Georgia Takes A Pair of Games From Vanderbilt, 4-2
and 3-2 on Saturday
ATHENS, Ga. - Kyle Keen's walk-off bloop single in
the bottom of the ninth gave Georgia a 3-2 win to cap
off a pair of victories over Vanderbilt, Saturday, May
3 at Foley Field. The Bulldogs won the first game of
the day, a halted contest that started on Friday evening,
The pair of losses drops Vanderbilt to 22-22 overall
and 10-13 in the Southeastern Conference. Georgia locks
up its first series win of the year and improves to
25-22 overall, 7-16 in the league.
The Bulldogs trailed 2-1 entering the ninth inning
of game two but each of the first two batters reached
base off Commodore reliever Jensen Lewis (2-5). David
Coffey singled and Lee Mitchell followed with a walk.
A sacrifice bunt by Jon Armitage moved runners to second
before Justin McClain was intentionally walked. With
the bases loaded, Lewis coaxed Marshall Szabo into an
infield fly for the second out of the inning. But Lewis
plunked the next batter, Justin Holmes, to force in
the tying run in Coffey. That brought up Keen, who blooped
a 2-2 pitch into shallow center field for the game-winner.
Georgia's Brent Benefield earned the win (2-3) in
relief. He struck out the only batter he faced in the
Vanderbilt grabbed a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth
when Warner Jones doubled and John Kaye followed with
a sharp run-scoring single to center field.
Overshadowed in the late-inning heroics was the pitching
of Commodore starter Robert Ransom and Georgia starter
Will Startup. Ransom allowed only three hits and an
eighth-inning run while striking out six without a walk
in seven and a third innings. He retired 11 in a row
before running into trouble in the eighth.
Startup lasted eight and two thirds innings, scattering
six hits, two runs (one earned) and five strikeouts
without a walk.
Vanderbilt's Jones and Kaye recorded a pair of hits
as did Georgia's Coffey.
Vanderbilt took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning when
Tony Mansolino reached base on a fielder's choice and
scored on a dropped fly ball by UGA left fielder Josh
Smith that was hit by Jeff Boutwell.
Georgia evened the score in the eighth when Holmes
singled and scored two batters later when Ned Yost delivered
a triple to left center field that VU's Ryan Godfrey
lost in the sun.
In the first game of the day, UGA's Mitchell hit a
sixth-inning two-run home run and Armitage and McClain
added two run-scoring hits in the bottom of the eighth
as the Bulldogs won 4-2. The contest started Friday
but was halted with two outs in the top of the third
inning due to inclement weather.
Bulldog pitcher Michael Hyle (6-0) took the mound Saturday
morning when the game resumed. He pitched the remaining
six and a third innings, scattering five hits, two runs
(both earned) and three walks to pick up the win. Commodore
pitcher Ryan Mullins (3-7) took the loss. He also went
the distance in the remaining six innings. He retired
11 of the first 12 batters he faced before the Bulldogs
started a two out rally in the sixth inning.
Coffey singled before Mitchell hit his ninth home run
of the year, just clearing the right field wall to give
Georgia a 2-1 lead. The Bulldogs added two insurance
runs in the eighth. Coffey reached on a fielder's choice
and scored two batters later on Armitage's double into
the alley in left-center field. Armitage came in on
the following play when McClain singled to left field
to make the score 4-2.
Vanderbilt got one run back in the ninth. Kaye led
off the inning with a walk. Gil Kim entered the game
as a pinch runner for Kaye and went all the way to third
base on a failed pick off attempt by Hyle. Kim scored
three batters later when Jonathan Douillard singled
up the middle of the infield to make the score 4-2.
However, the Commodores could not continue the rally.
Cesar Nicolas gave Vanderbilt a 1-0 lead in the sixth
inning when he led off with his team-leading sixth home
run of the season.
Sunday's series finale starts at 1 p.m. ET. The game
will be broadcasted by WNSR 560 AM in Nashville.