Georgia used an 11-hit attack to post a 7-4 victory over No. 23 Tennessee at Foley Field Saturday.
Freshman Robert Tyler got the start and the win for the Bulldogs (21-14-1, 7-7-1 Southeastern Conference), improving his mark to 4-2.
He pitched six innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits, while also striking out five. Right-handed reliever David Sosebee came in for three innings of one-run relief to close out the game for Georgia. Sosebee notched his first career save, and Georgia’s second save of the season.
Tennessee starter Kyle Serrano (3-2) lasted four innings, giving up three runs on six hits with two strikeouts.
Georgia also did damage on reliever Bret Marks, who allowed three runs in 2/3 innings of work.
Georgia’s offense was lead by Daniel Nichols who went 3-for-4, tying a career high with three hits, he also added two RBIs. Nelson Ward and Zach Bowers also both racked up two RBIs.
“Losing on Thursday was a little bit disappointing, but the biggest thing about that was that we came back that night, and we kept fighting. We made them use some of their really good bullpen, and Ross Ripple on Thursday kept our bullpen fresh, so it was a loss on Thursday, but looking back it helped us win these games on Friday and Saturday,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said in a release. “Today our kids really battled, Robert Tyler gave us another quality start, and David Sosebee gave us three really good innings. We also had great defense and an awesome atmosphere with this sellout crowd, you really can’t ask for more than that.”
Georgia scored the initial runs in the first inning. The Bulldogs loaded the bases and Nichols came through at the plate.
Wrenn led off the first with a sharply hit grounder right past the Tennessee first baseman Nathaniel Maggio. Cole then doubled on a similar shot past Maggio before Conor Welton loaded the bases when a pitch hit him.
Two batters later, Nichols ripped a single to left field, to give the Bulldogs an early 2-0 lead.
Tennessee (23-11, 6-9 SEC) scored its first run in the third, when Will Maddox doubled down the third base line. Vincent Jackson had reached one batter prior on a single up the middle, and Jackson’s speed allowed him to circle the bases on Maddox’s two-bagger.
In the fifth, Georgia put four on the board, extending its lead to five.
The Volunteers fought back a little in the sixth, when they picked up two runs.
Tennessee later scored the last run of the game in the eighth on a Senzel single to right.
With the win, the Bulldogs claimed their third consecutive SEC series win.
Georgia travels to Georgia Tech for a 7 p.m. game Tuesday that will air on CSS.