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LSU sweeps doubleheader against UGA

LSU sweeps doubleheader against UGA

Posted on 18 April 2015 by Allen

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Second-ranked LSU swept a doubleheader from Georgia Saturday at Foley Field, winning 4-1 and 9-1.

LSU won a pitcher’s duel to take game one as freshman Alex Lange improved to 7-0, allowing just one run on five hits in six innings. Hunter Newman tossed three scoreless innings for his second save. Bulldog junior left-hander Ryan Lawlor dropped to 4-5, surrendering three runs on six hits in 6.1 innings with seven strikeouts.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first on a two-out RBI-single by Conner Hale. Georgia answered with a leadoff home run by Nick King, his first of year. It was the first career home run allowed by Lange who came in with a 1.39 ERA in 51.2 innings pitched. In the fifth, a wild pitch by Lawlor made it 2-1. In the seventh, the Tigers got a two-out, two-run double from Kade Scivicque to extend their lead to 4-1. The Tigers scored all four of their runs with two outs. Bulldog sophomore centerfielder Stephen Wrenn went 0-for-4 in the first contest, marking the first time he failed to reach base in a game this year, ending the streak at 38 games.

In game two, the Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the second. Scivicque extended his hitting streak to 23 games with a one-out, solo home run, his fifth of the year. A safety squeeze bunt was executed by Chris Sciambra to make it 2-0, allowing Andrew Stevenson to score as he was on after a double and took third on an infield hit by Chris Chinea. The Bulldogs got a run back in their half of the frame when junior Zack Bowers blasted his team-leading seventh home run. In the fourth, LSU loaded the bases with nobody out, and junior right-hander Sean McLaughlin managed the jam, allowing just a sacrifice fly to Chinea. The Tigers loaded the bases in the sixth and pushed across a run on a passed ball for a 4-1 lead. LSU added two runs in the seventh and three in the ninth for the final.

Sophomore left-hander Jared Poche’ went seven innings for the win to move his mark to 7-1 while Laughlin fell to 3-3. McLaughlin allowed four runs on 10 hits through six innings. Parker Bugg pitched the final two frames for the Tigers.

“Our starting pitchers competed and gave us a chance, but we’re just not scoring a lot of runs right now,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “It’s tough to win if you’re not scoring. We’ve scored five runs in our last four games, and we’ve had plenty of opportunities for some big innings, and it’s disappointing we’re not hitting in those situations. LSU is a really good team, they hit, pitch and play defense.”

The Tigers are now 34-6 overall and 12-5 in the SEC while the Bulldogs dropped to 20-20, 6-11 in the SEC. The series concludes Sunday with first pitch slated for 1:05 p.m. and be televised on the SEC Network+.
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Michael Edwards Signs With Bulldogs

Michael Edwards Signs With Bulldogs

Posted on 17 April 2015 by Allen

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Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox opened the spring national signing period by announcing Friday that Michael Edwards of Westland, Mich., has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend UGA and play next season for the Bulldogs.

Edwards, at 6-9, 225 pounds, is completing his senior year at John Glenn High School in the suburban Detroit town of Westland. In his final season at John Glenn, he averaged 22 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and two steals for the Rockets. He earned All-State honors by the Detroit Free Press and MLive.com and was recently rated the No. 4 senior in the state by PrepHoopsMichigan.com.

“We are very excited to add Michael into our program,” Fox said. “He brings an element of length and athleticism that will benefit our team in the coming years. Michael comes from a great family and we are thrilled to have him coming to Athens.”

The Bulldogs have now signed players from Michigan in two consecutive years. Pontiac native Yante Maten averaged 5.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in his freshman year at Georgia in 2015.

Edwards is the fourth high school senior to have signed with Georgia for the Class of 2014-15. During the early signing period last November, the Bulldogs also welcomed guard Will “Turtle” Jackson from Athens, forward Derek Ogbeide of Mableton, and forward E’Torrion Wilridge of Beaumont, Texas, to the program. Georgia completed the 2015 season with 12 players on athletic grants-in-aid, including a 3-man senior class of Marcus Thornton, Nemi Djurisic and Taylor Echols.

