ATHENS — Tenth-ranked Georgia Tech scored eight runs in the first three innings and cruised to an 11-6 win over top-ranked Georgia in front of 4,077 fans Tuesday at Foley Field.
Freshman Colby May went 3-for-4 with a walk to lead the Bulldogs (29-7) while Levi Hyams, Bryce Massanari and Johnathan Taylor added two hits each including home runs by Hyams and Massanari. Joey Lewis and Michael Demperio also homered.
Jason Haniger went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI for Georgia Tech (22-9-1). Zach Brewster, a North Hall High graduate, recorded the final two outs in the ninth inning to preserve the Yellow Jackets' win.
"We pushed them as much as we could push them," Georgia coach David Perno said. "You can’t get down on a good team like that. There is no margin for error. It was disappointing but our kids are accountable and they know that we just have to play better."
Haniger’s two-run blast in the first inning gave Georgia Tech a 2-0 lead, and Jeff Rowland tripled down the right field line in the second inning to drive in two more runs and make it 4-0. Rowland later scored on a sacrifice fly and the Yellow Jackets led 5-0 after an inning and a half.
In the bottom of the second, Zach Cone drew a leadoff walk followed by a two-run home run by Demperio to cut the lead to three, but a three-run blast by Georgia Tech’s Cole Leonida in the third extended the lead to 8-2. The Jackets added a run in the top of the sixth.
Lewis belted his 12th home run of the season in the sixth, and Georgia added a pair of runs in the seventh. Hyams led off with his fourth home run, and Massanari singled in a run with the bases loaded and no outs. Tech got out of the jam with a popup and two strikeouts.
The Yellow Jackets’ Matt Skole hit a two-run blast in the ninth, and Massanari connected on his 11th home run in the bottom of the inning for the final margin.
Jed Bradley (2-2) tossed six innings and allowed five runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts to earn the win. Chase Hawkins (3-2) allowed five runs on six hits in two innings to take the loss for the Bulldogs.
Georgia dropped to 24-1 when scoring at least six runs.
Georgia plays host to Arkansas in a three-game series beginning at 7 p.m. Friday. The Bulldogs have a half-game lead over the Razorbacks in the overall SEC standings.