brad Rulon.

With two outs in the eighth, Georgia added four runs on two hits off of Elliott Ogawa. Olson smacked a two-run double to left center and after Robbins reached on another walk to load the bases again, Parrott's two-run double made it 9-4.

"Our guys battled all night and kept believing we could do it, and they came through," Perno added. "It was a big win to take the series and keep the streak going especially for the seniors in their last game against Georgia Tech."

Freshman Ryan Woolley (1-1) notched his first win as he was one of six Bulldog hurlers on the night while Rulon fell to 2-2 as the Yellow Jackets employed seven pitchers.

Georgia returns to Southeastern Conference action Friday when it plays host to Mississippi State (31-14, 13-9 SEC).


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