GEORGIA TECH 8, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 4
ATLANTA — Luke Murton belted two home runs to lead No. 8 Georgia Tech (20-6) to a victory over Georgia Southern (21-8) at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Murton went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, while Jeff Rowland and Matt Skole each added two hits for the Yellow Jackets.
Murton was held without a home run through the first 19 games of the season, but has now hit seven through his last seven games.
“Murton has been on fire of late,” Tech coach Danny Hall said. “He’s been hitting a lot of home runs, and I hope that he continues to for the rest of the year. He’s given us a big lift and has been hitting the ball very well.”
Brandon Cumpton (1-0) made his first start in more than two weeks and allowed two runs and eight hits while striking out six in 5 1-3 innings to earn the win.
Andrew Robinson pitched 2 2-3 shutout innings in relief for Tech.
“I thought that our pitching was good tonight,” Hall said. “Cumpton really settled in and pitched well after giving up the two early runs, and then Robinson was just outstanding tonight.
The Jackets narrowed the Eagles’ lead to 2-1 on Murton’s first homer of the game in the bottom of the fourth. Murton’s second home run — a three-run shot — highlighted a five-run fifth inning that gave the Yellow Jackets a 6-2 lead. An RBI triple by Derek Dietrich tied the game with two outs in the frame, and Jason Haniger followed with a run-scoring single to put Tech ahead, 3-2.
After Tony Plagman walked to put runners on first and second, Murton belted his second home run of the game to cap the Jackets’ scoring in the inning.
A two-run homer in the ninth inning by Phillip Porter capped the scoring.The Jackets and Eagles conclude the series at 4 p.m. Wednesday.