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Owls Hang On For 2-1 Win

Owls Hang On For 2-1 Win

Posted on 15 April 2015 by Allen

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Kennesaw State posted a 2-1 win over Georgia Wednesday in front of a Stillwell Stadium crowd of 1,111.
Georgia (20-18) missed a handful of scoring opportunities, starting in the first. After Stephen Wrenn singled to right to start the contest and extend his on base streak to all 38 games, he was picked off trying to steal second. Then, Georgia loaded the bases on a pair of walks plus a base hit by Zack Bowers before Brandon Stephens bounced in to a double play to end the threat. The Owls (20-17) responded by taking a 1-0 lead in their half of the first. Grant Williams smacked a one-out double and scored on a base hit by shortstop Kal Simmons.

Sophomore Mike Mancuo (0-1) provided a solid start for the Bulldogs, pitching four innings and registering a career high six strikeouts but got the loss. Freshman Ryan Avidano came in to start the fifth and a leadoff walk eventually scored on a two-out RBI-single by Williams for his third hit of the night and a 2-0 lead. Owl starter A.J. Moore (2-1) held the Bulldogs to one run in seven innings, scattering five hits, four walks and five strikeouts for the win. Jared Cheek and Taylor Hicks combined for 2.1 innings of scoreless relief for the Bulldogs.

Georgia finally broke through with a two-out RBI-double from Skyler Weber in the sixth to make it 2-1. Simmons made a nice play on a high chopper from Mitchell Webb to end the rally as the Bulldogs stranded a pair in scoring position. At that point in the contest, Georgia was 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and finished 1-for-11 on the night. Georgia’s last best shot to tie the game came in the eighth, putting Daniel Nichols at third with one out. Owl closer Will Lowman retired McGovern on a pop up and struck out Bell to preserve the lead and eventually notch his fourth save. Nichols had a couple of hits and walked twice Wednesday as he’s 10-for-his-last 20, which is a .500 clip.

“Overall, we were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base plus had a couple of base-running mistakes,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “The little things we did wrong cost us. Our pitchers did their job, starting with Mike Mancuso and that’s great to see. If you only give up two runs in a midweek game, that should be good enough to get a victory, but the bottom line is we didn’t take advantage of the opportunities we had offensively. That’s frustrating and we just have to play better.”

Up next, the Bulldogs return to SEC action as they play host to second-ranked LSU on Friday. A limited number of tickets remain to Friday night’s game at Foley Field, however the Saturday and Sunday contests are sold out with only UGA student tickets available on a first-come first-serve basis. The entire Georgia-LSU series will be available on the SEC Network+.

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Alabama Beats Georgia Sunday

Alabama Beats Georgia Sunday

Posted on 12 April 2015 by Allen

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Alabama defeated Georgia 5-2 Sunday to take an SEC series in front of a crowd of 3,303 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

Alabama (18-16, 6-9 SEC) grabbed a 1-0 lead with two outs in the first on an inside-the-park home run by Mikey White. He hit a sinking line drive to center that Bulldog sophomore Stephen Wrenn dove for and missed, and it rolled to the wall. It was the first inside-the-park home run against Georgia since 2009 when Michael Stephens of Ohio State did it in the NCAA Tallahassee ( Fla.) Regional.

The Bulldogs (20-17, 6-9 SEC) tied the game in the third. Freshman Trey Logan led off with a base hit and scored on a two-out RBI-single by Wrenn. For Wrenn, the hit extended his on base streak to all 37 games this year. The Crimson Tide chased senior left-hander Jared Walsh in the third, sending nine to the plate and scoring four times to build a 5-1 advantage. Walsh left with the bases loaded and one out in favor of senior Taylor Hicks. Alabama pushed across the final three runs charged to Walsh in the frame on a balk, single and sacrifice fly. Hicks went 1.2 innings before the Bulldogs turned to junior David Sosebee, who blanked the Crimson Tide over the next three innings.

“We can’t start a game much worse, getting picked off in the first and then misjudging a ball for an inside-the-park home run, and I was disappointed in our hitters today because they were not prepared to battle,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “It was right there for us to get back in the game, we’ve got 2nd and 3rd nobody out in the seventh and we strike out three times, twice looking. Overall, we had a good start to the week but disappointed in how we finished. I’m encouraged with how David Sosebee performed, however Jared Walsh is now fighting it a bit with his back. “

Alabama starter Geoffrey Bramblett pitched seven innings for a win to improve to 5-1. Walsh got the loss to fall to 3-1 after allowing five runs on four hits in 2.1 innings. A bright spot for the Bulldogs was Sosebee providing three scoreless innings and four strikeouts as he works back in to form after missing the last month with a back injury.

