Georgia Tops Presbyterian 8-7

Highlights of Georgia's 8-7 victory over Presbyterian as the Bulldogs get ready to open SEC play this weekend.

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March 15, 2017

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ATHENS, Ga. - Led by a perfect day at the plate from freshman Aaron Schunk, the Georgia Bulldogs edged Presbyterian 8-7 on Wednesday at Foley Field.

Tied at seven, Georgia took the final lead of the game in the seventh inning. Sophomore Adam Sasser, who entered the game in the seventh at first base, singled to right field to score freshman Austin Biggar from second off Blue Hose reliever Colton Springs.

In the first inning, Georgia jumped to a quick 1-0 advantage with a couple of hits from freshman Tucker Maxwell and sophomore Michael Curry, but Presbyterian responded in the second with a Nick Wise grand slam against freshman Justin Glover (0-1).

Schunk and Curry each picked up a home run in the fourth and fifth innings to cut the Blue Hose margin to 4-3. In the top of the sixth, Presbyterian surged ahead 7-3, featuring a Brett Auckland two-run home run off Georgia reliever Christian Ryder.

Georgia evened the score at seven with a four-run sixth. Freshman Will Proctor knocked a three-run home run to score Schunk and freshman Tucker Bradley, and junior Keegan McGovern singled to bring freshman Cam Shepherd home from first.

Sophomore Ryan Avidano (1-0) and freshman Zac Kristofak held Presbyterian scoreless in their respective two relief innings. Sophomore Adam Goodman came in for the final out for his first career save.

Georgia improves its record to 8-10, while Presbyterian falls to 9-10. The Bulldogs are now 4-6 in one-run games this season.

Dawg Tracks
- In addition to a 4-for-4 day, Schunk recorded his first career home run with a blast to right in the bottom of the fourth inning.
- Maxwell doubled in the first inning, marking his 13th consecutive game reaching base.
- Curry recorded two more RBI for a team-leading 22 on the year.
- McGovern's game-tying single in the sixth extended a seven-game hitting streak.

Coach's Corner
Ike Cousins Head Coach Scott Stricklin
"We fought back, it was 7-3 and we made three errors just not playing good baseball and walked too many guys. But then Will Proctor hits a three-run homerun and all the sudden we had life again and that's all it takes is one guy to step up and that's what we talked about. Hitting is contagious and once Will got that hit the next thing you know we start swinging the bats better and playing defense better. The last three innings we played really good baseball. We just have to clean it up though, we have to quit walking guys and have to make routine plays. We've made too many mistakes and when we get into the SEC we're not going to be able to make those mistakes and be OK. Those are the things that shot us in the foot coming into today, and we did it again today but we found a way to overcome it and get the win."

Player's Perspective
Freshman 3b Aaron Schunk
On his four-hit game:
"I let myself settle in. As a team we're being positive right now. We're telling guys to go up there and do damage and swing the bat with a purpose and it's paying off right now and we're hoping that rolls into LSU. "

Sophomore C Michael Curry
On today's win:
"I felt really good, especially leading into LSU, big SEC opener weekend. It's good to see, especially other guys, Keegan (McGovern), swinging the bat really well."

On his team-leading RBI:
"I just come up in the situation, and I've had a lot of opportunities. The guys are doing a great job getting on, and we just got to keep going. "

Up Next
Georgia travels to face the sixth-ranked LSU Tigers for a three-game series on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to open SEC action.                       


 

 

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