Ge­or­gia, Ga. Tech sur­vive open­ing NCAA games

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The open­ing games in the NCAA base­ball tour­na­ment treated both of Ge­or­gia’s ri­vals well, and additional good luck was hoped for over the week­end at press time.

Both Ge­or­gia and Ge­or­gia Tech’s teams took wins to open the tour­na­ment last Friday, and were set to play on Satur­day as the pa­per was wrap­ping up over the week­end.

In Atlanta, host Ge­or­gia Tech beat Florida A&M 13-2 in NCAA re­gional ac­tion last Friday night.

Ge­or­gia Tech (42-17) saw Tristin English drive in five runs on four hits, and Amos Willing­ham al­lowed only two runs in six in­nings of work for the win over the Rat­tlers.

They were set to play Auburn on Satur­day night. Florida A&M (27-33) was fac­ing Coastal Carolina in an elim­i­na­tion game over the week­end.

The Rat­tlers were hurt by four er­rors. Five Florida A&M pitch­ers com­bined to is­sue 13 walks, in­clud­ing seven in 5 2/3 in­nings by starter Kyle Cole­man (6-6), who al­lowed five runs.

The Yel­low Jack­ets led only 5-2 be­fore English had a run­scor­ing sin­gle and Colin Hall drove in two runs with a bases­loaded sin­gle in a five-run sev­enth. English drove in three runs with a bases-loaded dou­ble in the eighth.

Willing­ham (8-2) al­lowed six hits and two walks.

Ryan Coscarella sin­gled in a run in Florida A&M’s two-run fifth.

A cou­ple hours drive away in Athens, Ge­or­gia base­ball fans were also cel­e­brat­ing a big win.

Tucker Maxwell dou­bled and hit a grand slam in Ge­or­gia’s eight-run first in­ning and Aaron Schunk hit two homers to lead the host Bull­dogs to a 13-3 win over Mercer last Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Athens re­gional.

Tony Lo­cey (11-2) al­lowed only three hits with one walk and seven strike­outs in five score­less in­nings for Ge­or­gia (45-15). The Bull­dogs were set to play Florida State last Satur­day night after the pa­per was wrap­ping up in the dou­blee­l­im­i­na­tion re­gional.

Lo­cey’s Ge­or­gia room­mate and Hous­ton County High School base­ball team­mate, Ge­or­gia quar­ter­back Jake Fromm, led the cheers for the Bull­dogs.

Tan­ner Hall (8-6) didn’t sur­vive the first in­ning for Mercer (35-28). Hall recorded two outs while giv­ing up six runs.

Maxwell had three hits and drove in six runs. Schunk hit a two-run homer in the first in­ning and a three-run blast in the third.

Mercer’s Kyle Dockus hit a three-run homer off Logan Moody in the sev­enth.

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