Georgia had a chance to climb back in the contest in the seventh, loading the bases to start the frame as Brandon Stephens smacked a double, Keegan McGovern had a single and Trevor Kieboom was hit by a pitch. However, the Bulldogs mustered only a run on a balk as Logan, Nick King and Skyler Weber struck out. Bramblett finished with nine strikeouts and allowed two runs on six hits.

The Bulldogs continue their six-game road swing Tuesday at Georgia Tech (24-12). First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will be available on ESPN3 and the Georgia Bulldog Sports Radio Network.

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Joni Crenshaw Named Lady Bulldogs’ Head Coach

Joni Crenshaw Named Lady Bulldogs’ Head Coach

Posted on 12 April 2015 by Allen

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Joni Crenshaw, a member of the Georgia Basketball Staff for the past four seasons, including the last three as associate head coach, has been named the Lady Bulldogs’ new head coach. Greg McGarity, the UGA Athletic Association’s J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics, announced Crenshaw’s appointment on Sunday.

“After a national search, it became evident that Joni was the perfect person to lead our program,” McGarity said. “Joni brings the intangibles that parallel success – character, experience and a tireless energy to lead our program. We are confident she will do a tremendous job leading Georgia Basketball into the future.”

“I am extremely honored to be the next coach at Georgia,” Crenshaw said. “I want to thank President Morehead, Greg and Carla for trusting me with the program. I have been fortunate to have learned under a great coaching tree and have great mentors along the way. I want to thank Coach Landers for all that he has done for me since I have been under his tutelage. The trust and responsibility he gave me definitely prepared me for the next step in my career but more importantly his friendship means the world to me.”

Crenshaw sports 13 seasons of coaching experience at the Division I level, the last seven within the Southeastern Conference. The Meridian, Miss., native joined the Georgia staff in 2011 and spent one season as an assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach. Prior to arriving in Athens, Crenshaw coached at LSU from 2010-11, at Alabama from 2008-10, at Louisiana Tech from 2005-08 and at Troy from 2002-05.

During each of those coaching stops, Crenshaw has displayed the ability to both sign premier prospects and then help those recruits develop into highly successful players.

In the Lady Bulldogs’ four signing classes since Crenshaw’s arrival, Georgia’s 16 scholarship newcomers arrived on campus with a combined 18 high school state titles. That group also featured seven standouts ranked among the nation’s top 100 prospects and included a quartet of state Player of the Year honorees.

Crenshaw helped Alabama and LSU land top-5 individual prospects in the classes of 2010 and 2011, respectively, and also spearheaded the Crimson Tide’s recruiting class for 2010 that ranked among the nation’s top 10. She helped Lousiana Tech ink the 2006 Miss Basketball for both Alabama and Mississippi and Troy sign two future Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year honorees.

Crenshaw succeeds Andy Landers, the only previous full-time women’s basketball coach in the program’s history. Landers announced his retirement on Monday, March 16 after 36 seasons. Landers compiled a 862-299 record at Georgia, making him one of only seven college basketball coaches – women’s or men’s – to record 850 wins at a single NCAA Division I school. The other coaches on that list are Pat Summitt (Tennessee), Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Geno Auriemma (Connecticut), Dean Smith (North Carolina) and Adolph Rupp (Kentucky). Landers compiled a career record of 944-320 in 40 seasons as a collegiate head coach, including an 82-21 record in four years at Roane State College from 1975-79.

“Georgia Basketball is in great hands,” Landers said. “Coach Crenshaw is a person who has deep-rooted values and morals, which are two of the cornerstones of Georgia Basketball’s success. Her appreciation for the total development of young women is second to none and her past experiences have prepared her for the challenges ahead. I am confident she will do extremely well. Joni has an excellent basketball IQ, is a tremendous recruiter and is a terrific people person, but above all else, she is someone who young people will aspire to play for and enjoy that same experience.”

Crenshaw herself was a highly sought after basketball prospect. She was the 1997 Gatorade Player of the Year for Mississippi after leading Meridian High to a 67-7 record during her junior and senior seasons. She also won three state titles in track and field and was selected as the school’s Homecoming Queen.

At Alabama, Crenshaw was a significant contributor to four teams that reached post-season play – the 1998 and 1999 NCAA Tournaments and the 2000 and 2001 WNITs. She was a two-year starter and scored 716 points, grabbed 555 rebounds and blocked 103 shots, which is No. 4 among the Tide’s career leaders.

