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April 9, 2013

Mistakes doom Dawgs

The last thing Georgia coach David Perno wanted to see was his team to give Georgia Tech's potent lineup any more opportunities than it ordinarily might have.

Unfortunately, that's just what happened as the 20th-ranked Yellow Jackets took advantage of some Bulldog generosity to post a 7-5 win before a Foley Field crowd of 2,745.

Five walks and three Georgia errors helped do the Bulldogs (12-22) in.

"We couldn't stop them," Perno said. "You can't turn that lineup over; that may be the best lineup in the country and we gave their best hitters five at-bats. We're not going to get them out all night, that ain't gonna happen so you cant keep putting them on via the walk or via the error."

Offensively, Georgia actually out-hit the Yellow Jackets (24-9) 11-10, but failed to come up with key hits, particularly after loading the bases in the seventh with just one out.

"We're getting big hits but we're not finishing big innings when we have opportunities to," Perno said. "Unfortunately, now it doesn't matter where we are in the lineup. We were in the right spot in the lineup, we knew exactly what they were going to throw but we were a little anxious."

Curt Powell led the Bulldogs with three hits, followed by freshmen Zack Bowers and Jess Posey with two hits each.

One of Bowers' hits was hit team-leading fifth home run.

"I was thinking fastball in a fastball count and got a pitch I could get a good swing on," said Bowers.

Georgia started the game on the right foot, grabbing a 1-0 lead in the first before the Yellow Jackets answered with two in the third to go up 2-1.

But the Bulldogs, for one of the few times this year, found answer.

First, it was Hunter Cole who doubled in the tying run in the bottom half of the third before Bowers homered deep over the left-field wall in the fourth to put the Bulldogs up 4-2.

Unfortunately for Georgia, the Bulldogs could not stand the prosperity as Georgia Tech scored three times in the fifth, two scoring on a double by Brandon Thomas.

After the Yellow Jackets tacked on another run in the sixth, the Bulldogs had runners at first and third with one out but failed to score after J.T. Phillips hit into an inning-ending double-play.

Georgia's failure to conjure up a key hit hurt the Bulldogs again in the seventh.

After loading the bases with just one out, Perno's crew could manage just one run on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Farmer to draw within 6-5.

That was as close as the Bulldogs would get.

"We barreled up some balls late, and I think our offense is headed in the right direction, I really do," said Posey. "We changed our approach, trying to hit more balls on the ground, try to get in better counts and it's really working out for us."

Georgia Tech tacked on a run in the ninth on an RBI double by Matt Gonzalez before Zane Evans set the Bulldogs down in order in the ninth to record his third save.

Reliever Josh Heddinger (2-0) was credited with the win while Ross Ripple took the loss for the Bulldogs.

NOTES: Georgia returns to action this weekend when the Bulldogs travel to Auburn for a three-game set.

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