March 10, 2015
TECH STARTERS: Spingola/CF, Smith/1B, Johnson/RF, Murray/C, Innis/LF, Bailey/2B, Gonzalez/3B, Gold/DH, Justus/SS, Parr/SP.
GS STARTERS: Adams/LF, Duffie/3B, Mizell/RF, Griffin/C, Thomas/DH, Sheffield/1B, Busby/SS, Howard/2B, Baldwin/CF, Geiger/SP.
Georgia Tech unleashed a 20-hit attack on Georgia Southern and routed the Eagles, 22-6, at Russ Chandler Stadium Tuesday night to sweep the season series.
Of Tech’s season-high 20 hits, nine were for extra bases including home runs from Kel Johnson, Matt Gonzalez and Blake Jackson.
The Yellow Jackets improved to 12-4 overall and have won seven of eight. The Eagles, who had won six of their last seven, slipped to 11-6.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Georgia Southern grabbed a quick 1-0 lead in the first, but Tech answered back in the home half when Johnson launched his ACC-leading sixth home run of the season to right for a 2-1 lead.
Gonzalez followed with a solo shot in the second inning as Tech’s lead grew to 4-1 and the Jackets broke the game open with a seven-run uprising in the fourth.
Another seven-run inning in the seventh made it 18-5 and the scoring was capped with Tech’s four-run eighth.
Reliever Matt Phillips picked up his second win (2-0) by tossing 1.2 innings in relief of starter Ben Parr with three strikeouts. Four Tech relievers followed Phillips.
The loss fell to Eagles’ starter Matt Geiger (0-2), who was on the hook for four hits and three runs in 1.0 innings.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
The 22 runs and 20 hits were each season-highs for the Yellow Jackets, who had not reached the 20-run mark since a 25-6 win at Georgia on April 14, 2010.
Every starter in Tech’s lineup recorded at least one, with Thomas Smith and Keenan Innis each finishing 3-for-6. Smith drove in three runs, while Innis scored three times.
Jackson, Gonzalez, Bailey and A.J. Murray had two hits apiece, with both of Bailey’s being doubles.
Gonzalez has homered in two of his last three games and has doubled in four straight. Jackson’s second career home run was a grand slam in the seventh inning.
The first-inning run scored by the Eagles was the first allowed by Tech in the first inning since February 14 vs. Fordham, snapping a streak of 13 straight games without allowing a run in the first.
Johnson extended his hitting streak to seven games with his first-inning home run. He had a game-winning grand slam in Tech’s 7-4 victory at Georgia Southern on February 17.
Tech swept the season series from the Eagles for the first time since 2010 and the Jackets have out-scored Southern 35-8 in their last two visits to Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Jackets’ last two pitchers of the night were brothers Patrick (eighth) and Joe (ninth) Wiseman.
Tech batted around three different times in the game.
“Georgia Southern had been playing very well coming in, so it’s definitely a good win and nice to get the series from those guys. We had some really good at bats tonight. Their two side-arms really handled us down there and I thought we did a much better job against them tonight. It was key to answer their run in the first. Kel hit a big home run to give us the lead and we put two more on them in the second to give us a cushion.”
— head coach Danny Hall
Georgia Tech is back in ACC play this weekend with a series at Coastal Division rival Duke. All three games are on ESPN3 and the series begins Friday at 6 p.m. in Durham.