Curt Powell went 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
April 24, 2012
ATLANTA-----Kyle Wren's two-out RBI double in the top of the ninth lifted Georgia Tech to a 4-3 win over Georgia in the 10th annual Kaufmann Tire Spring Baseball Classic for Kids in front of 19,669 fans Tuesday night at Turner Field.
Georgia Tech's ninth inning rally started with two outs and nobody on as Mott Hyde singled for his third hit of the game then scored on the double by Wren as the Yellow Jackets (25-17) evened the season series against the Bulldogs (24-18).
Georgia outhit the Yellow Jackets 8-7, but was just 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
"It's frustrating," said Georgia head coach David Perno. "We got off to a good start and (Blake) Dieterich did a pretty good job, but we're not picking each other up, and we're doing a real poor job with runners in scoring position. No one is really stepping up at all. We have to be able to adjust as hitters, and we aren't doing that right now."
Alex Cruz (5-1) pitched the final three innings in relief for to pick up the win, while Georgia's Brian Benzor (4-3) took the loss, allowing a run in 1.2 innings.
Hyde was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Wren had a pair of hits in the leadoff spot for Georgia Tech.
Georgia took an early lead following a leadoff double by Conor Welton in the bottom of the first. After a sacrifice bunt by Ward, Welton scored on a Kyle Farmer groundout to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
Georgia Tech then took advantage of a leadoff double of its own to tie the score at 1-1 in the third. UGA threatened in the bottom of the fourth, putting runners on second and third with one out, but Tech got out of the jam with a lineout and a strikeout.
The Yellow Jackets had a chance to take the lead the next inning, but Bulldog reliever Pete Nagel struck out Sam Dove with runners on second and third to end the threat.
Georgia regained the lead in the bottom half of the fifth. Powell led off with a double, then came around to score on an RBI single by Ward to make it 2-1.
Georgia Tech took its first lead in the top of the seventh on a two-out, two-run home run by Hyde that hit the top of the wall and bounced over. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Bulldogs loaded the basis in the bottom of the seventh, and an RBI groundout by Levi Hyams scored Ward to tie the game at 3-3.
Dieterich surrendered only one run on three hits in 4.2 innings in his second start of the season.
The Bulldogs return to SEC action Friday for the first of a three-game series with fourth- ranked LSU (32-9, 12-6 SEC). First pitch at Alex Box Stadium is slated for 8:07 p.m. ET, and all three contests will be televised with Sunday's game on ESPN2.