Crenshaw also was a standout off the basketball court. She was recognized as one of the most influential African Americans on the Alabama campus in 2001, was named to the SEC’s Community Service team for women’s basketball in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and was awarded a post-graduate scholarship from the SEC for her community service record. She received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Alabama in 2002.

Crenshaw is engaged to marry Darius Taylor, an assistant coach for the South Carolina women’s basketball team, on August 1, 2015.

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Black Tops Red 24-17 In G-Day Game

Black Tops Red 24-17 In G-Day Game

Posted on 11 April 2015 by Allen

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Tailback A.J. Turman rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Black team to a 24-17 victory over the Red team in the G-Day Game on Saturday in front of 46,815 fans at Sanford Stadium.

“Georgia won today, which was good,” Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said. “It’s so hard to try and judge what kind of a day it was when you go Georgia against Georgia while working your first, second, and third units because it’s just a lot of guys getting a lot of reps. When things were executed properly on offense, it was pretty to watch. Defensively, I thought that the guys for the most part played well as a unit. They tackled well and batted some balls down at the line of scrimmage.”

Georgia’s quarterbacks saw action for both squads. Faton Bauta went 16-of-25 for 171 yards and a touchdown that covered 25 yards. Brice Ramsey was 5-of-9 for 174 yards, including a 72-yard scoring pass, while Jacob Park had 92 yards on 10-of-15.

“It’s still a race,” Richt said. “I don’t think there’s any question that it will go through the summer and fall before we make that decision on who will start the first ball game.”

Turman carried the ball 26 times, including a 52-yard touchdown run, and averaged 4.1 yards. He had all but six of the Black team’s rushing attempts. Tailback Nick Chubb saw limited action, notching just three attempts for 34 yards and a touchdown for the Red team.

“It was good to get out in front of the fans and play well,” Turman said. “It helped build my confidence up a lot, but I still have a few things to work on to get better. I wasn’t out there to prove anything. I just wanted to play as hard as I could. It felt good running the ball, it felt like high school. … The offensive line has worked hard. I knew my touchdown was coming. They blocked well and opened up a hole for me.”

Linebacker Reggie Carter paced the Black team with eight tackles, while linebacker Jordan Jenkins and defensive back Malkom Parrish each had five. Jenkins’ totals featured 2.5 tackles for loss, including a sack. Linebacker Lorenzo Carter, end Sterling Bailey and defensive back Reggie Wilkerson also had sacks as the Black squad registered seven tackles for loss.

For the Red team, linebacker Natrez Patrick led the way with eight tackles, including a sack. Tackle Jonathan Ledbetter added seven stops, while defensive back Tramel Terry had six. Defensive back Devin Gillespie, end James DeLoach and nose Chris Mayes all posted sacks as the Red team registered seven tackles for loss. Defensive back Jarvis Wilson had an interception that he returned 53 yards, while DeLoach recovered a fumble.

The Black team struck first when Turman crashed in from a yard out. The touchdown was set up by consecutive passes by Bauta to tight end Jordan Davis and receiver Kenneth Towns covering 18 and 16 yards, respectively. Patrick Beless kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead at the 7:29 mark of the first quarter.

The Red squad answered on the third play of its ensuing drive as Ramsey hit receiver Isaiah McKenzie on a 72-yard catch-and-run. Marshall Morgan’s PAT tied the score at 7-7 with 6:08 left in the first quarter.

Bauta and Davis connected again, this time on a 25-yard touchdown pass with 11:53 to go in the first half. Beless’ kick gave the Black a 14-7 edge at the break.

Turman pushed the lead to 21-7 when he dashed 52 yards for a touchdown at the 6:25 mark of the third quarter. Beless tacked on the PAT.

The Red team pulled within 21-10 as Morgan connected on a 25-yard field goal with 4:19 left in the third quarter. The score was set up by Ramsey’s 60-yard pass to receiver Reggie Davis.

After a fumble on the ensuing drive, tailback Nick Chubb scored on a 17-yard run. Morgan drilled the extra point to make it 21-17 with 2:09 remaining in the third quarter.

Beless connected on a 37-yard field goal with 58 seconds to go for the 24-17 final.

