ATLANTA (Mar. 29) – Sophomore third baseman Mark Teixeira went 4-for-5 with four RBI on Wednesday afternoon, as Georgia Tech downed Charleston Southern, 12-5, at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Jackets (20-8) pounded out 18 hits in the contest, and scored in six of their eight trips to the plate, including each of the first four innings.
Tech opened a 1-0 in the first, as Richard Lewis scored on a throwing error by CSU first baseman Brandon Massey. After the Buccaneers knotted the score at 1-1 in the top of the second, Tech plated a pair in the their half of the second on RBI singles by Lewis and Wes Rynders.
An RBI single by Brad Stockton and two-run home run by Jason Basil in the third increased the Tech lead to 6-1, while the Jackets upped their lead to 8-1 in the fourth on a two-run single by Teixeira.
CSU (14-20-1) mounted a rally in the top of the sixth, scoring three times, to close within 8-4. Tech answered back with a pair in the bottom half of the inning on RBI singles by Teixeira and Derik Goffena, and two in the seventh on an RBI triple by Teixeira and single by Bryan Prince.
Freshman right-hander Phillip Perry (1-0) picked up his first career victory on the mound for Tech, having allowed four runs, three earned, and two hits over five innings.
Starter Chad Humbert (1-6) took the loss for Charleston Southern, having allowed six runs, five earned, and seven hits in his three innings of work.
Richard Lewis added three hits for the Jackets, extending his hitting streak to 18 games, and increasing his batting average to .495.
The Jackets return to action on Friday night at 7 p.m., as Tech visits N.C. State in the opener of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference set at Doak Field in Raleigh.