The Bowling Green State University baseball team once again jumped out to an early lead on Sunday afternoon at Georgia Tech, but they could not hold on, ultimately falling in the series finale 8-5. With the loss, the Falcons are now 2-7 on the season, while Georgia Tech improves to 7-4 with the win.
Unlike the first two games in the series, Georgia Tech would score first in Sunday's game. The Yellow Jackets would capitalize off a leadoff base runner, who reached after a hit-by-pitch. After a stolen base and a groundout, the Yellow Jackets would bring the runner home on a sacrifice fly to right field to take a 1-0 lead.
The Falcons would respond in the top of the second, as Andrew Kubuski led off the inning with a single. After advancing to second on a wild pitch, he would score on a single by Logan Walker and an error by Georgia Tech's left fielder. Jake Thomas would single to put two Falcons on with nobody out. A Trey Keegan sacrifice bunt and Brandon Howard pop out would leave two Falcons in scoring position for leadoff batter Patrick Lancaster. Lancaster would hit a chopper up the middle, and beat out the throw by the Yellow Jacket second baseman. On the play, Walker would score from third and Thomas would motor around to score all the way from second, giving the Falcons a 3-1 lead.
Georgia Tech would come roaring back in the bottom of the second, scoring four runs to grab a 5-3 lead back from the Falcons.
Georgia Tech would add to their lead in the bottom of the third inning, as the Falcons could not complete a double play and an errant return throw would allow the Yellow Jacket runner from second to score.
In the top of fourth, the first three Falcons would reach base. Lancaster led off the frame with a HBP, and that was followed with a Brian Bien bunt single. T.J. Losby would score Lancaster with an RBI single to left field, as the Falcons pulled to within two, at 6-4. Losby and Bien would both advance into scoring position on the throw to home, which a sliding Lancaster beat to home plate. Bien would then scamper home on a wild pitch, and the Falcons trailed 6-5 after 3.5 innings.
A two-out walk for the Yellow Jackets would open the door in the home half of the fifth, as three straight singles followed to extend their lead to 8-5.
In the bottom of the sixth, Georgia Tech would load the bases with nobody out, but reliever Chris Miller would pull off a Houdini act to escape the jam unscathed. With nobody out, Miller would get a ground ball at the shortstop Bien, and he would throw home to retire the runner from third. With the bases still loaded and one out, Miller would once again induce a ground ball, this one producing a 4-6-3 double play to get the Falcons out of the inning.
The Falcons would be unable to get anything going during the final three innings, however, as Georgia Tech would escape with a series sweep thanks to Sunday's 8-5 win.
Bowling Green will be back in action next weekend, when they travel to North Carolina to take on High Point University. The Falcons and HPU will play a three-game series beginning on Friday night. That series will kick off the Falcons' annual spring break trip. Following the weekend series, Bowling Green will continue on to play six games during the Spring Break week at the Russ Matt Invitational in Winter Haven, Fla.