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Tide Edge Georgia in 11

Tide Edge Georgia in 11

Posted on 11 April 2015 by Allen

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Mikey White’s run-scoring single in the 11th inning rallied Alabama past Georgia 7-6 Friday in front of a Hoover Metropolitan Stadium crowd of 3,247.

The Bulldogs (19-16, 5-8 SEC) scored a run in the ninth to force extra innings and then took a 6-4 lead in the 10th, but Alabama responded with three runs over the final two innings off closer Jared Cheek. George Salem led off the bottom of the 11th with a double and scored on White’s walk-off single to take game one of an SEC series. The Tide improved to 17-15 overall and 5-8 in the SEC.

“We had opportunity after opportunity to score runs all night, and it was a good game to watch if you were in the stands but tough if you were in the dugout,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “Overall, we didn’t execute enough to win. We didn’t stop fighting and rallied to tie in the ninth and take a lead in the 10th off their best bullpen guys, but we didn’t do enough of the little things to win.”

The Bulldogs had a 3-2 lead going to the seventh and Alabama scored a pair of unearned run to surge ahead 4-3. With a runner at second and one out in the eighth, Casey Hughston lined a ball to second baseman Mike Bell who smothered it, but his underhanded throw to first was too high and he reached on the error. Salem was aboard after a leadoff walk and moved in to scoring position with a stolen base. Freshman left-hander Bo Tucker struck out Kyle Overstreet for the second out. However, Cody Henry (3-for-4, 3 RBI) continued a big night with a two-run double and a 4-3 lead.

In the ninth, Georgia tied the game on a sacrifice fly by senior Jared Walsh off Tide closer Thomas Burrows. The first three Bulldogs reached in the frame to set the table for Walsh. In the inning, Georgia executed a double steal to put runners at second and third for senior Brandon Stephens (3-for-6, 2 RBI). Georgia tried to score the go-ahead run on a shallow fly ball to center but instead it resulted in a double play to keep it 4-4.

The Bulldogs left 14 men on base Friday starting in the second when it loaded the bases with one out. Alabama left-hander Taylor Guilbeau came back to record strikeouts of Bell and DJ Smith to keep it a scoreless contest. Alabama responded by taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the frame courtesy of a run-scoring single by Chance Vincent. Bulldog right-hander Sean McLaughlin kept it 1-0 by eventually striking out the side as the Tide stranded a pair in scoring position. The Bulldogs tied the game in the top of the third. Nick King drew a leadoff walk, collected his 13th stolen base of the year and raced home on a two-out RBI-single from Stephens.

For the second straight inning, the Tide managed to hit one over the head of right fielder Skyler Weber, this one resulted in a two-out, RBI-triple for Henry and a 2-1 edge. The Bulldogs answered in the fifth to take their first lead of the night with a two-out rally of their own. Stephen Wrenn got it started with a base hit to extend his on base streak to all 35 games this season. Walsh drew a walk and Stephens came through again with his second two-out, RBI-single to tie the contest. Then, Daniel Nichols made it 3-2 Georgia with a run-scoring single.

Neither starter figured in the decision as both teams bullpen combined to allow seven runs. Junior right-hander Sean McLaughlin started for the Bulldogs and struck out a career-high 9 in 6.1 innings while Guilbeau went six innings and allowed three runs on six hits with five walks and five strikeouts. Ultimately, Mitch Greer (1-1) picked up the win with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief while Cheek (2-2) surrendered three runs on five hits for the loss.

In the 10th, freshman Keegan McGovern lined an RBI-double off Tide closer Thomas Burrows to put Georgia back in front 5-4. Later with two outs and the bases loaded, Wrenn notched an RBI on a walk for a 6-4 lead. However in the bottom of the inning, the first three Tide hitters reached including an RBI-single by J.C. Wilhite and a game-tying sacrifice fly by Vincent to push it to the 11th.

The series continues Saturday with first pitch slated for 4:05 p.m. ET.

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Five Bulldogs Make MLB Opening Day Rosters

Five Bulldogs Make MLB Opening Day Rosters

Posted on 08 April 2015 by Allen

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Former Bulldogs Gordon Beckham, Brooks Brown, Josh Fields, Justin Grimm and Alex Wood made the Major League rosters earlier this week.

These five Bulldogs all played in the majors during the 2014 season.

