April 16, 2012
ATHENS-----Georgia posted a 5-3 win over Liberty Monday at Foley Field to improve to 23-14 on the year.
Liberty (30-10) jumped ahead 2-0 in the first compliments off a sacrifice fly from Tyler Cox and then a pair of wild pitches from redshirt freshman Taylor Hicks allowed Bryan Aanderud to score after reaching with a base hit. The Bulldogs responded in the third inning, scoring three runs on four hits off of Jacob Kemmerer to take a 3-2 lead. Kyle Farmer, Colby May and Jared Walsh notched RBI in the frame.
In the fourth, Powell collected his second hit of the day and eventually scored on a run-scoring single by senior Peter Verdin for a 4-2 edge. Redshirt freshman Ross Ripple (2-0) came in for Hicks in the third and provided two scoreless innings to earn his second win of the year. Kemmerer was lifted after four innings, allowing four runs on seven hits to fall to 3-2. The Flames made it a one-run contest in the sixth off senior Chase Hawkins. Alex Close picked up his third hit of the game to start the inning and later scored on a base hit by Dalton Sype. Hawkins got out of further trouble by retiring Ian Parmley as they had two in scoring position when he bounced out.
Georgia got the run back in its half of the fifth courtesy of a blast from freshman left fielder Justin Bryan. It was his third career hit as he has a grand slam, a double and a solo home run. Fifteen of Georgia's 20 home runs on the year have been solo shots including the last nine. Bulldog freshman second baseman Nelson Ward had a career-high 3-hit afternoon. Monday marked Georgia's fifth game in the past six days. Sophomore Earl Daniels pitched one inning with two strikeouts and then junior Bryan Benzor pitched two scoreless innings for his second save.
"We're in good shape as far as holding up with all these games in a row," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We got some guys some rest today, and we'll probably get a few more Tuesday. It's great to see some of the young guys like Nelson Ward with three hits and Justin Bryan with a home run take advantage of some playing time. We started off a little sluggish but came back and that's something we've been able to do here lately. Bryan Benzor was sharp, and everybody threw strikes today."
Georgia will be back in action Tuesday when it plays host to Furman (17-20) at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs will start freshman right-hander David Sosebee (2-0, 5.79 ERA) while the Paladins counter with freshman right-hander Elliott Warford (2-0, 3.46 ERA, 7 Saves).