Using some big innings early, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were able to down the College of Charleston Cougars 8-4 in the first game of the Gainesville Regional Friday afternoon.
The Cougars kept the pressure on the Yellow Jackets early, scoring a run in the top of the first and two in the top of the second, however GT responded each time with big innings, scoring three in the bottom of the first and four in the bottom of the second.
After taking over in the fourth inning for starter Cole Pitts, Georgia Tech pitcher Dusty Issacs was the difference, going the remaining 5.1 innings while allowing just three hits and no earned runs. Yellow Jacket left fielder Brandon Thomas had a tremendous day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.
For College of Charleston, Christian Powell was saddled with the loss, allowing all eight runs (with only four earned) in 3.1 innings.