Wood was the first to see action this season as he started and earned a win for the Atlanta Braves this past Tuesday against Miami. A second round pick in 2012, he is in his third season in the majors. In 2014, he saw action as a starter and reliever and enjoyed a breakout campaign, going 11-11 with a 2.78 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 35 games.

Brown made his MLB debut last season, and this year marked the first time he was on an Opening Day Roster. He posted a 2.77 ERA in 28 games with the Rockies last season, recording 21 strikeouts and only five walks in 26 innings pitched. During spring training, he tallied a 1.59 ERA in 10 relief appearances to help make the club. Brown spent eight full seasons in the Minors, pitching in the Diamondbacks, Tigers and Pirates organization before breaking through with the Rockies in 2014. He was the 35th overall pick of the Diamondbacks in the 2006 draft.
Beckham, the eighth overall pick of the 2008 draft by Chicago, returned to the White Sox this offseason after spending the last month of the 2014 campaign with the Anaheim Angels. He is in his seventh season in the majors and has a career batting average of .245 with 63 home runs and 284 RBI. His initial role this season looks to be as a utility infielder.

Fields, a first round pick in the 2008 draft, is in his third season with the Astros as a reliever. He starts the season on the 15-day disabled list due to a groin strain. He is 5-9 with a 4.66 ERA and nine saves in 95 games in the majors.

Grimm, now in his fourth year in the majors and second with the Cubs, again will serve as a reliever. He was a fifth round pick of the Rangers in 2010 and spent time as a starter and reliever. In his MLB career, Grimm is 13-12 with a 5.37 ERA and one save in 105 games including 19 starts.

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Georgia Tech tops UGA, 13-6

Georgia Tech tops UGA, 13-6

Posted on 01 April 2015 by Allen

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Georgia Tech scored eight runs in the first three innings and went on to post a 13-6 win over No. 21 Georgia Tuesday at Foley Field in front of a crowd of 3,188.

The Bulldogs issued nine walks and made three errors to aid the Yellow Jackets (18-10) who won the first of three meetings this season against their rival. The teams next meet on Tech’s campus in Atlanta on April 14 and wrap up the series on May 12 at Turner Field.

Georgia freshman starter Ryan Avidano lasted 2.2 innings and received the loss, surrendering eight runs, six earned on five hits and four walks. Avidano’s record fell to 3-2 on the season.

Despite the loss, the Georgia offense did show some flashes Tuesday. Stephen Wrenn, Skyler Weber, Jared Walsh, Mike Bell and Nick King all had two hits. Weber and King each had two RBI, while Walsh had an RBI of his own. Wrenn had a leadoff triple in the first to extend his on base streak to all 30 games this season.

Half of Georgia’s ten hits came in the second inning, when the Bulldogs scored five runs. It was the Bulldogs’ 11th time scoring four or more runs in an inning this season. However, Tech came right back to score three runs with the help of a couple of miscues to build an 8-5 advantage.

“We continue to walk too many batters, the other day we walked 15 and still won but you can’t keep doing that plus we had three errors that led to four unearned runs tonight, and it was right after we had a chance to get the momentum back,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “Georgia Tech took advantage of our mistakes and made some nice plays in the field and didn’t make any errors.”

A couple of bright spots out of the Bulldog bullpen were sophomore Bo Tucker who pitched 2.1 scoreless innings and freshman Max Ford made a solid debut. He inherited a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and registered a strikeout. He tossed the final 1.1 innings, blanking Tech. Ford had seen action in five games as an infielder.

Georgia Tech scored 13 runs on 13 hits. Left fielder Matt Gonzalez paced the attack, going 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs. Reliever Matt Phillips picked up the win improving his record to 3-0 on the campaign.

Georgia (18-12, 5-4 SEC) returns to action Friday night at 7:05 p.m. as they play host to #1 ranked Vanderbilt (22-6, 7-2 SEC).

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Georgia Football Holds First Spring Scrimmage

Georgia Football Holds First Spring Scrimmage

Posted on 29 March 2015 by Allen

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The Georgia football team conducted its first scrimmage of the spring Saturday afternoon at Sanford Stadium.

Saturday’s scrimmage was the seventh practice of the spring for the Bulldogs, and they will scrimmage against next weekend before the G-Day game on Saturday, April 11 at 2 p.m.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Brice Ramsey was 16-for-32 for 232 yards and two touchdowns, while junior Faton Bauta went 17-for-30 with a team-high 247 yards and a pair touchdowns. Jacob Park was 4-for-7 for 187 yards and a long of 69 yards.

