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No. 3 Tech pours it on GSU, completes season sweep

            ATLANTA — Kyle Blackburn drove in two runs as Georgia Southern fell to No. 3 Georgia Tech in a non-conference meeting Wednesday at Russ Chandler Stadium. An eighth-run fifth frame preserved an 18-4 win as GT improved to 33-5.

            The Eagles, who return to J.I. Clements Stadium this weekend, dropped to 21-17.

            Kevin Bowles drove in the first Georgia Southern run and was one of five Eagles to hit successfully in the ballgame. Blackburn went 1-for-5 with two RBI, while Bowles collected one RBI as did A.J. Wirnsberger.

            The Eagles posted a pair of runs in the third and added two more in the fifth and sixth, but five Yellow Jacket runs within the first two innings capped by an eight-run fifth and three late sealed the in-state win.

 Georgia Southern struck in the top of the third capitalizing on two walks from Shawn Payne and Arthur Owens.

            Bowles drove the first run in on a ground-rule double down the right field line that bounced into the bullpen, scoring Payne and moving Owens to third. Blackburn batted a run in on a groundout to second that plated Owens for a 5-2 score.

            GT answered with a pair of runs of their own using three hits — two doubles and a single — in the bottom half of the frame.  In the fifth, Bowles scored on a Blackburn double to right center, cutting the deficit to 7-3.

            But the Yellow Jackets’ response was an eight-run fifth in which GT sent 12 batters to the plate recording six hits — three singles, one double, one triple and one home run.