Georgia Tech 14, Austin Peay 3
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Designated hitter J.J. Thomas hit two home runs and drove in six runs Friday to lead Georgia Tech to a 14-3 victory over Austin Peay in a NCAA South II Baseball Regional elimination game.
Thomas’ homers raised his total to three in two tournament games and 20 for the season. He also drove in runs with a double and a groundout, going 3 for 5 for the game.
Tech’s 19-hit offense was more than enough to support starter Jase Wrigley (4-4). The sophomore right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight in eight innings.
The Yellow Jackets scored in the second inning when Thomas advanced on pitcher Mike Eikenberry’s throwing error and came in on Michael Sorrow’s triple to the right field corner.
Tech boosted its margin with three runs in both the second and third innings.
In the second, Thomas’ first home run scored Scott Byers and Mark Fischer. Adam Leggett led off the third with a homer to left, Adam Easterling bunted his way on and Byers was hit by a pitch. Fischer’s double to left scored Easterling, and Byers came in on Thomas’ grounder to second.
Austin Peay got a two-run homer from Nate Manning in the sixth, but Thomas added a solo shot in the seventh to boost the lead to 8-2.
The Yellow Jackets chased Eikenberry (11-4) in the eighth, scoring six runs on two doubles and five singles.
Austin Peay, in the NCAA Tournament for the first time, ended its season at 44-22.
Tech (38-23) will play again at 3 p.m. Saturday.