Baseball Falls to Georgia at Turner Field

May 12, 2015
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech
(32-19)
Game 51
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Georgia
(25-26)
WP: Jared Walsh (5-2) | LP: Cole Pitts (0-6) | SV: None

Box Score

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TECH STARTERS: Innis/LF, Bailey/2B, Gonzalez/3B, Murray/RF, Johnson/DH, Smith/1B, Peurifoy/CF, Pabst/C, Justus/SS, Pitts/SP.

UGA STARTERS: Wrenn/CF, McGovern/LF, Walsh/P, Nichols/1B, Stephens/C, Weber/RF, Webb/3B, King/SS, Logan/2B.

THE BASICS:
• In the 13th Annual Kauffman Tire Spring Classic for Kids at Turner Field on Tuesday night, Georgia beat Georgia Tech, 6-0, to even the season series.
• The attendance at Tuesday's game of 18,792 made it the largest-attended college baseball game this season.
• The loss dropped the Yellow Jackets to 32-19, while the Bulldogs improved to 25-26.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
• Georgia pushed a run across in the first inning, thanks to a sac fly from Daniel Nichols to score Keegan McGovern, who singled with one out followed by a Jared Walsh double.
• Tech starter Cole Pitts settled in and kept Georgia at bay over the next four innings, but got no support from his offense.
• Walsh, who started on the mound and was the designated hitter, tossed a one-hit shutout over his five innings with six strikeouts.
• Nichols made it 4-0 in the sixth thanks to a three-run blast to right-center field, and the Bulldogs tacked on runs in the seventh and ninth.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
• The game was the 364th all-time meeting between Tech and Georgia in baseball, with the Bulldogs leading 202-160-2. Tech had won three straight and six of the last nine.
• The attendance of 18,792 surpasses the crowd of 16,276 at Minute Maid Park in Houston on March 5 for the Houston College Classic as the largest crowd in college baseball this season.
• The crowd was the eighth-largest in the 13-year history of the Georgia Tech-Georgia game played at Turner Field.
• The hitting streaks for Matt Gonzalez (13 games) and A.J. Murray (seven) were each snapped.
• The start for Murray was his 100th consecutive.
• Rookie Wade Bailey was on base twice via a single and a walk.
• Tech left seven runners stranded in the game and was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
• Walsh earned the win (5-2), while four Georgia relievers kept the shutout in order.
• Pitts was hung the tough-luck loss (0-6).
• Tech beat Georgia, 13-6, in Athens in March, but the game at Russ Chandler Stadium was rained out and will not be re-rescheduled, meaning the season series will end tied at 1-1. It's the first time since 2009 that all three games in the series were not played.

QUOTEABLE:
"We had some opportunities, but they did a good job keeping us from scoring. I felt that was the best Cole Pitts has thrown. He made a bad pitch to Nichols, and to his credit, he hit it out and that blew the game open. But we just couldn't get going offensively to make the game competitive."
--Head Coach Danny Hall

UP NEXT: The Yellow Jackets head to Miami to finish the regular season with a series in Coral Gables. Thursday's series opener is set for 7 p.m. and all three games will air on ESPN3. Tech could clinch an ACC Tournament spot with a win on Thursday combined with a Wake Forest loss to Duke.