Tech trounces Bulldogs 25-6

ATHENS -- Georgia Tech walked away with the latest installment of its baseball rivalry with Georgia.

The Yellow Jackets drew 14 bases on balls, along with pounding out 25 hits, to roll to a 25-6 win over the Bulldogs before 3,176 fans at Foley Field on Wednesday night.

Wesleyan grad Tony Plagman went 4-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBIs, while Buford grad Chase Burnette was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases as the fifth-ranked Jackets (28-5) won their third straight regular season trip to Foley Field.

Even reserves like Connor Winn got into the act as the Wesleyan grad blasted a two-run homer to cap a night in which Tech scored the most runs it has ever posted against its in-state archrival.

Parkview grad Zach Cone was one of the few bright spots for the Bulldogs (11-22) on the evening by going 2-for-4 with a homer and a pair of RBIs.

But 10 Georgia pitchers had trouble finding the strike zone all evening.

Tech took advantage when the first of them, starter Eric Swegman (0-3), walked Jeff Rowland and Derek Dietrich to lead off the game.

Plagman then drove in a run with a single and Dietrich came home when Plagman was caught in a rundown between first and second on a hit-and-run play, giving the Jackets a 2-0 lead.

The 6-foot-2, 217-pound senior wasn't done.

With one out in the third, he launched the first offering he saw from Parkview grad Steve Esmonde -- who came on for Swegman in the first -- over the 385-foot mark in right-center for a solo homer to extend the Tech lead to 3-0.

The blast was his 13th of the season and the 47th of his Tech career, leaving him just 10 behind Jason Varitek's school record.

Plagman's homer also ignited a run of four straight hits, including Matt Skole's RBI triple into the corner and Burnette's RBI single, that made Tech's lead 5-0 and chased Esmonde.

The Jackets added another on Jacob Esch's RBI single later in the inning to stretch the lead to 6-0.

But after an error on what could have been an inning-ending double play, Georgia climbed right back into the game in the bottom of the inning, thanks in no small part to Cone.

The sophomore centerfielder followed Kyle Farmer's two-run double by rocketing a 1-0 pitch from Mark Pope deep into the trees beyond the left-field fence for his eighth homer of the year, pulling the Bulldogs to within 6-4.

Georgia had a chance to cut even further into the deficit after Robert Shipman and Zach Taylor followed with singles.

But Pope got Christian Glisson to hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning, and Tech answered in the top of the fourth with some early thunder and more wildness from the Bulldog pitching staff.

Plagman's RBI double was one of three hits in the inning, while the Jackets also drew five walks and went through three Georgia pitchers in sending 12 men to the plate, seven of which touched the plate in pushing the lead to 13-4.

That was more than enough run support for Pope (5-0), who struggled at times, but went six innings, giving up 10 hits and four earned runs with four strikeouts to pick up the win.