Georgia baseball sweeps Eastern Illinois


You spend a good bit of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end you find out that it was the other way around all the time. – Jim Bouton

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The 2015 Georgia baseball team christened renovated Foley Field with a three game sweep of Eastern Illinois this past weekend. The Bulldogs completed the sweep Sunday on the back of a six-run fifth inning leading to a 11-1 win.

Stephen Wrenn, (3-for-5, RBI, run scored) Nick King, (2-for-2, 2 runs scored, 2 RBIs, stolen base) and Skyler Weber (1-for-3, two RBIs, run scored) led the way for the Bulldog offense, accounting for five of 11 runs and six of 14 hits. Wrenn hit a team-best .462 (6-for-14) in the series while sophomore infielder Mike Bell had four extra base hits and seven RBI against the Panthers on the weekend. Georgia outscored EIU 39-6.

Georgia head coach Scott Stricklin summed up the weekend for “You throw it, you catch it, you hit, the guys did a great job.” The Dawgs committed no errors over the weekend and hit the ball with authority. The result was a 39 run weekend for the Dawgs at the plate and a six run weekend for Dawg pitchers.

Junior David Sosebee earned the win Sunday going six shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out five.

On Saturday, Freshman Mitchell Webb hit his first career home run and the Bulldogs collected three triples as Georgia (2-0) defeated Eastern Illinois 10-2.

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“We no hit them after the first inning, so defensively again another solid outing,” Georgia head coach Scott Stricklin told “Ryan got the ball up and made a couple of bad 0-2 pitches (in the first inning), but for him to come back with five scoreless after that, and hitless as well, was huge.”

Zack Bowers, Brandon Stephens and Stephen Wrenn claimed the triples to tie a Georgia record with three triples in a game. Junior Ryan Lawlor (1-0) earned the win after giving up two runs on four hits in six innings of work.

On Friday, Mike Bell’s two home runs led an offensive explosion to open the Georgia season in 18-3 shellacking of the Panthers. Bell set a new career high with two home runs and five RBIs after posting one home run and 8 RBI in 104 at bats as a freshman.

Freshman left fielder Keegan McGovern added three hits and four RBIs (including a three-run home run) in his debut. Sophomore pitcher Robert Tyler (1-0) notched seven strikeouts and gave up three runs (two earned) in five innings of work to earn the victory.

“You can’t really ask for more than that,” coach Stricklin told We played good defense and all-around you can’t draw it up better than that.

Georgia’s five home runs was its most since 2009 when it had seven in a 24-8 victory over Ohio State in an NCAA Regional in Tallahassee, Fla.

Georgia visits Kennesaw State Tuesday before returning to Pinecrest Drive for a weekend series with the Florida State Seminoles.

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