Georgia draws first blood in Tech series, beats Jackets 7-1

ATHENS — They play a lot of games in baseball, hence all the cliches about “it’s just another game” and “we just want to win the next one.”

But the Georgia Bulldogs kept their mundane catch phrases in their bat bags Tuesday night at Foley Field. After defeating rival Georgia Tech 7-1 — their first victory in the last four games in the series on their home turf — they didn’t mind letting loose with a little exhortation.

“It’s by far the best experience I’ve ever had on the mound,” said freshman pitcher David Sosebee, who started and pitched three scoreless innings to get the win. “I didn’t really understand the rivalry. It’s hard to understand when you’re up in the stands. But being down here in the dugout and being out there on the field is a totally different story. It’s such an adrenalin rush.”

Said center fielder Connor Welton, a sophomore out of Atlanta’s Wesleyan School: “I played with about 10 of their guys growing up. A couple of them went to my high school. We know all of them. So when you beat them it’s a good feeling.”

The game was the first of three this season in the annual home-home-neutral site series. The 18th-ranked Bulldogs, who took two of three from Tennessee in the SEC opener this past weekend, improve to 16-6 in time for this coming weekend’s series against Vanderbilt in Nashville.

The 15th-ranked Yellow Jackets fall to 15-6.

Sosebee (2-0), a right-hander from Cleveland, was one of six pitchers Georgia threw on what coach David Perno called a “staff night.” He combined with Chase Hawkins, Alex Wood, Pete Nagel, Jay Swinford and Blake Dietrich to record 11 strikeouts and give up eight hits and a single earned run in the sixth inning.

Levi Hyams went 2-for-4 at the plate, Curt Powell had two RBI on two hits and Brett DeLoach hit a mammoth solo home run.

“In all areas I thought that was probably our best game,” Perno said of the Bulldogs’ first win over a ranked team. “From a pitching standpoint we threw six different guys and they all did very well. We made some good plays and we put two big innings together and that’s a good formula.”

The difference in the game was two big innings. The Bulldogs put up a four-spot in the second inning when DeLoach led off with a rocket shot over the tops of the pine trees in left centerfield. Powell drove in a run and Tech errors led to two more unearned runs in the sixth.

The Bulldogs added three more runs on a pair of singles, two stolen bases and a wild pitch.

“If I tried to tell you it was just another game, I’d be lying,” said Powell, a third baseman who raised his average to .377. “We try to play every game like it’s our last one but this one is definitely special.”

It goes beyond beating an in-state rival for bragging rights. There are always other more tangible implications in this series.

“These are very important games,” Perno said. “It’s not just Georgia-Georgia Tech. You’re talking postseason implications, potentially host situations. So there’s a lot at stake in this series and that’s the way we like it.”

41 comments Add your comment

Oakdale Dawg

March 20th, 2012
11:02 pm

Good win. Go Dawgs!

reality check

March 20th, 2012
11:06 pm


Score Check

March 20th, 2012
11:40 pm

Still@theKool-aidBAR is a sad, bitter little man.

13-1 SEC East Champions 2012

March 21st, 2012
12:08 am

(1-0) 31-17 won Georgia tek Football 11-26/11
(2-0) 75-68 won Georgia tek Women’s Basketball 12-4/11
(2-1) 56-68 lost Georgia tek Men’s Basketball 12-7/11
(3-1) 7-1 won Georgia tek Baseball 3-20/12


March 21st, 2012
12:28 am

45-42 Never Forget November 29, 2008
45-42 Never Forget November 29, 2008
45-42 Never Forget November 29, 2008
I don’t care how many wins you get. NEVER forget 45-42

13-1 SEC East Champions 2012

March 21st, 2012
12:36 am

Oh, yeah, 10-1 vs Georgia tek FOOTBALL Mark Richt.

Thank you for reminding me of that, too.


back-to-back repeat offenders

13-1 SEC East Champions 2012

March 21st, 2012
12:41 am

Gt fan March 10th, 2012 1:03 pm

” “Don’t tell your HC, but we (NCAA) are going need 2 of his best players to sit out some games while we conduct an investigation” all the while knowing the AD is going to inform the HC. THUS, the NCAA is now armed with a “they didn’t obey our order to NOT say a word to anyone, especially the HC” defense.”


