Georgia Rolls Past Winthrop 13-5

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Feb. 24, 2012

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ATHENS, Ga. --- Freshman Hunter Cole went 4-for-5 and had two RBIs to lead ninth-ranked Georgia past Winthrop 13-5 Friday at Foley Field.

Eight of Georgia's 16 hits on the night went for extra bases as the Bulldogs remained undefeated at 5-0 while the Eagles dropped to 0-5. Georgia sophomore pitcher Alex Wood went six innings for the win to move his record to 2-0.

The Bulldogs took an early lead in the first, when junior shortstop Kyle Farmer hit a double to drive in senior outfielder Peter Verdin for the first run of the game. Farmer also scored in the first, bringing the score to 2-0. Georgia scored again in the third when Cole was credited with an RBI-double in the third to make it 3-0. There was some discussion among Georgia coach David Perno and the umpiring crew if the ball cleared the fence and bounced off the television stand and back in to play. However, the ball was ruled an RBI-double.

After being blanked through the first four frames, the Eagles grabbed a 4-3 lead in the fifth. However, the Bulldogs responded with a four-run outburst of their own. Wood came back to pitch a perfect sixth inning before a trio of relievers preserved the win.

Verdin, Cole, Levi Hyams and Brett DeLoach all scored off of a total of five hits in Georgia's big inning. Georgia increased its lead, 8-4, in the seventh inning when DeLoach was driven in on a single by senior Colby May.

In the eighth, Hyams blasted a run-scoring triple to right field to bring in Farmer. Moments later, DeLoach made it 10-4 when he brought in Hyams on a single. DeLoach went 3-for-5 with two RBI while Hyams went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Winthrop added a run in the ninth off freshman Luke Crumley.

"I liked how we bounced back after Winthrop grabbed the lead," said Perno. "We were cruising along and then we were behind. It's a credit to the guys for responding right away, and it's nice to see Wood come back with a strong inning after the four-spot."

The Bulldogs return to action Saturday at 1 p.m. for the second game of the series with the Eagles

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