ATLANTA — A four-run fifth inning sealed a 6-2, game-one win for No. 3 Georgia Tech over Georgia Southern on Tuesday at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The non-conference foes traded runs and the lead in the first and third innings. A Kyle Blackburn double down the right field line gave GSU (21-16) the early advantage when it plated Arthur Owens. To open the contest, Owens singled to the pitcher’s mound and advanced a base on a Kevin Bowles groundout. The double from Blackburn followed to hand the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
But the home squad knotted the score in the bottom half of the frame. Jeff Rowland led off with a double to right for GT and a throwing error from right field allowed the junior to reach third. Rowland scored in the next at-bat on a single off the bat of Derek Dietrich. Eagle starter Matt Murray worked his way out of a jam stranding Dietrich on third base with a fly out, pop up and groundout.
After a scoreless second, the teams tossed runs back-and-forth in the third when Randy J. Williams opened with another Eagle double. Owens followed with a single to right field moving Williams to third base who then scored when Bowles drilled a single back to the pitcher as the Eagles took a 2-1 lead.
Tech’s Tony Plagman scored in the third on a Chase Burnette single to right field.
A four-run fifth inning would seal the non-conference win for GT. Dietrich gave the Yellow Jackets the only run they would need for the win with a solo home run to right center to leadoff.
GT manufactured its second run of the inning using a walk, single and fielder’s choice for a 4-2 lead with one out.