Thomas, Farmer pace Ga. Tech
Yellow Jackets get 44 hits, 24 runs in three-game series sweep
CHICAGO - Brandon Thomas went 4-for-4 with two doubles to back a solid seven inning start from Buck Farmer as No. 9 Georgia Tech (34-14) completed a sweep of Illinois-Chicago (22-22) with a 5-1 victory on Monday afternoon.
Thomas paced the Yellow Jackets, who exploded for 13 hits in the game. His leadoff double in the third inning ignited a five-hit, three-run frame after the Jackets fell behind 1-0 in the first thanks to a Matt Serna RBI single.
Tech received RBI singles from Jacob Esch, Matt Skole and Daniel Palka for the early runs.
Farmer (8-2) earned the victory after scattering six hits in seven innings, allowing just one run. He had five strikeouts on the afternoon.
UIC starter Joey Begel (3-3) held the Jackets to just two hits through the first two innings, but the Tech bats came alive for 10 more over the next five innings against the right-hander. Begel took the loss after allowing four runs on 12 hits in seven innings.
Tech added another in the sixth inning on Thomas' double to left field (his second of the game) that scored Sam Dove from first. It was Thomas' third hit of the game.
The Jackets closed out the scoring in the eighth as Mott Hyde scampered home from third base on a wild pitch by UIC reliever Chris Hoffman.
DeAndre Smelter and Luke Bard worked shutout innings out of the bullpen in the eighth and ninth to end the game.