Freshman Ben Parr tossed six shutout innings to lead No. 25 Georgia Tech to a 4-1 win over Georgia Tuesday at Russ Chandler Stadium to even the season series. On March 4 in Athens, it was the Bulldogs posting a 1-0 shutout of the Yellow Jackets.
“It was a disappointing start and not what we were expecting out of Patrick Boling,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said in a release. “He’s a senior, and we’re looking for more consistency. He was not the same pitcher that was so good last Tuesday in beating Clemson. Also, we struck out nine times and walked them eight times, and that’s not going to work out in your favor most nights. Still, I was encouraged by some of the guys in the bullpen. Dylan Cole threw the ball well, Jarrett Brown and Heath Holder finished up strong for us. We’ve got some depth on the mound.”
In the first inning, Tech (24-14) struck for three runs on two hits and was helped out by a pair of bases-loaded walks. The first run crossed the plate on an RBI-double by Matt Gonzalez. Bulldog senior left-hander Patrick Boling ended up throwing 40 pitches and was lifted with two outs and the bases loaded. Senior Dylan Cole came in and got the Bulldogs out of further trouble when he retired Mitch Earnest on a fly out to end the first frame.
Georgia (21-15-1) got its first hit with one out in the second inning when junior first baseman Daniel Nichols lined a double to left field. Parr responded by striking out the next two hitters. Georgia managed just one base runner in each of the next four innings. It had a two-out walk by Hunter Cole in the third, a one-out single by Zack Bowers in the fourth, a one-out single by Skyler Weber in the fifth and a two-out single by Nelson Ward in the sixth. Parr struck out seven and allowed four hits in six innings to earn the win and improved his record to 4-1. Boling dropped to 3-3. Dusty Isaacs pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
The final game of the series with Tech will be May 13 at Turner Field in the 12th annual Spring Baseball Classic For Kids that benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Georgia holds an 8-3 lead in the series at Turner Field including a historic 17-0 rout last year.