ATHENS, Ga. ---A three-run first inning paved the way for Georgia's 5-1 victory over Georgia Tech Tuesday night at Foley Field.
Leadoff hitter Tucker Maxwell set the tone with an 11-pitch at-bat ending in a double to the right-center field gap. Keegan McGovern singled in Maxwell three batters later, followed by a Michael Curry double down the left field line that brought in Cam Shepherd who reached on a walk. Lastly, McGovern scored on a LJ Talley groundout to cap the first inning.
Shepherd blasted a solo home run into the parking lot over the left field wall in the third, extending the UGA lead to 4-0.
Both teams used Tuesday as a staff night on the mound as 11 total pitchers toed the rubber. However, the Yellow Jackets did not anticipate needing two pitchers in the first inning as starter Jonathan Hughes (1-2) only recorded one out before exiting and ultimately receiving the loss.
In his second start of the season, Bulldog freshman Zac Kristofak (2-1) picked up the win on three scoreless innings, while collecting three strikeouts and only yielding two hits. A collaboration of Kevin Smith, Shane Tucker, Adam Goodman, Drew Moody and Blake Cairnes pitched the rest of the way without giving up an earned run. In total, the Bulldogs' pitchers tallied 15 strikeouts.
GT's lone run came off an error in the seventh inning. Georgia got the run back in the eighth by way of a Will Proctor RBI double, his sixth two-bagger of the season.
Game two of series is scheduled for April 25th on the Yellow Jackets' campus, while the series finale will be at SunTrust Park on May 9th.
This weekend the Bulldogs travel to Fayetteville, Ark. for a three game against the Razorbacks. Game one is slated for Thursday at 7:30 ET and will be televised on SEC Network Plus.