Originally created 02/11/02

Georgia Tech 7, Georgia Southern 4



STATESBORO, Ga. -- Jason Perry, Tyler Parker and Jeremy Slayden hit consecutive home runs to lead 13th-ranked Georgia Tech to a 7-4 victory over Georgia Southern Sunday, completing a two-game series sweep of the season-opening series for both teams.

It was Techs 15th straight victory in the series, and extended the Yellow Jackets string of consecutive victories on Southern's home field to 12.

Jeff Watchko (1-0), making his first start in two years, allowed two runs on five hits in five innings. He struck out three batters and walked one. Brian Burks picked up his first save of the season, allowing two runs over the last four innings. Burks retired 10 batters in a row to close out the game.

The Yellow Jackets took a 2-0 lead in the first inning without the aid of a hit, but the Eagles immediately answered in the bottom of the inning, trimming the lead to 2-1 with a RBI single from Matt Herring.

Tech's Brandon Boggs led off the fourth with a double and eventually scored on a wild pitch for a 3-1 lead.

The Yellow Jackets added three more runs in the fifth inning, pushing the lead to 6-1. Perry, Parker and Slayden hit consecutive solo home runs to lead off the inning, marking the first time the Yellow Jackets accomplished the feat since May of 2000.

The Eagles responded with three runs in their half of the sixth, cutting the Tech lead to 6-4. Carlos Love delivered a RBI groundout before Matt Hammond belted a pinch hit, two-out, two-run homer.

Tech immediately answered with a run in the top of the seventh, making the score 7-4. Brandon Boggs doubled down the left field line with one out before coming around to score on Eric Pattersons two-out triple to right field.

GSU starter Dennis Dove (0-1) allowed allowing two runs before being removed after just one inning of work.



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