Yellow Jackets rout Bulldogs 7-0 to clinch series
ATHENS, GA. — It wasn’t a pretty day for Georgia’s offense as its bats went silent in a 7-0 loss to No. 19 Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Yellow Jackets’ starting pitcher Zach Maxwell shut down the No. 16 Bulldogs by striking out seven in three innings of work. He also limited Georgia to two hits and zero runs, despite giving up six.
"Our approach wasn't very good,” Georgia head coach Scott Stricklin said. “Their pitchers threw the ball well.”
Bulldog sophomore Liam Sullivan (1-1) was the losing pitcher after going 2.2 innings and giving up three hits. He also walked two batters and only struck out one on Saturday.
The Yellow Jackets went to work in the top half of the third, scoring two runs off of Sullivan. Tres Gonzalez and Drew Compton had consecutive singles that gave Georgia Tech a 2-0 lead. Georgia brought Michael Polk in relief of Sullivan in the third inning. The right-hander stranded two runners to end the threat heading to the fourth.
Georgia Tech’s Cody Carwile replaced Maxwell in the top of the fourth and he cruised for the next three innings. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound left-hander struck out seven while giving up six walks. Carwile only limited the Bulldogs to two hits and gave up zero runs.
Georgia had plenty of chances to score early, although it stranded five runners in scoring position. The Bulldogs only had three batters reach base following the third inning as Georgia Tech added more runs in the seventh and ninth innings. Georgia was limited to just four hits in the contest.
“We’ve got to get better,” Stricklin said. “There's no question about it. We got to show some toughness and bounce back tomorrow."
Georgia and Georgia Tech conclude the regular-season series Sunday at 2 p.m. ET at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Ga.