On a designated staff night, Georgia employed 11 pitchers to register a 4-2 victory over Savannah State Wednesday at Foley Field.
Bulldog senior pitcher Dylan Cole pitched a perfect first inning in his first career start and picked up his first win as a Bulldog. Junior Jared Cheek notched his second save after coming on in the ninth with two on and two outs and collected a strikeout. Also part of the staff on Wednesday night was Grant Earls who pitched a hitless seventh inning in his first appearance of the season. The others that saw action were Jarrett Brown, Pete Nagel, Patrick Boling, Mike Mancuso, Connor Jones, Taylor Hicks, Heath Holder and Luke Crumley.
With the victory, the Bulldogs improved to 24-23-1. Georgia’s offense was led by Sean McLaughlin, who scored twice after leading off innings with hits. The others who racked up two hits were freshmen Skyler Weber and Stephen Wrenn. Wrenn also added a run, RBI and stolen base to his line. Hunter Cole and Mike Bell also knocked in runs to help put a four on the scoreboard for Georgia.
Savannah State (19-29) starter Austin Denney went two innings while surrendering two runs, one earned, on four hits. Denney was given the loss dropping his record to 5-4 on the season.
“We found a way to win; it wasn’t pretty but a win feels good as we get ready to play Ole Miss,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said in a release. “We’re going to have play a lot better this weekend. We planned to throw nine guys tonight and had a couple others ready in case of any jams. We had a couple and we looked to Heath Holder and Jared Cheek, and they came in and got the job done.”