Just like football, basketball and oh what the heck, ice hockey as well.
Georgia added to its year of athletic mastery of Georgia Tech on Tuesday night at Foley Field, besting the Yellow Jackets 4-0. The Bulldogs have now topped Tech in four games in a row on the baseball diamond.
And as has been the case in recent weeks for the Bulldogs (22-7), the job got taken care of with clutch hitting and dominant pitching. Tony Locey, Kevin Smith, Zac Kristofak and Aaron Schunk combined to shut Tech out. It’s Georgia’s fourth shutout in six games and sixth overall this year.
Midweek games can be a peculiar thing at times in college baseball. They may not count toward conference standings position, but the contests open the door to keeping momentum going and also provide chances for pitching staffs to get work in.
It helps when those pitchers are on point as they were Tuesday for Georgia. Locey’s start through two innings featured four strikeouts out of seven batters. Locey has not been scored on in 13.1 innings. He then gave way to Kevin Smith, who kept Tech scoreless as well, striking out nine in 4.1 innings as he ate up the meat of the game before the late-inning combo of Kristofak and Schunk sealed yet another win.
Georgia’s pitchers didn’t have much of a cushion through six innings in what turned out for a time to be a pitcher’s duel with Tech’s Braden Hurter and 1-0 Georgia lead. That is until a trio of runs were pushed across by way of five baserunners in a row. LJ Talley, Mason Meadows and Tucker Maxwell reached to load the bases and chase Hurter from the mound. Schunk, Keegan McGovern and Michael Curry each singled for three Georgia runs and the final margin.
There’s no rest of the weary for the Bulldogs. Next up is a series at Vanderbilt starting Thursday.