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COLLEGE BASEBALL: Esmonde gets win for UGA

ATHENS -- The Georgia baseball team broke a 3-3 tie with an eight-run outburst in the seventh inning of its Foley Field opener Wednesday against Presbyterian to cruise to an 11-3 victory.

The Bulldogs (3-2) had five doubles in the big inning to pace a 15-hit attack over the Blue Hose (1-3). Georgia sophomore left fielder Johnathan Taylor notched three hits while freshman shortstop Kyle Farmer had two of the team's seven doubles on the night.

Georgia used eight pitchers with senior reliever Steve Esmonde, a Parkview grad, picking up the win.

"We got off to a great start and had a good finish, but we have to work on making innings toughter for the opposing pitchers," said Georgia head coach David Perno. "We just need to keep executing, playing small ball and moving runners, and if we do that, offensively, we shouldn't have any problem scoring runs and staying in games."

Georgia Tech 8, Georgia Southern 5

STATESBORO -- Led by sophomore Jacob Esch's three-RBI day, the No. 3 Georgia Tech baseball team scored five runs in the final two innings for an 8-5 win over Georgia Southern Wednesday afternoon at J.J. Clements Stadium.

Esch, who was 3-for-5 at the plate on the day, drove in two of his three RBIs in a three-run top of the ninth for the Yellow Jackets, who move to 5-0 on the season. Georgia Southern falls to 1-4.

"I was very impressed with the way our hitters came out today, especially against Georgia Southern's ace pitcher," Tech head coach Danny Hall said. "(Buford grad) Chase (Burnette) and Jacob (Esch), along with Cole Leonida came through with some very key at-bats in the end and our pitching staff had a great effort out there."

Junior left-hander Zach Brewster picked up the win on the mound, pitching one inning of relief and striking out two batters.

Senior Tony Plagman, a Wesleyan grad, put the Jackets on board in the top of the first, with a two-run homer to right field, breaking a two-game, 10 at-bat hitless streak.

The home run for Plagman was his fourth of the season and the 38th of his career.

Burnette had a double to score Plagman from second later in the game. Plagman put himself in scoring position with a single to right field and then a steal just one pitch later.