ATLANTA Deck McGuire scattered three runs over seven innings, Matt Skole hit a grand slam, and Georgia Tech beat Georgia State 9-3 in their NCAA regional opener tonight.
After snapping Georgia State's eight-game winning streak, the Yellow Jackets (36-17-1) will play Southern Mississippi in the winners' bracket game Saturday. Georgia State (39-21), which had its first NCAA appearance spoiled, will face Elon in an elimination game.
McGuire (11-1), the Atlantic Coast Conference pitcher of the year, allowed nine hits and three runs with no walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings.
Skole's first career grand slam, his 16th homer this season, came off Georgia State starter Will Palmer (5-6) in the fifth inning to give the Yellow Jackets a 6-3 lead.