ATLANTA (Apr. 19) – Bryan Prince, Mark Teixeira and Tyler Parker each drove in three runs and the Georgia Tech offense pounded out 21 hits as the sixth-ranked Yellow Jackets defeated Georgia Southern, 22-8, on Wednesday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The victory extended Tech’s (33-8) winning streak to a season-long 15 games, the longest streak since the Jackets reeled off 18 wins in a row in 1992.
Freshman Phillip Perry (2-0) picked up the victory after allowing three runs on just two hits in five innings of work. He walked four batters and struck out six.
Tech jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning before the Eagles took a 3-2 lead on a three-run homer from Brett Griffin in the top of the second inning. The Jackets responded with five runs in their half of the second to take 7-3 lead. Tech piled on seven more runs in the fifth inning to blow the game open.
Georgia Tech was helped by four Georgia Southern errors that led to 12 unearned runs in the game.
Every Tech starter had at least one hit in the game, led by two hits apiece from Prince, Teixeira, Parker, Richard Lewis, Jahmal Overton and Jason Basil. Parker added his 10th home run of the season with a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh, while Jon Henry Kail hit his second homer of the season. Teixeira extended his hitting streak to 19 games and Derik Goffena stretched his streak to 18 games.
The Eagle offense was led by Ryan Flemming, who went 3-for-5, while Matt Easterday, the Southern Conference’s leading hitter, added two hits.
Georgia Southern starter Brett Lewis (6-4) took the loss, surrendering seven runs in two innings of work.
Georgia Tech will return to Atlantic Coast Conference play this weekend when the first place Yellow Jackets travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to play second place Florida State. The three-game series begins on Friday at 7 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium.