ATLANTA -- Freshman starting pitcher Josh Heddinger gave Georgia Tech six sparkling innings, and the Yellow Jackets held off a late rally Wednesday night to beat Georgia 8-6 at Russ Chandler Stadium and take the season series for the third consecutive season.
The victory, in front of 2,382 on the Flats, improved the Yellow Jackets to 30-19 overall and 20-5 in nonconference games this season. Tech has defeated the Bulldogs (28-21) in seven consecutive games at Russ Chandler Stadium, and coach Danny Hall improved his record to 39-29 in the series, which Georgia leads 198-156-2.
Tech has reached the 30-win plateau in 30 consecutive seasons.
A pair of Heddinger's classmates keyed the victory offensively, as Thomas Smith had two hits, two RBIs and scored twice while Daniel Spingola had two hits, a steal and a run. Daniel Palka and Zane Evans each had two hits and Kyle Wren drove in a pair.
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Heddinger allowed four hits and an unearned run in his second-longest career outing, and the freshman improved to 3-4. In three appearances (10 2-3 innings) versus the Bulldogs this season, Heddinger has an 0.84 ERA.
Three of Georgia's hitters had two of the Bulldogs' 11 hits: Hunter Cole (2-for-5, four RBIs, one run), Kyle Farmer (2-for-3, two runs, one RBI) and Peter Verdin (2-for-4).
David Sosebee (2-1) took the loss. He lasted only the first inning, allowing two runs on three hits and one walk with no strikeouts.