Georgia Baseball Hits Reality in Statesboro Against Georgia Southern


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The Georgia baseball team roared into Statesboro riding an 18 national rank, 6-1 record and a double header sweep of powerhouse program Florida State. The Dawgs limped home Sunday after being swept in the three game series by Georgia Southern.

It could have been worse. Bulldog pitching ace Robert Tyler left Friday’s game due to injury in the fourth inning. An MRI on his right elbow Saturday revealed no structural damage. The injury is muscular in nature, and he will be progressed back to pitching as tolerated.

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The Eagles went on to win Friday night’s game 4-3. Georgia Southern completed the weekend Georgia by taking Sunday’s doubleheader 1-0 and 4-3 at J.I. Clements Stadium.

“It’s very disappointing to lose three one-run games, and the bottom line is we didn’t get it done,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin told “We didn’t deserve to win, we had poor at bats in crucial situations and we didn’t play well in our first road trip. You have to credit Georgia Southern because they got the clutch hits and made the pitches when we had our chances.”

In game one Sunday, four Georgia Southern pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout for the 1-0 victory. Suspended due to rain in the bottom of the second inning, the game began on Saturday.

The Eagles ace reliever Jason Richman went four and a third scoreless innings to improve to 3-0 while Ryan Lawlor dropped to 2-1. Georgia junior David Sosebee provided six and a third scoreless innings and tied his career high with eight strikeouts. Eagle closer Chris Brown pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

In game two, the Eagles rallied back for a 4-3 victory. Junior right-hander Sean McLaughlin started and went five innings and struck out six before giving way to a trio of relievers. Senior Jared Walsh allowed a pair of runs and sophomore Connor Jones got the loss to fall to 0-1 after walking two and surrendering the two-run single to Griffin. Ryan Frederick tossed three scoreless innings for his first win while Brown notched his third save of the series and fifth on the year.

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