March 22, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. --- The 12th-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets won their 13th straight game Tuesday, defeating Georgia 15-6 before a crowd of 2,639 at Foley Field.
The Bulldogs (9-12) marched nine pitchers to the mound as the Yellow Jackets (18-4) collected 15 hits including a 5-for-5, 8 RBI-performance from third baseman Matt Skole.
"I'm just disappointed," said Bulldog head coach David Perno. "I don't know what to say right now. Obviously, we need to make some changes, but I'm just not sure if we have the pieces. It's a shame to spoil a good start by [Chase] Hawkins," said Perno. "We had too many two-out walks, and you can't expect success when that happens. If this isn't a wake up call for these guys, I don't know what will do it."
Georgia Tech struck first in the fourth on a solo home run by Skole and later in the contest he added a grand slam to cap a career night. Tech starter Matt Grimes (4-1) worked a career-high six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and no walks to pick up a victory. Senior reliever John Herman (1-3) took the loss for Georgia, allowing two runs on one hit in 0.2 innings. Hawkins went four innings and allowed two runs on four hits with two strikeouts.
The Yellow Jackets then surged to a 9-2 lead by scoring three runs in the fifth and sixth innings and added two more in the seventh.
In the bottom of the eight, Georgia cut into the lead with four runs. The inning saw four consecutive hits by Conor Welton, Levi Hyams, Zach Cone and Chase Davidson. Farmer added an RBI-groundout in the inning.
Six runs in the Tech ninth including a grand-slam by Skole pushed the Yellow Jacket lead to nine. Georgia junior reliever Tyler Maloof allowed six runs on three hits in the final frame including three walks and three hit batters. He is seven-for-seven in save chances this season but Tuesday was the first time this year he pitched in a non-save situation. Ruiz, who started in right field and also played first-base, came on to end the Tech rally with a strikeout.
Next up for Georgia is a three-game home series against ninth-ranked LSU Tigers, starting Friday at 7:30 p.m. on WSB-TV.