Feb. 27, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. --- An early nine-run outburst by 16th-ranked Baylor was too much for Georgia to overcome Sunday as they fell 19-12 at Foley Field in front of a crowd of 2,195.
Baylor (4-3) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Joey Hainsfurther smacked a one-out double to deep center, driving in Logan Vick (3-for-4, 3 RBI). Hainsfurther advanced to third on a Max Muncy sac fly, but Georgia starter Craig Gullickson extinguished the threat by striking out Dan Evatt to retire the side. In the bottom of the frame, a spectacular diving catch by leftfielder Vick on a two-out, Chase Davidson fly ball snuffed out Georgia's chance to get on the board. Davidson finished the day 3-for-5 with two RBI as the Bulldogs pounded out 18 hits including a career-high 5-for-6 performance by junior second baseman Levi Hyams.
The Bulldogs (2-5) struggled defensively in the third, allowing the Bears to erupt to a 10-0 lead on five hits and three Georgia errors. Baylor batted around as the Bulldogs utilized an array of relievers in the frame. Overall, eight Georgia pitchers saw action Sunday as the Bears collected 21 hits to clinch the series. They scored in seven of the nine innings
In the fifth, the Bulldogs got on the board with two runs courtesy of consecutive RBI singles from Peter Verdin and Hyams. Georgia's offense tallied 12 runs over the final five frames.
Baylor starter Trent Blank earned the win, tossing five innings and allowing just two runs on four hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Gullickson, who was making his Bulldogs debut, got the loss, pitching 2.1 innings. He gave up nine runs, however only three were earned, on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
In the seventh, Davidson (3-for-5, 2 RBI) knocked in two runs with a double to put the score at 16-6. Baylor picked up another run in the eighth as Brooks Pinckard (3-for-7, 3 RBI) recorded an RBI single off of reliever Patrick Boling. Georgia tallied one run, as well, when Hyams delivered an RBI double, and the Bulldogs entered the bottom of the ninth trailing 19-7. Georgia plated five runs for the final margin.
"We looked like we were panicking and rushing out there," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We felt like we were prepared for today. Unfortunately, we weren't."
"Our bats are starting to come alive, and that part is encouraging," Perno added. "I know we're going to take good care of the baseball. We've just got to work harder."
Georgia will return to action against Furman on Wednesday, March 2, in Greenville, S.C. The game will be played at Fluor Field, home of the Greenville Drive, a minor league baseball team of the South Atlantic League.