Georgia Baseball Takes Home Series From FSU


The Georgia baseball team challenged mighty FSU to an early season series looking for signs of improvement. Improvement found as the Dawgs win two of three.

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The Georgia baseball team invited FSU in to Foley field for an early season pop quiz this past weekend. The Dawgs acquitted themselves well and if their weekend work is an indication, this is a much-improved Diamond Dawg baseball team.

After dropping Friday’s matchup, the Bulldogs returned to sweep Saturday’s doubleheader over the 11 ranked Florida State Seminoles at Foley Field Saturday.

The series victory is Georgia’s first over a top 25 opponent since taking two of three from then seventh ranked South Carolina May 2-4, 2014 at Foley Field.

Offensively, the Bulldogs (5-1) combined for 14 runs on 18 hits in Saturday’s two contests. On the mound, Georgia’s starters yielded three runs on nine hits in 12 innings of work on the day.

“That was a satisfying (series) win, no question about it,” head coach Scott Stricklin said told “We came into this weekend saying ‘We need to win this series.’ Certainly you can’t win every game and you can say `what if’ about last night. The bottom line is our kids came out today after losing a tough one last night and swept a doubleheader from a nationally ranked team and that’s exciting for all of us.”

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The Bulldogs used a three-run fourth inning to get the first win Saturday. Senior Jared Walsh powered the Bulldog attack, batting 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. The Bulldog bullpen shut the door on the Seminoles with freshman Bo Tucker and senior Jared Cheek combining to allow one hit in three innings. Cheek claimed the save.

If you are going to win in college baseball, you have to hit the ball on Sunday and the Dawgs did just that in the nightcap, using a 13-hit outburst to get the 10-5 win.

Sophomore Trevor Kieboom went 3-for-5 with a solo homerun. Keegan McGovern went 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Junior right-hander David Sosebee (2-0) got the win, allowing two runs on five hits in five innings. Walsh followed up his early afternoon offensive heroics with two innings of evening work on the mound for the Dawgs. Drew Moody and Connor Jones pitched the final two innings.

The Dawgs bounced back from a disappointing series opener. On Friday, Georgia limited FSU to five earned runs while pounding out 11 hits. But the Dawgs left 13 men on base and, after a furious two out ninth inning rally, watched the winning run be picked off first base for the final out to lose 7-5.

Georgia returns to action on Tuesday when they play host to Presbyterian in a mid-week, non-conference game. First pitch is for 4 pm EST.

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