ATLANTA – The Georgia State baseball team saw its four-game winning streak come to a halt Tuesday night, as No. 17 Georgia Tech won 12-1 at Russ Chandler Stadium in a non-conference matchup.
Georgia Tech (18-5) took advantage of State starter Adam Knight’s wildness in the first inning to score two runs. With the bases loaded, Derek Dietrich singled through the right side to bring in a pair of runs. An inning later, Dietrich came up with the bases loaded but Knight (record) got the shortstop out on strikes to prevent any further damage.
Bradley Logan led off the second for the Panthers (14-8) with a double to right center. Logan moved to third on a passed ball, scoring on Marc Mimeault’s groundout to the shortstop. The Yellow Jackets got back the run in the third off Luke Murton’s double to left, giving Tech a 3-1 lead.
The tide turned in the fourth inning, as Tech scored six runs on three hits. Knight (1-2) was relieved by Bobby Bennett after issuing a leadoff walk to Thomas Nichols. Bennett hit Charlie Blackmon before surrendering a walk to Dietrich. Brad Feltes made Bennett pay for his wildness and hit a grand slam off the left field foul pole, giving the Jackets a 7-1 lead. Luke Murton hit a two-run homer to center field that gave Tech a 9-1 edge before Will Campbell relieved Bennett.
Campbell made an impact on the mound, registering the first out with a called third strike against Chris House. The freshman ended up pitching three scoreless innings and struck out two of the 13 batters he faced.
Tech added three runs in the seventh off a pinch-hit double from Chris Long and a two-run homer from Murton, taking a 12-1 lead. Theo Asher relieved Chas Skees with two outs in the seventh and got a fly-ball out to end the frame. Asher completed a perfect ninth to finish the game.
“Balls, errors and hit by pitches are the enemies of victory and we had too many of those in a six-run inning tonight,” said head coach Greg Frady. “Our play tonight was not indicative of how we have been playing recently or of the type of team we are. I expect to play a lot better tomorrow night.”
Georgia State returns to action tomorrow when the Panthers travel down Interstate 75 to face former Atlantic Sun rival Mercer at 6 p.m. at Claude Smith Field.
NOTES: Bobby Bennett made his 68th career appearance and tied Brock Radaker (1992-95) for most appearances in school history ... Nick Hogan walked twice, but saw his eight-game hitting streak come to an end.