Four-Run Eighth Gives Georgia
4-1 Win, Sweep of Vanderbilt 5/4/03
ATHENS, Ga. – David Coffey’s game-tying
RBI single and Jon Armitage’s two-run
home run sparked a four-run eighth inning as Georgia
completed a three-game
sweep of Vanderbilt with a 4-1 win Sunday, May 4, at
The win pushes Georgia’s current win streak
to five games and ups its record
to 26-22 overall and 8-16 in the Southeastern Conference.
its second league sweep on the road this season and
drops to 22-23 overall and 10-14 in the league.
The Bulldogs scored all of their runs off Commodore
reliever Matt Buschmann
(4-2). UGA pinch hitter Jasha Balcom led off the eighth
frame with an infield
single to short. Justin Holmes sacrificed him to second
base. Coffey tied the
game at 1-1 when he singled sharply to left field to
score Balcom. Two batters
later Armitage smashed a 1-1 pitch over the wall in
right center field to give
the Bulldogs a 3-1 advantage.
Josh Smith followed three batters later with a RBI
single that brought in
Justin McClain to make the score 4-1.
Armitage ended the day 3-for-4 while McClain was 2-for-4
for Georgia. Georgia’s Paul Lubrano (4-3) earned
the win in relief. He pitched an inning
and a third, allowing one hit while striking out two.
Vanderbilt managed only four hits against the Bulldogs
but grabbed a 1-0 lead
in the top of the eighth when Jonathan Douillard hit
a run-scoring single that
plated Tony Mansolino from second base.
Both starting pitchers were outstanding. Vanderbilt’s
Jeremy Sowers limited
Georgia to five hits, including four singles, in his
seven innings pitched. He
walked one and struck out four.
Georgia’s Sean Ruthven allowed Vanderbilt two
hits through seven and a third
innings. John Kaye’s double into the alley in
right center field marked the
Commodores only hit and only runner in scoring position
in the first seven
innings. Tony Mansolino singled and was sacrificed to
second base before
Ruthven was pulled for Lubrano in the eighth.
The Commodores struck out 10 times against Bulldog
pitching on Sunday and
registered only 17 hits and five runs in the three-game
Vanderbilt continues its seven-game road swing this
Tuesday at Western
Kentucky. Game time is 6 p.m. CT. The Commodores return
to SEC play this
weekend at Kentucky. The three-game league series begins
Friday at 6 p.m.ET,
continues Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.