“There were flashes by all of them at times,” said Georgia coach Mark Richt. “They just dropped back and knew exactly what to do and threw a beautiful strike or threw a hot route, but there were also times when you just shake your head a little bit. I think they all have to learn that not every play is going to be successful. Sometimes you have to throw it away. There are times we still hold the ball too long, which will get you beat.”

Redshirt sophomore A.J.Turman was the leading rusher with 87 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, while senior Quayvon Hicks ran for 71 yards on nine attempts, and Brendan Douglas had 14 carries for 30 yards primarily against the No. 1 defense.

Richt noted that sophomore Nick Chubb played every third down and did not have any stats during the scrimmage, focusing mainly on pass protection and route running. Senior tailback Keith Marshall was held out to a hamstring issue.

Senior Justin Scott-Wesley hauled in eight catches for 127 yards and a score, while redshirt freshman Matt Price had 129 yards and a touchdown on two receptions. Clay Johnson added five catches for 101 yards, and sophomore tight end Jeb Blazevich grabbed four catches for 57 yards and a touchdown.

Senior transfer Jake Ganus, led the way defensively with 10 tackles, an interception, pass break-up and a sack. Senior Chris Mayes tallied seven tackles, including two for a loss, and a sack, while junior Tim Kimbrough registered six stops. Sophomore cornerback Malkolm Parrish had five tackles and an interception.

Said Richt: “There were a lot of plays – more plays than we had a year ago the first time around. We scrimmaged a long time today. We are seven days in, and we’ve had our first scrimmage. We have lot of great film to watch and a lot of great teaching. I thought the guys tried to compete hard. It was a pretty clean game.”

Georgia will return to the practice field on Tuesday.

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Bears Snap Georgia Winning Streak

Bears Snap Georgia Winning Streak

Posted on 24 March 2015 by Allen

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The Georgia Bulldogs saw their three-game winning streak snapped as Mercer posted a 12-8 decision Tuesday at Foley Field.

The Bears (16-11) jumped on freshman Blake Hamilton who was making his first career start, building a 7-0 lead by the second inning. The Bulldogs (15-10) fought back to get the tying run to the plate in the eighth but the Mercer bullpen preserved the lead in front of a crowd of 2,625.

Trailing 10-1, the Bulldogs began to heat up their bats in the sixth with three runs and added two in the seventh and two in the eighth. Zack Bowers went a career-best 4-for-5 with 3 RBI while Daniel Nichols had two hits and an RBI. Stephen Wrenn notched a single to extend his on base streak to all 25 games this year. Freshman Mitchell Webb smashed his second career home run. The Bears were paced by Kyle Lewis who went 2-for-5 with his team-leading 10th home run and three RBI.

Mercer starter Ryan Askew (3-2) earned the win, pitching 5.1 innings with only one of the four runs he allowed earned. Hamilton allowed six runs (four earned) in one inning. Georgia got a career high four innings from senior Zach Waters while Mike Mancuso went 2.2 innings and Austin Wallace pitched the final 1.1 innings. The Bears used six pitchers on the ninth including senior ace Eric Nyquist who took care of the ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts.

“I thought our kids fought; we certainly didn’t quit but we can’t start like that,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “It is tough to come back from a 10-1 deficit, but we did. We had the tying run on in the eighth. As badly as we began the game, we came back and had a chance.”

The Bulldogs left the bases loaded in the seventh and continued their hot hitting into the 8th where at one point the bases were loaded again.

Georgia plays host to Kennesaw State Wednesday. First pitch at Foley Field will be at 5:05 p.m. (SEC Network +).

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Georgia Football Practices In Full Pads

Georgia Football Practices In Full Pads

Posted on 24 March 2015 by Allen

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The Georgia football team held its first full pads practice of the spring Tuesday afternoon at the Woodruff Practice Fields. The Bulldogs worked out for two and a half hours in what was their fourth practice this spring.

A large contingent of faculty members and their families attended Tuesday’s practice as part of the Bulldogs’ annual faculty appreciation.

“It was a long, hard physical day,” said head coach Mark Richt. “I thought the guys fought hard, but we have to learn to fight even more. Little by little we are getting there.”

The Bulldogs have had a handful of practices under several new offensive assistant coaches. Said Greg Pyke on new offensive line coach Rob Sale: “Coach Sale is a really good guy. He is big on fundamentals, and he has put in some new things. We are doing a good job with that, and we had a good practice today.”

