Feb. 19, 2012
Athens, Ga. ---The 11th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs blanked Presbyterian 11-0 Sunday, completing a three-game sweep at Foley Field.
Redshirt freshman Taylor Hicks made a fine debut, pitching four scoreless innings for the victory in a planned staff day as the Bulldogs improved to 3-0. Freshman David Sosebee, senior Chase Hawkins, junior Jesse Scott and redshirt freshman Jay Swinford combined to throw the final five frames and allowed just a pair of hits. The Bulldogs collected 12 hits on the afternoon including big days from seniors Levi Hyams (3-for-4, 2 RBI) and Colby May (2-for-3, 2 RBI).
After facing two batters, Presbyterian pitcher Steven Richardson was struck by a line drive off of the bat of junior Kyle Farmer. While he recorded an out on the play, he was unable to continue and was replaced by Matt Nodelman as the Blue Hose (0-3) ended up using eight pitchers on the day.
Georgia struck early with a four-run first. After Peter Verdin was hit by a pitch, and Conor Welton followed with a single, Hyams smacked a double to right field scoring both Verdin and Welton. May knocked in Hyams on a single to center and advanced to second base courtesy of a throwing error which scored Hyams. May also had an incredible defensive performance with 10 putouts including a couple diving catches.
The Bulldogs would add insurance runs over the next three innings to build an 8-0 lead by the fourth. In the second, junior Curt Powell led off with a double to left field and later scored on a Welton RBI. In the third, a leadoff walk by Hyams sparked another outburst. A single by May scored Hyams. After moving to second when Brett DeLoach was hit-by-pitch, May plated the seventh run of the game with help from a deep fly-out by Powell.
In a rain delayed 7th, the Bulldogs hammered three more runs across the plate. After singles by Hyams and senior Jonathan Hester, freshman Heath Holder knocked in a run in his first career at-bat. Freshman pinch hitter Nelson Ward followed and knocked in the final runs giving the Bulldogs an 11-0 lead.
"We carried some momentum into today's game after Saturday and had a much better approach at the plate," said Georgia coach David Perno. "I thought Taylor (Hicks) was solid, he threw strikes and we played great defense again. It was unfortunate that Presbyterian's starter got hurt on the 3rd batter of the game, and I know that messed up their pitching plans for the day. I like the way our team pulls for each other; we've got fine leadership from our veterans. We got clutch hits this weekend and took care of the baseball."
Georgia will return to action against Georgia State Wednesday at Foley Field. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.