Hash Browns March 10th, 2012 8:57 pm

“I would like to know when Radakovich is going to hand in his resignation — or if he lacks the integrity to do that, when Peterson is going to fire him. He ignored the simple instruction not to discuss the situation with anyone within seconds of when he was notified of how it had to be handled. His simple arrogance and inability to listen is why Tech ultimately received this punishment.”


captguitarman March 10th, 2012 11:36 am

“the bigger issue is kind of getting lost here. Did Tech screw up? Sounds like it. “

Supersize that order, mutt March 10th, 2012 11:31 am

“It was DRAD who did what he was supposedly not allowed to do. Johnson wasn’t even involved at that point and was not until DRAD told him what was going on.”


student athlete March 10th, 2012 10:20 am

“The players should seek council on possibly suing Rad, Johnson, Peterson, and the GTAA, its very clear they were negligent in managing the initial situation, they then responded with the same arrogance to the NCAA that has been exhibited numerous time to GT fans and Atlanta media. The hired hands (Johnson and Rad) ride off with the money”


Old Gold Britches March 10th, 2012 9:57 am

“It is hard to believe Peterson and Radakovich made this big of a mistake. It is just as unbelieveable that legel advisers let them go down the path they took. Apparently the blind leading the blind.”


GT09 March 10th, 2012 9:17 am

“Got out my ACC 2009 Championshipring this morning. Thanks NCAA. Pun ish 113 players for the ac tion of a couple of admin istrators.”


Tech Faithful March 10th, 2012 10:31 am

“No, DRad is the main culprit here. He was told what to do by the NCAA and he didn’t do it. He impeded the investigation, as did CPJ by passing on the information to players, DUH! DRad has overstayed his welcome, and it is time for him to go, Bud. As for CPJ – probation at best.”


Birmingham Jacket March 11th, 2012 10:57 am

“From coaches to the AD, total bafoons.

Time to clean the entire house.”

13-1 SEC East Champions 2012

March 21st, 2012
12:57 am


13-1 SEC East Champions 2012

March 21st, 2012
12:58 am

Someone told Aaron Murray Spring Break Key West not a good idea.

There goes his Heisman Trophy # 72 in pass completion % 2011

13-1 SEC East Champions 2012

March 21st, 2012
1:19 am

Just think of the young lady’s mama and daddy tonight.


Think of

The University of Georgia


March 21st, 2012
6:12 am

SKB, we will never forget 2008 either, that’s why we haven’t lost to Tech since, and don’t see it happening again for a long time. Try not to forget your cheating championship trophy you just turned back over. I’ll take 9 out 10 wins every decade, it does get a little boring beating the little sisters of the poor. Hopefully we can drop Tech for a more competitive Div. 1 team, like Georgia State.


March 21st, 2012
6:15 am

Hey 13-1, if it had been any of Tech’s players you would have just seen a spring break picture of a bunch of nerds hanging out in their underwear discussing Harry Potter.

13-1 SEC East Champions 2012

March 21st, 2012
6:23 am

That’s 1 view of it TennesseeDawg, although not the prevailing view

East Repeat

March 21st, 2012
6:35 am

Good to see Isiah Crowell is keeping humble and waiting to prove himself before running his mouth about being the best college football player in the country. Oh wait, that dipstick is already starting his Heisman campaign- what a joke. He will be pouting and hanging his head by mid-season. Probably be off team by end of year. NO chararacter, all mouth.

13-1 SEC East Champions 2012

March 21st, 2012
6:55 am

I am more concerned about our Starting Quarterback in yet more photos ( taken by his Georgia tek buddy ? ) on his Spring Breaks with now


being shown as she is in what looks like 1 headboard to me.

This after Aaron Murray’s Heisman Campaign gets off to such a stimulating inception.


March 21st, 2012
8:15 am

Those trees are actually Leyland Cypress.

Sugar Hill Dawg

March 21st, 2012
8:33 am

SKB – well said! Do you include Duke and Wake Forest in your warped brain tirades as well? That Tech victory was earned by the Tech offense (with considerable help from a really poor tackling UGA defense) – I hated the final result, but it did reignite the rivalry to some extent. I have great respect for Paul Johnson – best Tech coach since Bobby Ross. I’m sure Tech will win again, but since I’m UGA ‘75, I doubt I’ll be alive when it happens.


March 21st, 2012
8:38 am

I thought this blog was about Baseball…. not football. Who has the overall series record between UGA/Tech?

13-1 SEC East Champions 2012

March 21st, 2012
8:46 am

198-154-2 UGA over Georgia tek in baseball

Do we wait for a blog about topic Aaron Murray to discuss this photo of such wide notoriety

Freddie Blassie

March 21st, 2012
8:54 am

Like a big orange, UGAG s_cks.

Joe Mac

March 21st, 2012
8:56 am

I hope Dawg fans realize we have one of the best head coaches in college baseball in David Perno. I know there are up and down seasons during his tenure, but it is what it is sometimes.

This team has a chance to be really good and possibly one of those special Georgia baseball teams.

