The No. 4 Georgia baseball team dropped a game to rival Georgia Tech on Tuesday night, losing 11-2. The game, played at Georgia Tech’s Russ Chandler Stadium, was called off in the seventh inning due to rain in the Atlanta area.
The loss for the Bulldogs drops them to 21-4 on the season. This is Georgia’s first loss to Tech since the 2016 season, as the Bulldogs swept the three game series against the Yellow Jackets in each of the past two seasons.
The Bulldogs held the lead early, but things unraveled when they turned to the bullpen. Georgia held a 2-1 lead when starter Tim Elliott left the game after 4 1/3 innings. The Georgia relievers gave up 6 runs in the fifth inning, which gave the Yellow Jackets a 7-2 edge by the time the third out was record.
Georgia Tech added on 4 more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to push the lead to 11-2. Georgia scored both of its runs in the opening inning, as the Bulldogs got three doubles to start things off. But the team managed just 6 hits off of Georgia Tech starter Amos Willingham, who didn’t give up a run after the first inning.
“We’ve had success against Tech in the past but that doesn’t carry over to this game just like this game won’t carry over to the next one in Athens or when we play them at SunTrust,” Georgia baseball coach Scott Stricklin said after the game.
Georgia will get another crack at Georgia Tech on April 9, when the Bulldogs host the Yellow Jackets at Foley Field. The two rivals will meet for a third time on April 23, when the two sides play at SunTrust Park in Atlanta.
The Bulldogs will look to bounce back on Thursday, when they visit the Kentucky Wildcats for the first game of a three game series. Georgia has gotten off to a 5-1 start in SEC play, which has them tied for first in the SEC East standings.