April 23, 2013
ATLANTA – Kyle Wren had two hits and extended his hitting streak to nine games, but Georgia evened the season series with No. 19 Georgia Tech Tuesday night, 17-0, in the annual Kauffman Tire Spring Baseball Classic for Kids at Turner Field in downtown Atlanta.
A crowd of 18,240, which is the largest to see a college baseball game this season, was on hand for the game, which is the principal fundraiser annually for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
The Bulldogs (16-26) tacked on a two runs in the second, added five in the third never looked back. The Yellow Jackets (27-14) had their chances early, as Wren led off the bottom half of the first with a single up the middle only to see Tech go in order after that.
The Jackets put two aboard in the second, but again Georgia starter Bryan Benzor was up to the task. Benzor worked three scoreless innings, allowed two hits with four strikeouts and was credited with the victory (3-2) on a predetermined staff night.
Five relievers limited the Jackets to three hits over the final six innings as Georgia snapped a three-game slide in the series with Tech. The Jackets, though, will look to win the season series for the fourth consecutive time when the teams meet at Russ Chandler Stadium in Atlanta on May 14.
Curt Powell and Hunter Cole each had four hits, while Justin Bryant provided three hits and drove in four runs. Of Georgia’s 23 hits, 21 were singles.
Tech returns to action Friday to open an ACC series versus Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen live on CSS and ESPN3.