Georgia Bulldog Weekend Brightened With Baseball and Tennis Sweeps


The baseball and tennis teams stepped up to sweep away the clouds left from the Dawg basketball loss to Michigan State and bring a little sunshine  to the Georgia Bulldog Nation.

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The Georgia baseball team swept Tennessee this past weekend, improving its conference record to 15-9, 3-3 in the SEC. It was Georgia’s first SEC road sweep since taking a weekend series from Auburn in 2012 and the first SEC road sweep since the Georgia took three from Kentucky in 2009.

“I’m really proud of the team in how they responded this weekend and followed up our Friday win with another Saturday and finished it off today,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin told “It’s funny after Sean (McLaughlin) came out there in the eighth, he came up to me and said that was the worst game he’s ever pitched, but he was still able to get us to that point and the defense behind him played exceptional. I thought Daniel Nichols had a key at bat for us with the two-run single to get us a big lead. We battled and now we’ll get ready for Mercer on Tuesday.”

Friday night, Senior Jared Walsh and freshman Bo Tucker held Tennessee to one run on five hits. Mike Bell’s two-run home run provided all the offense necessary for a 2-1 win. Saturday’s game began as another pitcher’s duel. But the Dawgs took advantage of Tennessee errors to overcome Tennessee’s slugging for a 12-7 win. On Sunday, the Bulldogs turned three spectacular double plays to frustrate the Volunteer offense while taking advantage of Sunday pitching to win 10-4.

Meanwhile, in Athens on Sunday the fifth-ranked Georgia men’s tennis team ran its winning streak to nine matches with a 4-0 win over South Carolina. The win leaves the Bulldogs (15-2, 7-0 SEC) alone at the top of the SEC.

The Dawgs began by taking a close doubles point battle, losing a tiebreaker at number 2 and winning a tiebreaker at number 3. The Dawgs then went on to shut out the Gamecocks in singles action.

“We knew South Carolina was a good team and it would take our very best today, said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz to “Our guys fought hard and won a tiebreaker at No. 1 doubles to clinch the point, and that gave us a lot of momentum. Nathan Pasha played a tremendous match at No. 3, but we still had close matches at Nos. 1 and 4. I’m proud of both of those guys for coming back from first sets and keeping their composure and fighting hard. It was great to see Ben Wagland clinch, and we felt comfortable with Austin about to serve for the match at No. 1.”

The Dawgs have six shut out wins this season, two shut outs in a row, and are 28-1 over the last 29 SC team matches.

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