Houston County alum Drew Burress has big game for Georgia Tech baseball

Hitting a single home run in a college baseball game is a memorable happening for any freshman. And for Georgia Tech freshman outfielder Drew Burress, it was so memorable, he wanted to try it three more times.

In one game.

Burress crushed not one, two or three but a program record four home runs Tuesday night against Georgia State at Russ Chandler Stadium at Mac Nease Baseball Park as Tech demolished the Panthers, 10-0.

In last nights game against the Panthers, Burress took just four swings at the plate— all leading to home runs. His stats included him going four-for-four at the plate, not wasting any opportunity he got, annihilating the Georgia State pitching staff. The Yellow Jackets railed off 12 hits against the Panthers with Burress responsible for a third of them.

His first homer came in the bottom of the first inning, setting the tone for the rest of the game with a skyrocketing 452-foot shot to left-center field to take the early 1-0 lead. In the third inning, Burress hit his second home run, which was also a solo home run to left field. In the sixth inning, Burress smacked a two-run home run to the opposite side of the field and followed that up with another two-run shot off the scoreboard in left-center in the seventh inning to give him the record.

His four-home run performance broke the Georgia Tech record for most home runs in a game (3) which had been done 14 times before. Georgia Tech’s Stephen Reid was the last Yellow Jackets player to hit three home runs in one game, in last season’s series against Pittsburgh. While many have accomplished hitting for three in one game, Burress reset the standard in his record-breaking accomplishment Tuesday night with four on his own.

After Tuesday’s record-setting performance at the plate, Burress’ stats include having a .441 batting average, 12 runs and 20 RBIs on the season, leading the Georgia Tech baseball team in those categories. The freshman now leads the nation with nine home runs in only his first eight games of college baseball.

Last year as a high school senior out of Houston County High School, Burress was rated as the no. 18-ranked prospect by Perfect Game. They also had him ranked as the no.1 outfielder and no. 2 overall player in the state according to the media outlet. In the baseball program at Houston County, he helped lead the Bears to two state championships and four region championships. He was named a 2023 Perfect Game All-American as well as an Under Armour All-American. The year before, as a junior, Burress tied the state record for RBIs with 73 and hit 31 home runs during the season.

Burress and the Yellow Jackets will be back in action this Friday, March 1 at 6:00 p.m. as they will take on in-state rival Georgia in the first game of the weekend series between the two schools.


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