ATLANTA (Feb. 16) – Junior outfielder Jason Basil tallied four hits and drove in three, as No. 8 Georgia Tech defeated cross-town rival Georgia State 14-4 on Wednesday afternoon, February 16, at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Jackets (3-1), looking to avenge a loss to the Panthers on the road on Tuesday, fell behind early as GSU shortstop Scott Youngbauer blasted a solo home run to right field in the top of the first, later followed by a Chad Smith sacrifice fly, resulting in a 2-0 GSU lead.
Tech retaliated with two in the bottom half of the first on a two-run double by catcher Bryan Prince to knot the score at 2-2.
After an unearned run by GSU (2-2) in the top of the second, the Jackets piled it on plating one in the bottom of the third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth, and five in the sixth.
Tech starting pitcher Brad Busbin was knocked out of the game after just two innings, with the Jackets trailing 3-2. Sophomore right-hander Kevin Cameron (2-0) came on and allowed just one base runner, a sixth inning solo home run by Chad Smith, in five innings of work, as he picked up his second victory of the season.
Freshman Jeff Watchko pitched two scoreless innings to close it out for the Jackets.
Mic Knox (0-1) took the loss for the Panthers, yielding six runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings on the mound.
Georgia Tech returns to action on Saturday as the Jackets open a three-game set at home against Oakland University. Junior southpaw Cory Vance will pitch in the opener at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.