Feb. 25, 2011
Baylor junior Logan Verrett and Bulldog junior Michael Palazzone were locked in a pitcher's duel until the Bears got a pair of runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to build a 3-0 advantage. Baylor (3-2) pushed across its first run on a successful squeeze bunt by catcher Joey Hainsfurther, scoring Brooks Pinckard. First baseman Max Muncy's RBI-single made it 2-0. In the sixth, Carl Towey reached on a walk and then collected two stolen bases and scored on a base hit by Steve DalPorto.
The Bulldogs (1-4) spoiled Verrett's shutout bid in the seventh when sophomore shortstop Kyle Farmer smashed a two-run home run. Junior designated hitter Chase Davidson drew a walk to start the inning. Following the blast, Baylor turned to its bullpen as Trae Davis and Pinckard combined to throw three scoreless and hitless innings. Georgia made several noisy outs, drilling three balls to the wall in left field that were hauled in by Logan Vick. Five of the last nine outs were recorded by Vick.
Verrett evened his record to 1-1 while Palazzone dropped to 0-1. The Bulldog right-hander allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings with one walk and six strikeouts. Pinckard collected a save.
"I thought Michael Palazzone did a good job of battling out there, and he has to get quicker to the plate to help out our catchers too ," said Georgia coach David Perno. "This was the first Friday night start under the lights for our freshman catcher Brandon Stephens. We need to keep getting good pitching like we did tonight and some more timely hitting. We didn't apply any pressure early in the game, and we have to get better at that."
The Bears went 7-for-7 in stolen bases while Boling picked off one runner.
Georgia junior Jonathan Hester went 1-for-3 to hit safely in all five games this year. In the second inning, junior Johnathan Taylor made a tremendous diving catch in centerfield to rob Towey of extra bases. Georgia got 1.1 scoreless innings of relief from sophomore Patrick Boling who struck out three. Bulldog pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts with only two walks. Senior Eric Swegman surrendered a run on three hits with three strikeouts over the final two innings.
The series resumes Saturday with first pitch slated for 2 p.m.