Georgia will practice again Thursday and Friday before the first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday.

The annual G-Day Game is slated for Saturday, April 11 at 2 p.m. Gates at Sanford Stadium will open at noon, and admission is free. The Bulldogs open their 2015 season against Louisians-Monroe in Athens on Sept. 5.

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Vols get swept in Athens

Vols get swept in Athens

Posted on 22 March 2015 by Allen

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Georgia crushed Tennessee 10-4 Sunday to complete a Southeastern Conference road sweep in front of a Lindsey Nelson Stadium crowd of 2,190.

It marked Georgia’s first SEC road sweep since 2009 (at Kentucky) and first SEC sweep by the Bulldogs since getting three from Auburn in Athens in 2012. Georgia now has won the series over Tennessee for the past five years.
Bulldog sophomore Stephen Wrenn led off the game with his third home run of the year. He hit the second pitch of Kyle Serrano off the scoreboard. Wrenn became the first Bulldog start a game with a blast since Nelson Ward at South Carolina in 2013. Then to start the second, junior first baseman Daniel Nichols smashed a Serrano offering over the scoreboard to make it 2-0. It was the fourth home run of the year for Nichols. In the third, Georgia scored four runs on two hits and a pair of Volunteer errors to chase Serrano. Nichols capped the scoring with a two-run single to give him 3 RBI in two trips to the plate and a 6-0 advantage.

Tennessee (9-11, 1-5 SEC) got a run back in the fourth on an RBI-single by Nathaniel Maggio. Tennessee made it 6-2 in the sixth as A.J. Simcox collected his first tiple and scored on an RBI-double by Christin Stewart. Georgia pushed its lead back up to five with a two-out run in the seventh for a 7-2 advantage. Zack Bowers reached on a walk, collected a stolen base, made it third on an infield hit by Jared Walsh and scored on a wild pitch by Hunter Martin.

The Bulldogs (15-9, 3-3 SEC) extended their lead to 9-2 with two runs on three hits in the eighth as Wrenn and Weber picked up an RBI apiece. With two on and two outs in the eighth, Georgia lifted junior starting pitcher Sean McLaughlin was lifted in favor of freshman Bo Tucker. After surrendering an RBI-single to Andrew Lee, he struck out Maggio. Georgia answered in the top of the ninth as Walsh blasted a solo home run for a 10-3 lead. It was the second home run of the year for Walsh and third of the day for the Bulldogs. Senior Jared Cheek took care of the ninth and the Volunteers managed to plate a run for a 10-4 final.

McLaughlin earned the win after going 7.2 innings and allowing three runs on seven hits to improve to 2-1 while Serrano dropped to 1-3.

“I’m really proud of the team in how they responded this weekend and followed up our Friday win with another Saturday and finished it off today,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “It’s funny after Sean (McLaughlin) came out there in the eighth, he came up to me and said that was the worst game he’s ever pitched, but he was still able to get us to that point and the defense behind him played exceptional. I thought Daniel Nichols had a key at bat for us with the two-run single to get us a big lead. We battled and now we’ll get ready for Mercer on Tuesday.”

The Bulldogs return home for a pair of midweek contests before going back on the road in the SEC Friday at nationally ranked South Carolina. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs play host to Mercer. First pitch at Foley Field will be at 6:05 p.m.

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Bulldogs Welcome Lettermen To Saturday Practice

Bulldogs Welcome Lettermen To Saturday Practice

Posted on 22 March 2015 by Allen

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The Georgia Bulldogs welcomed a large contingent of former Bulldogs to their Saturday afternoon practice, the third of 15 sessions this spring.

“It was good to have our lettermen here,” head coach Mark Richt said. “We had over 150 or so. It was great to host them today. We caught great weather for that.”

Saturday marked the first workout where the Bulldogs donned shoulder pads as the competition heats up for players looking to make an impact this spring and fall.

“We’re repping a lot of guys,” Richt said. “There are a lot of good things, a lot of bad things too. There’s a lot of opportunity right now but guys have to take care of business if they expect to get some playing time. They have to earn their position.”

The Bulldogs are working toward their annual G-Day game at Sanford Stadium, which is slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. The Bulldogs will open their 2015 season against the University of Louisiana at Monroe in Athens on September 15.

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