ATHENS, Ga. (Feb. 29) – Senior right-hander Chris Clark held Georgia Tech to just one run and three hits, while going the distance, as Georgia defeated the eighth-ranked Jackets 10-1 on Tuesday afternoon, February 29, at Foley Field in Athens.
Clark (2-0) took a one-hit shutout into the ninth before a Brad Stockton triple to start the top of the ninth set up the Jackets’ only run.
The Bulldogs (7-0) attacked Tech ace Cory Vance (2-1) early and often, knocking the junior southpaw out in the fifth, having yielded a career-high nine runs (eight earned) and eight hits.
Georgia jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on the strength of a two-run single by first baseman Josh Dorminy. Solo home runs by Doc Brooks in the second and Mark Thornhill in the third increased the Georgia lead to 4-0 through three frames.
As Clark continued to cruise along, the Bulldogs scored twice more in the bottom of the fourth courtesy of a two-run home run by right fielder Adam Swann, before plating four in the fifth to knock Vance out of the game.
Freshman Philip Perry pitched the final 3-1/3 innings for the Jackets (8-3), allowing no runs and just one hit in his stint out of the bullpen.
Clark took care of the rest, facing only two batters over the minimum in his complete game victory.
The two teams will square off again on Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Russ Chandler Stadium. Sophomore Brad Busbin (1-0) is scheduled to take the mound for the Jackets, while Matt Steele is the projected starter for the Bulldogs.