Georgia scored its first four runs in the top of the fourth. With two out and runners on first and second, designated hitter L.J. Talley singled to right, and Keegan McGovern barely beat Tech right fielder Coleman Poje’s throw to the plate for the first run of the game.
With the inning still alive, Schniederjans walked Will Proctor after starting the at-bat 0-2, his third bases on balls of the inning, and was taken out of the game. Reliever Jake Lee gave up singles to Tucker Maxwell and Tucker Bradley that scored three more runs for a 4-0 lead.
“It’s kind of what I told the team: We kind of went back to our old ways of walking guys,” Hall said.
After Tech countered with single runs in the fourth and fifth, Georgia catcher Michael Curry drilled a pitch from Jared Datoc deep for a two-run homer and a 6-2 lead. Down 7-3 in the bottom of the ninth, Tech loaded the bases with none out, but Drew Moody retired the next three batters to end the game.
Smith went four innings, giving up five hits and walking one while giving up one run, to earn the win. Schniederjans took the loss.
Georgia (17-25) had lost six of seven after beating Tech (20-20) in Athens.
“This is our biggest rival,” Stricklin said. “For a lot of our players, for a lot of our fans, this is the biggest series of the year, no matter what, so it’s big to win the series. It’s important. They’re a good team, but to win the series means a lot to us.”