Walks, Strikeouts hold Bulldogs back as they fall to Tech 7-5

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Georgia drops the midweek contest to Georgia Tech 7-5 as the Bulldog pitchers just could not find their control on Tuesday night. They fall to 26-14 (9-9 SEC).

The trouble started in the top of the 1st as Hank Bearden would walk the first two Tech batters before allowing a one-out 3-run home run to Justyn-Henry Malloy. Charlie Goldstein would relieve Bearden after just 1/3 of an inning.

The Jackets would add another in the 3rd on a Brad Grenkoski single after another walk and a single. Georgia would get one back quickly as Parks Harbor gets an RBI groundout after a Chaney Rogers leadoff triple. Cole Tate would drive in one more before the end of the inning.

Georgia would once again walk the first two batters in the top of the 4th before Tech would add two more on a passed ball and an RBI single by Drew Compton. 6-2 Jackets.

The Bulldogs would answer quickly in the bottom half as Parks Harbor drives in two on a double to left.

It would be quiet until the bottom of the 8th as the Dawgs cut the lead to just one on a laser home run by Ben Anderson. 6-5 Jackets.

Austin Wilhite would seal the deal for Tech with an RBI double to center.

Takeaways:

This was a game that the Dawgs needed as they need to compile as many wins as they can with a tough stretch of conference series coming up in the next month.

Georgia pitchers would walk ten Tech batters and two more would reach base via hit by pitch. That’s twelve unforced baserunners that would ultimately be the difference in the game.

It’s hard to say that the offense struggled, scoring five runs, but there were moments in the game where they left runners on base when they needed to take advantage of the momentum. They would also strike out ten times on Tuesday night.

Looking ahead:

Georgia will host Auburn before traveling to take on Arkansas and a Florida team that is putting together some of their best play of the season before visiting Atlanta to take on Tech in the finale of the season series and finishing out the season with a home series against Ole Miss.

Currently looking at a 2 seed in the postseason, Georgia could slip quickly if they were to drop the majority of the conference series remaining. Although the experienced offense has shown this year that they are willing to step up against tough opponents.

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