File Photo: Former Rockdale pitcher and current Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Buck Farmer.
The hitters in the Ohio State lineup probably wouldn't object to never seeing Buck Farmer again. The former Rockdale standout struck out a career high 13 in six innings of four-hit ball in Georgia Tech's 12-4 victory over Ohio State on Friday at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Farmer did allow three earned runs and walked four in his second start of the 2012 season, but had overpowering stuff at times in picking up his first win.
"I thought Buck threw the ball well, but he lost command of his fastball there for a while," Tech coach Danny Hall said. "He had 13 strikeouts, but I know he can throw better and I know he'd like to throw better. But he did his job."
Farmer, a junior, has struck out 22 batters and surrendered 11 hits and five earned runs in 12 innings pitched (3.75 ERA) for Tech (6-2). The Yellow Jackets split the final two games of the series with the Buckeyes, winning 13-4 Sunday. Tech continues non-conference play when it hosts Kennesaw State tonight at 6 p.m.
Another former local hurler bounced back from a season-opening loss to pick up his first victory last weekend. Georgia State's Jake Dyer, a Salem graduate, tossed seven innings of eight-hit ball, and allowed three earned runs in the Panthers' 8-5 victory over Austin Peay. In a 106-pitch effort, Dyer struck out seven and has 13 strikeouts in 11 innings pitched in 2012.
"Jake set the pace and gave us a great chance to win," said Georgia State coach Greg Frady.
Georgia State (5-3) travels to Spartanburg, S.C., Carolina for a game with USC Upstate on Wednesday at 4 p.m.