ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia’s baseball team didn’t need a history lesson from Coach David Perno concerning the recent series history against rival Georgia Tech, but he gave them one anyway.
Prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Yellow Jackets, Perno reminded the Bulldogs of how Tech’s recent series dominance -- the Jackets had won five of the last six meetings and four in a row at Foley Field -- could damage their postseason prospects if it continued.
“They know it. They heard it from me more than once and they heard it after the game,” Perno said. “No question, it’s a big series. It’s very important games. And it’s not just Georgia-Georgia Tech. You’re talking postseason implications, potentially [NCAA regional] host situations, so there’s a lot at stake in this series and that’s the way we like it.”
They like it much more after Tuesday’s 7-1 win snapped Tech’s winning streak in Athens and gave the 17th-ranked Bulldogs (16-6) a second consecutive win against the 14th-ranked Jackets (14-7).
The Bulldogs got that win by using two big innings -- a four-run second and a three-run sixth -- to build a big lead while six Georgia pitchers combined to limit Tech’s explosive offense to eight hits and one run.
David Sosebee (2-0) earned the win, pitching the first three innings and allowing one hit and no runs.
He benefited from the lead Georgia built in the second, when Brett DeLoach started the scoring with a towering solo home run over the trees lining the left-field fence. Curt Powell added an RBI grounder and Conor Welton made it 4-0 with a two-run single.
“I played with about 10 of these guys growing up. A couple of them went to my high school,” Welton said. “We know all of them, so when you beat them it’s a big deal.”
After Tech scored its only run in the sixth inning, Georgia responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Bulldogs scored on a Powell RBI single, a wild pitch and an error in the inning.
And while that outburst gave the Bulldogs a commanding lead, Powell said it was DeLoach’s homer, which accounted for the game’s first run, that got the offense clicking.
“That got everything going,” said Powell, who finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs. “As soon as he hit that, it was like a relief. We got the early lead and when he hit that ball, it definitely put the pitcher in a tough situation, so it definitely helped us out a lot.”
Tech’s Zane Evans (0-1) took the loss, allowing six hits and four runs in four innings.
Powell and Levi Hyams (2-for-4, one run) were the only Bulldogs with multiple hits. Sam Dove went 2-for-3 and Jake Davies went 1-for-4 with an RBI for Tech.