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Buford grad Nick Wilhite swings during Georgia Tech's win over Florida A&M in the NCAA Atlanta Regional on Friday.

ATLANTA — In front of a sold-out crowd at Russ Chandler Stadium, Georgia Tech’s baseball used five multi-hit performances to rout Florida A&M 13-2 on Friday night in its opening game of the NCAA Atlanta Regional.

The Yellow Jackets (42-17), seeded third nationally, got another impressive start out of right-hander Amos Willingham (8-2), who surrendered just two runs on six hits over six innings of work, striking out four. Pitchers Jonathan Hughes, Jake Lee and Robert Winborne then combined for three innings of one-hit relief to finish the game.

Offensively, Tech got the job done with small ball, only amassing one extra-base hit on the night – a good one, a three-run double by Tristin English. English led the way with a 4-for-4, five-RBI effort, while Wesleyan grad Colin Hall had three hits and two RBIs. Michael Guldberg, Kyle McCann and Buford grad Austin Wilhite all finished with two hits.

Luke Waddell extended his reached-base streak to 37 straight games.

The Rattlers’ (27-33) Kyle Coleman (6-6) took the loss after throwing 129 pitches over 5 2/3 innings. Leading the way at the plate for FAMU was Seyjuan Lawrence, who had two hits.

Georgia Tech improved to 20-5 over its last 25 games and 12-3 in the month of May.