March 13, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The No. 18 Georgia Bulldogs defeated Alcorn State 8-5, Tuesday at Foley Field.
Georgia (12-5) used a seven-run inning in the sixth to take a definitive lead, 8-1, over the Braves (3-12) and snapped a three-game losing streak. The surge began when freshman left fielder Justin Bryan logged his first career start and first career hit with a two-run double to bring in Jared Walsh and Kevin Ruiz. Bryan scored moments later and brought the score to 4-1, when junior Joey Delmonico doubled to left field.
The Bulldogs increased their advantage when Alcorn State pitcher Joan Ortiz walked four consecutive batters to bring in Delmonico and Conor Welton. Levi Hyams scored on a wild pitch and Kyle Farmer was driven in by Walsh to round out the seven run push.
"We've done a good job the last three games in drawing walks after not getting any last Friday," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We had six Saturday and eight Sunday against UCLA and eight more tonight. We're having better at bats, and we hope to get more hits Wednesday as we still got outhit. Still, this was a good win for the guys and nice to see them bounce back. Justin Bryan and Joey Delmonico got a chance today and they came up with a couple of key hits in our big inning. This is our last midweek series before we get in to SEC action, and so everybody deserves a shot."
Georgia opened the contest with David Sosebee at the mound, who pitched 2.1 scoreless innings as the Bulldogs continued their staff approach in midweek contests. Freshman Luke Crumley was credited with the win after he pitched two innings, allowing two runs and tallied two strikeouts. The Bulldog bullpen was out in full force, as six different pitchers saw action against the Braves.
Braves reliever Harrison Gary recorded the loss after pitching one inning and giving up five runs off of three hits and two walks. Joseph Camp started the night for the Braves, and pitched four scoreless innings. In all, five Alcorn State pitchers saw action.
The Braves scored in the fourth inning off of back-to-back doubles by Rodney Warren and Eduardo Gonzalez for a 1-0 lead. Georgia tied the game in the fifth inning when Welton brought in Curt Powell on a groundout. Powell reached on a single, advanced to second on a throwing error and took third on a passed ball.
The Braves rallied to post four runs in the eighth inning to close the gap to 8-5. Edgardo Salas singled to drive in Devin Dukes who was pinch running for Christian Hickman and Gonzalez walked to bring in Salas. Angel Rosa followed up with a long single to center field as Jann Butler and Warren crossed home plate.
Georgia wraps up a two-game home stand with Alcorn State on Wednesday at 5 p.m.