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COLLEGE BASEBALL Ex-Lee County star Nichols helps Tech beat Xavier; Georgia pounds Stetson; FSU-Hofstra ppd.

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ATLANTA - Junior Cole Leonida's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning proved to be enough as the No. 3 Georgia Tech baseball team (6-0) held on for a 5-4 win over Xavier (0-4) Friday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Earlier, former Lee County star and Herald Player of the year, junior Thomas Nichols, added the third run of the game with a monster, 2-out RBI double off the wall in center that scored Leonida, making it 3-1.

Senior Andrew Robinson (1-0) picked up the win on the mound for Tech, allowing just one hit while striking out two in one inning of relief.

The series continues today at 3 p.m. at Russ Chandler Stadium, as junior right-hander Brandon Cumpton (1-0) squares off against Xavier lefty Tommy Shirley (0-0).

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GEORGIA CRUSHES STETSON:

ATHENS -- Every Bulldog starter had at least one hit and scored a run as Georgia pounded Stetson, 12-2, on Friday in front of a Foley Field crowd of 2,061.

Georgia (4-2) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second, added a run in the fourth and then three more runs in the fifth to build a 7-0 advantage over the Hatters (3-2). Sophomore left fielder Johnathan Taylor (2-for-3, 2 RBI) continued his hot hitting including a two-run triple in the fifth that he tried to turn into an inside-the-park home run but was thrown out at the plate. Sophomore right fielder Peter Verdin (2-for-3, 2 RBI) smashed his second home run of the year in the fifth for an 8-0 advantage. He has hit safely in all six games this year along with freshman second baseman Todd Hankins (1-for-4, 2 RBI).

Sophomore right-hander Justin Grimm blanked the Hatters through the early innings and ended up leaving with two outs in the sixth with an 11-0 lead. He allowed just a pair of hits with four walks and seven strikeouts for his first win of the year.

"I felt good tonight, and it was an improvement from last week," said Grimm. "I just had a couple mental lapses in a couple innings, walking a few guys. Our hitters did a great job tonight scoring a lot of runs and that makes it easy to pitch when you've got a big lead."

The series continues toay with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m.

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RAIN PUSHES BACK HOFSTRA-FSU:

TALLAHASSEE -- No. 2 Florida State (3-0) and Hofstra (0-3) will play a doubleheader today beginning at noon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. Game three of the three-game series on Sunday is still scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. first pitch.