Georgia Baseball Swept by Top Ranked Vanderbilt


The up and down Georgia baseball season was down this weekend as top ranked Vanderbilt swept the Dawgs.

After losing Friday and Saturday to number one ranked Vanderbilt, the Georgia baseball team (18-15, 5-7 SEC) positioned itself for an Easter Sunday upset to salvage a game off the series, but the Commodores rallied with a three run seventh inning for the win.

“We have to get better doing the little things; we made little mistakes in each game. We played a little cleaner today, but we grounded into a few double plays,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin told “You just have to find a way to beat a team like that; they are not going to beat themselves. There is no question that Vanderbilt is one of the best teams in the country, they are ranked number one for a reason, but we had chances to win and we just didn’t take advantage of our opportunities.”

Pitcher Jared Walsh opened Sunday’s game with six strong innings, allowing just one run on two hits, while striking out five and walking six. Freshman Bo Tucker picked up the loss, giving up three runs on four hits in 1.1 innings. Senior Jared Cheek pitched the final 1.2 innings of the game, holding the Commodores scoreless on just one hit.

Friday night, the Commodores outscored the Bulldogs 9-7. Vanderbilt scored all nine of its runs with two out. Georgia batters came through with 10 hits, but two key double plays allowed Vanderbilt to stay ahead of Georgia early. The Bulldogs scored two runs off Vandy relievers while the Georgia bullpen held Vandy scoreless, but the early Commodore advantage was too much to overcome.

On Saturday, the Dawgs pounded out 14 hits but fell to Vandy 11-7after leaving 12 men on base.

“Vanderbilt got the clutch hits, and we need to do a better job of executing when we have opportunities.” Stricklin told” We left the bases loaded a few times. We scored some runs today but overall you have to play really well to beat the number one team in the country.”