ATLANTA - Georgia Tech posted an 8-6 win over Georgia on Wednesday in front of a crowd of 2,382 at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets (30-19) scored a pair of two-out runs in the first off freshman David Sosebee, who saw his first action since April 17 in a planned staff night. First baseman Jake Davies drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and designated hitter Zane Evans added an RBI-double, scoring Daniel Palka who reached on a double. Georgia (28-21) got a run back in the second inning on a groundout by Conor Welton, scoring senior Colby May who reached on a one-out walk. The Bulldogs looked to redshirt freshman Jay Swinford who kept Tech off the scoreboard in the second before it added a run in the third on a successful sacrifice on a squeeze play by Thomas Smith for a 3-1 advantage.
In the fifth, Bulldog junior shortstop Kyle Farmer extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a two-out single. Meanwhile in the bottom of the inning, Tech sent nine to the plate, adding three runs on three hits and a bases loaded walk to extend its lead to 6-1. Tech freshman Josh Heddinger went six innings and allowed just one unearned run on four hits for the win to improve to 3-4 while Sosebee fell to 2-1.
Georgia rallied for five runs over the final two frames but missed a handful of chances earlier in the contest, going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position through the first two innings and wound up hitting in to a season-high four double plays on the night. Senior left-hander Chase Hawkins was the lone Bulldog hurler out of the first six to not give up a run, taking care of Tech in the sixth. Also, junior Blake Dieterich pitched a scoreless eighth frame for Georgia. The Bulldog staff issued seven walks.
In the eighth, Tech brought in Jonathan Roberts who lasted five pitches. He hit Curt Powell and Farmer to start the inning and then Cole blasted a 1-0 offering over the centerfield wall to cut the deficit to 8-4. For Cole, it was his team-leading seventh home run of the season. Tech lifted Roberts in favor of Jarrett Didrick who escaped further trouble. Georgia scored two runs off Alex Cruz in the ninth. Welton lined a one-out double and scored on a two-out RBI-single by Farmer. Then, Cole smashed a run-scoring double to plate Farmer that made it 8-6. DeLoach drew a walk to bring up the go-ahead run in senior Levi Hyams who grounded out to end the game.
"We pitched poorly tonight, and I take the blame for that as we just can't do that this late in the year," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We wanted to keep some guys fresh for the upcoming South Carolina series, but we needed to do better tonight. As far as the double plays, it was just one of those nights, but we have to make adjustments when we see that happening too many times. Still, I was proud of the comeback there late, and we had a chance in the ninth. Hunter (Cole) bounced back to have a strong night at the plate."