Georgia, Ga. Tech survive opening NCAA games
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.