March 12, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. ----The Bulldogs used a five-run seventh inning to take the lead and then pull away from Appalachian State in a 9-4 victory Tuesday night at Foley Field.
Georgia (8-8) strung together some timely hits late in the game to power past Appalachian State as eight of their nine runs came with two outs. Senior Curt Powell led the offensive attack, going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Powell extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Brett DeLoach had two RBIs and a home run that helped cement the Georgia lead late in the game.
Appalachian State (8-6) drew first blood, compliments of a few well-placed base hits and two RBI singles by Will Callaway and William Head. The Mountaineers took an early 2-0 advantage after the first frame.
The Bulldogs scored their first run of the ball game in the third. With two outs, Powell lined a double to left field. Kyle Farmer knocked him in with an RBI single to right field. After two consecutive walks, the Bulldogs had the bases loaded but were unable to add any more runs in the inning. Georgia tied the contest in the fifth when sophomore Justin Bryan hit his first home run of the season, a towering shot over the left field wall.
The Mountaineers answered back with a home run of their own. Preston Troutman smacked a home run to right field, retaking the lead for his team. Appalachian State led 3-2 after six innings.
After two scoreless innings, the Bulldogs were able to string together a two-out rally, plating five runs off of five hits. Freshman Daniel Nichols and senior Brett DeLoach both had RBI singles; freshman D.J. Smith had a two-run single and Nelson Ward drove in Smith for the final run of the inning, extending his hitting streak to nine games. The Bulldogs added insurance a pair of insurance runs in the eighth off of a two-run home run by DeLoach. Georgia led with a score of 9-3 after eight.
"We got solid pitching tonight and some big two-out hits," said Georgia coach David Perno. "It took us a while to get a timely hit, and then we got a few of them. I was pleased with all our pitching, and it's great to see a couple of guys get going at the plate in Brett DeLoach and Daniel Nichols. They came up big tonight."
Appalachian State added one more run late in the game off of an RBI single by Hector Crespo but ultimately was not enough to forge a comeback ending in a final score of 9-4.
Georgia starting pitcher David Gonzalez lasted three innings, giving up two runs off five hits. Bulldog relief featured Mike Mancuso, Blake Dieterich, and Jared Walsh. Dietrich (1-0) picked up his first win of the season with two scoreless innings and two strikeouts plus a nifty pickoff at second.
Appalachian State starting pitcher Chad Farmer tossed three innings, surrendering one run off of only two hits while walking five batters. The Mountaineer's used Rob Howard, Ryne Frankoff, and Caleb McCann out of the pen. Frankoff (0-1) received the loss after allowing four runs on three hits.
Georgia will wrap up the two-game series against Appalachian State Wednesday at Foley Field. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.