Georgia Tech gets by Louisville
By Phil Stanton
ATHENS, Ga. – The Yellow Jackets had the
answer when they needed it.
After third-seeded Louisville scored three in the
sixth to take the lead, No. 2 Georgia Tech answered with a pair
in the bottom of the frame to reclaim the advantage on its way
to an 8-5 win in the first round of the Athens Regional Friday
at Foley Field.
"It was a great way for us to start the
tournament," said Tech head coach Danny Hall. "I’m proud of the
way they played and battled. We beat a very good Louisville
The Yellow Jackets (40-19) will meet
fourth-seeded Lipscomb at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Cardinals (41-20)
will face top-seeded Georgia at 3 p.m. in an elimination game.
The Yellow Jackets manufactured a run in the
first as Charlie Blackmon drew a leadoff walk, moved to second
on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by
Luke Murton. Tech added a run in the second with two outs as
Jason Haniger singled and scored on a base hit by Blackmon to
make it 2-0.
Louisville used the long ball to take the lead in
the top of the sixth. After John Dao had a leadoff double and
moved to third on a groundout, Justin McClanahan homered to left
to even the score. One batter later, Chris Dominguez hit his 21st
dinger to put the Cards on top 3-2.
The Jackets responded immediately. Blackmon had
an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth and a second run came
in on an error as the Jackets reclaimed the lead at 4-3.
Haniger’s two-run homer capped a three-run
seventh as Tech took command at 7-3.
McClanahan went deep again in the eighth, his 12th,
to make it a three-run game.
Tech scored its final run in the eighth as Chase
Burnette drew a leadoff walk and scored on an error to make it
8-4. UL scored its final run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by
Haniger went 3 for 4 with three runs and two RBI
for Tech. Blackmon finished with three hits, one run and one RBI
for the Jackets.
McClanahan was 3 for 4 for the Cards with two
homers, two runs and three RBI.