ATLANTA (Mar. 1) — Sophomore catcher Doc Brooks blasted two home runs and drove in seven, as Georgia defeated rival Georgia Tech for the second day in a row, by a 13-5 count on Wednesday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.
After the Jackets (8-4) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first courtesy of a leadoff home run by second baseman Richard Lewis, Brooks belted his first home run of the day, a three-run shot in the top of the second to give Georgia (8-0) a 3-1 lead, one they would hold all afternoon.
The Bulldogs opened the lead to 7-1 in the fourth, on RBI singles by Brooks, Josh Hudson and Jeff Keppinger. Brooks’ second three-run home run of the game in the top of the fifth blew the game wide open, as the Dogs built a 10-1 cushion.
Georgia starting pitcher Matt Steele (3-0) had all of the support he needed at that point. Steele allowed just two runs and five hits over six innings of work, as he picked up his third win of the season.
Tech plated a single run in the bottom of the fifth, which was countered by the Bulldogs in the top of the seventh. A three-run home run by Tech third baseman Mark Teixeira in the bottom of the seventh cut the Georgia lead to 11-5.
Any possible rally by the Jackets was ended by Georgia, as the Dogs scored twice in the top of the eighth, providing the final 13-5 margin.
Georgia Tech will travel to California on Thursday to participate in the 2000 Kia Baseball Bash hosted by Cal State Fullerton this weekend in Fullerton, Calif. Tech opens its weekend play against No. 7 Southern California on Friday afternoon at 5:30 p.m.