Georgia baseball tops Mississippi State 7-1, wins 11th straight

Georgia rode a strong pitching performance from sophomore Ryan Lawlor to its 11th straight win on Friday with a 7-1 decision over No. 24 Mississippi State in the SEC opener at Foley Field.

Lawlor (2-1) picked up the win after setting a new career high with 7.2 innings pitched and seven strikeouts. He allowed just one unearned run on eight hits and no walks. Senior Dylan Cole came on to record the final four outs.

Georgia (13-6, 1-0 SEC) jumped in front with one run in the the first on a deep single by Hunter Cole. Right fielder Demarcus Henderson misjudged the ball and Conor Welton was able to score from first on the error. They tacked on two more in the second after a RBI double by Jess Posey and a sacrifice fly by freshman Stephen Wrenn to push the lead to 3-0.

In the third the hometown Bulldogs struck again on Daniel Nichols’ first home run of the season. The two-run shot to right field gave Georgia a 5-0 advantage.

“Ryan Lawlor was outstanding tonight in his SEC debut and threw the best game of the year for us,” said Georgia coach Scott Stricklin. “He had command of his fastball and threw his breaking ball for a strike against a very good Mississippi State team. We’ve been playing really well, excellent defense out there again tonight and had good approaches at the plate. Sometimes one at bat or one play can change the course of the game. It was a great win overall.”

The Bulldogs (13-6, 1-0) will meet Mississippi State again today at 1 p.m.

Men’s tennis scores 4-1 victory over Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. | Showing no letdown from its big come-from-behind victory over No. 1 Ohio State earlier this week, the No. 16 Georgia men’s tennis team improved to 9-5 overall and 4-0 in the Southeastern Conference with a 4-1 win over South Carolina on Friday.

After winning the doubles point, Georgia took a 2-0 lead when Nathan Pasha won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. Nick Wood made it 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 6 singles and Garrett Brasseaux clinched it for the Bulldogs with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory at No. 4 singles.

Georgia will play at 1 p.m. Sunday at South Carolina.

Women’s tennis tops S. Carolina for seventh straight victory
With a 4-0 victory Friday over South Carolina at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, the No. 12 Georgia women’s tennis team won its seventh consecutive match, improved to 11-2 overall and remained undefeated in Southeastern Conference play.

After winning the doubles point, the Bulldogs Mia King made it 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles. Maho Kowase won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles and Kate Fuller’s 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 5 singles sealed the win.

Georgia will host No. 3 Florida at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Hugo, Wilkinson team up as Georgia beats MSU 1-0
In its Southeastern Conference opener, No. 15 Georgia scored only one run, but it was all Chelsea Wilkinson needed as the Bulldogs defeated Mississippi State 1-0 at the Frank Turner Softball Complex.

Wilkinson pitched a complete-game three-hitter with 14 strikeouts and one walk to improve to 13-2 for the season.

The Bulldogs’ run came in the bottom of the fifth inning when second baseman Alex Hugo drilled her ninth home run of the season. Georgia finished with five hits and was led by Hugo, Paige Wilson, Kaylee Puailoa, Katie Brown and former Madison County standout Samantha LaZear.

Georgia (23-2, 1-0) will face Mississippi State (21-6, 1-3) in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. today.

Uibo in heptathlon lead at NCAA championships
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. | On the fourth and final event of the day Friday, Georgia sophomore Maicel Uibo moved to the head of the pack in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The Estonia native recorded a personal-best Day 1 total of 3,358 points to take the lead going into the final three events. He leads defending heptathlon champion Kevin Lazas of Arkansas (3,315) and Duke’s Curtis Beach (3,310).

Uibo, who finished 11th in the 60-meters, third in the long jump, fourth in the shot put and second on the high jump, will begin Day 2 in the heptathlon’s fifth event, the 60-meter hurdles, at 1 p.m. today.

Bulldogs piling on thanks to turnover-hungry defense

by Marc Weiszer

An online headline from an Athens Banner-Herald story in October of 2013 no longer would apply: “Georgia defense near bottom of pile in forcing turnovers.” A year... Full Story

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