LAWRENCEVILLE, GA .—— The 14th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs blasted No. 19 Georgia Tech 12-3 Sunday in front of a Coolray crowd of 9,942 in the 19th annual Spring Classic For Kids.
After being shutout Saturday in Athens, the Bulldogs (9-2) scored in five different frames and got started in the first to defeat the Yellow Jackets (10-2). Bulldog sophomore Parks Harber drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk to put the Bulldogs in front 1-0 as he would go on to have a career-high 4 RBI on the afternoon. It scored Corey Collins who reached on a walk, took second on a base hit by Connor Tate and went to third when Cole Wagner was hit by a pitch.
In the third, Harber delivered again, smashing a 3-2 offering over the centerfield wall for a 3-0 lead. It was his second home run of the year. In the fourth, Tech right fielder Stephen Reid connected for his third home run of the year to cut Georgia’s lead to 3-1. Georgia got the run back in the fifth as Collins blasted his second home run of the series and third on the year, a solo shot to make it 4-1.
“I was proud of the way we responded today, the guys toughed out some at bats,” said Georgia’s Ike Cousins head baseball coach. Scott Stricklin. “We played a really good team the past three days. I’m glad we got the win today and that will give us some momentum going into next week. We wanted to get their starter out and get to the bullpen like we did Saturday, but yesterday we couldn’t come up with the big hit when we had chances. Today, we got some big hits, and our defense played really well too. Overall, it was two really good teams playing and fortunately, we won today. “
Sophomore redshirt Garrett Brown started for the Bulldogs and provided three scoreless frames with three walks and a strikeout. Sophomore Luke Wagner began the fourth and went two innings and surrendered one run with two walks and three strikeouts to improve to 4-0 on the year in 9.1 innings pitched. Tech loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, and Wagner came back to strike out Drew Compton and Collin Hall to maintain a 4-1 advantage. Sophomore left-hander Collin Caldwell began the sixth for the Bulldogs. Tech pushed across a run and was looking for more when it loaded the bases with two outs. However, Caldwell came back to remove Tres Gonzalez. Tech loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh and managed one run on a walk. Sophomore Hank Bearden came on and retired Kevin Parada on the first pitch as the Bulldogs led 10-3 going to the eighth.
Georgia broke open the game in the seventh, batting around and scoring six runs on five hits. In the frame, Collins added a two-run single while Cole TateHarber and Garrett Blaylock also notched RBI to build a 10-2 lead. Fernando Gonzalez added a two-out run-scoring single in the ninth and a Tech error provided the final run. Senior Jack Gowen took care of the ninth for the Bulldogs.
Georgia is back in action Tuesday at SRP Park in North Augusta, SC, when it begins a two-game set with Georgia Southern. First pitch will be at 6:35 pm, and then the series concludes on Wednesday in Statesboro with a 6 pm start.