ATHENS — Georgia baseball avenged an earlier season loss to Georgia Tech Tuesday night, all the Bulldogs taking a turn getting their licks in.
Each of the starters for No. 2-ranked Georgia (28-6) recorded a hit en route to a 12-2 victory over the No. 17 ranked Yellow Jackets (22-11) at Foley Field.
“I thought that arguably our best performance of the year all the way around,” said UGA coach Scott Stricklin, whose team has won six of its last seven and has the program’s highest ranking in 10 years.
Tucker Maxwell set the tone with a lead-off home run for the Bulldogs in the opening frame, the first of 14 hits.
First baseman Patrick Sullivan marked his return from a March 19 concussion with a home run in the second inning, bringing a near-capacity crowd of 3,009 to its feet.
The Bulldogs batted around in the seventh en route to a hit parade that filtered through eight Tech pitchers after Amos Willingham (4-2) was chased after two innings.
UGA junior right-hander Tim Elliott ran his record to 5-1 in the circle. Elliot threw seven innings, allowing five hits while striking out six. Justin Glover came on for a scoreless eighth before James Williams and Christian Ryder worked the ninth.
Georgia sophomore catcher Mason Meadows was in his first game back since taking a foul ball to the face and sustaining facial fractures on March 24.
Meadows caught the first six of Elliott’s first seven innings, going 1-for-3 at the plate with a single to right field in the fourth inning.
“It was huge for Patrick and Mason to be back today, it lifted our team a little bit,” Stricklin said. “When the guys came in here today about 2, and they see Mason and Sullivan in the lineup, it gave us a little pep in our step.
“Patrick has been out for three weeks and Mason’s been out for two weeks, and everyone knows what they’ve gone through.”
The Georgia players also remembered what they went through in the first meeting this season against Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets dugout got a little too rambunctious for the Bulldogs’ liking in an 11-2 rain-shortened win in Atlanta on March 26.
Georgia’s Tech’s win earlier this season snapped what had been a six-game win streak in the series for the Bulldogs.
The teams meet again at SunTrust Park on April 23 in the 17th annual neutral site clash, this one benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Georgia returns to action at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Tennessee in the first of a three-game set against the Vols.
The Bulldogs No. 2 ranking is their highest in the polls since 2009, when they were No. 1 for five weeks.
Georgia baseball coach Scott Stricklin