I talk Georgia all the time. Follow me on Twitter @Joe_Mac_.

Kudzu Hill

March 21st, 2012
9:03 am

This team has the components to be VERY good. I agree with Joe Mac.

For in-game updates for UGA Baseball follow me on Twitter @KudzuHill.

You can also follow my cousin, @FoleyField.

Timmy Dog

March 21st, 2012
9:52 am

Why did we pitch our weekend starters in this mid-week game? I know Tech through all youngs arms while we through our studs. Kinda weird to me.

ATL Sports Fan

March 21st, 2012
9:59 am

Timmy, guess you do not understand baseball. Alex Wood is the only weekend starter that pitched last night. He threw one inning. It was to get some work in as he didn’t throw many pitches last Friday night.

Frank Lane

March 21st, 2012
10:03 am

Go DAWGS. Good to see some coverage on sports other than football. Although I live and breathe football.

Chip Towers

March 21st, 2012
10:04 am

Timmy Dog: Coach David Perno said it was a “staff day” and guys like Alex Wood needed some extra work. Remember, would pitched only four innings against Tennessee this past Friday before the game was delayed by lightning and was unable to return. He’ll be ready to go again against Vandy this weekend


March 21st, 2012
10:43 am

“…they didn’t mind letting loose with a little exhortation.” Great. A bunch of baseball players running around preaching about why everyone should feel better.
Just go celebrate it, Dawgs. You earned it this year. Last year was a tough one for you. It will be a tough one for our side this year, but we’ll be back. I hope you make it back to the regionals this year.

13-1 SEC East Champions 2012

March 21st, 2012
11:32 am

Georgia tek hasn’t done anything in the Regionals.

UGA has.

Our record in the NCAA Baseball Tournament on to the College World Series is stellar. Yours is not good. I wouldn’t worry about whether we make it back to the Regionals this season or not.


That says it all.

Find something else to brag about like all your sports on


So, too,

does our record speak for itself vs Georgia tek in Baseball at

198-154-2 – including what we’ve done to you in the tournament

13-1 SEC East Champions 2012

March 21st, 2012
12:34 pm

Sanders Commings plead guilty to simple battery. I look forward to finishing the 2 remaining Baseball Games with Georgia tek and getting on with our season, now. Our schedule, this season, sets up very well for us. It is a football schedule the likes of which in every sport – Baseball included – is faced every year by Georgia tek.


March 21st, 2012
1:33 pm

“Commings was not treated any differently than anybody else in his situation,” Chisholm said Wednesday morning.”

BS. He was allowed to leave jail within hours of arrest which never happens in domestic violence cases. Most have to stay in jail at least 24 hours. And the random drug testing is done once IF he is found to need to do counseling for drugs or alcohol. And unless you show up stoned or drunk, you’ll pass. It’s a breathalyzer.


March 21st, 2012
1:40 pm

Missouri 34
uga 17

Randall "Pink" Floyd

March 21st, 2012
2:06 pm

UGA pounded Tech in a sporting event? Yawn………

13-1 SEC East Champions 2012

March 21st, 2012
4:12 pm

Funny, Pink.

Lest we forget how we pound Georgia tek in every sport.


March 21st, 2012
6:42 pm

SKB, that is SAD, you hold on to 2008 and let that be the bright spot for your life.

Paul in NH

March 21st, 2012
11:59 pm

Good to see that there are plenty of UGA fans who support baseball.

Never forget 08's 45-42??? What ??

March 22nd, 2012
12:57 pm

GT is apparently still celebrating their ONLY WIN in football vs UGA in 10 or 11 years. DO NOT FORGET THAT FACT.



DO NOT FORGET that GT HAD TO FORFEIT THE ACC trophy and that UGA fans are still laughing about that !!!


March 22nd, 2012
12:58 pm

6 pitchers? Some pretty solid work against a really good offensive team.

CAN MIZZO play D??

March 22nd, 2012
12:59 pm


ANSWER ………………….nope.

Go Dogs.

ZXVB22742367XXG3-UPS Tracking Number

March 23rd, 2012
9:22 am

For the ACC Trophy on it’s way back to the conference office to be incinerated.

SKB – You’re the best. If one win every decade over UGA makes you happy, then you will always be happy. Just in case you don’t know, we beat you so much, one loss doesn’t mean two sharts to us. BBBUUUHHUUUUHHUUWWAAHHHAANERDWWAAHHHAAHHHNERDWAAHHAAAHHAA

Rafe Hollister

March 23rd, 2012
4:13 pm

tread lightly tech, you’re on PROBATION!


March 23rd, 2012
9:55 pm

hay does u have a job i culd have?