NASHVILLE | Carson Fulmer pitched seven shutout innings to lead 25th-ranked Vanderbilt to an 11-0 series-clinching victory over Georgia on Saturday.
For Vanderbilt (32-12, 10-10 SEC), Fulmer struck out eight and walked three.
For Georgia (21-21-1, 7-12-1 SEC), Stephen Wrenn, Hunter Cole, Sean McLaughlin and Skyler Weber each recorded a hit. Freshman Robert Tyler threw five innings, striking out three, walking four and giving up seven runs. Dylan Cole tossed three innings, striking out two, walking one and giving up four runs.
“We’ve seen our team play well and right now we’re not and that’s frustrating,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “We didn’t score any runs, and if you don’t score, you can’t win. Our players are feeling this thing, and I want them to be on the other side of this. The error bug got us again today, and it was on routine plays we’ve made all year. At one point today, they had seven runs on four hits. We’ve got to keep fighting and see what happens tomorrow.”
The final game of the series begins at 2 p.m. today.
Softball falls to Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, ALA. | The No. 13 Georgia softball team dropped a 4-1 decision to the No. 7 Alabama.
For Georgia (39-11, 12-9 SEC) Geri Ann Glasco suffered the loss to fall to 15-5 on the year. She allowed two runs on three hits and two walks. Chelsea Wilkinson threw the final four innings for the Bulldogs, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks. Jaclyn Traina earned the win to move to 19-2 on the year. She allowed one run on two hits and two walks. She also struck out nine batters.
Anna Swafford drove in Georgia’s lone run with a fly out in the second inning. Paige Wilson and Kaylee Puailoa each picked up a hit to lead the Bulldogs.
Georgia concludes the regular season with an SEC series against Kentucky May 3-5.
Bulldogs collect two
more wins at Drake Relays
DES MOINES, IOWA | Georgia’s track and field teams won another two events as the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, wrapped up on Saturday.
The Bulldogs logged their first victory of the day in the sprint medley relay, marking Georgia’s second consecutive win in the event at Drake. Freshmen Brandon Thompson, Reggie Glover and Derrick White joined with junior Charles Grethen to register a time of 3 minutes, 18.22 seconds.
Complementing Megan Malasarte’s win in the 800 meters on Friday, junior Carly Hamilton won the 1,500 meters by more than two seconds after recording a 4:17.58 on Saturday.
Sophomore Ashinia Miller is now four-for-four on hitting at least 60 feet in the shot put as he finished third. Miller recovered from two opening fouls to launch an effort of 60-6.50.
In the sprints, senior Johnathan Smith ran a 10.30 (10.299) to take third in the 100 finals behind TCU’s Ronnie Baker (10.298).
The Bulldogs concluded the meet by taking fifth in the 4×400 finals. Sophomore Maurice Freeman, White, Calhoun and junior Drew Branch ran a 3:06.17 to trim a second off their prelims time and pull closer to their fastest time of the year.
The Bulldogs return to Athens for the Georgia Invitational on May 10.
Bulldogs slip to fifth at SECs
ST. SIMONS ISLAND | The Georgia men’s golf team slipped to fifth place after the second round of the Southeastern Conference championship at Sea Island’s Seaside Course.
On Saturday, the sixth-ranked Bulldogs fired a 4-over 284 — as each counting score was a 1-over 71 — and moved to 1-over 561 for the tournament. No. 1 Alabama shot a 14-under 266 and has a 17-shot lead over South Carolina and Auburn heading into the final round.
“It was a day of missed opportunities for us,” Georgia coach Chris Haack said. “We didn’t putt very well. We missed a lot of putts on a day when we had to make a few to keep pace with what Alabama was doing. We’ve still got (Sunday) and we’re going to go out there in a positive frame of mind and try to get hot with the putter and make a lot of birdies.”
Seniors Michael Cromie and Joey Garber, sophomore Lee McCoy and freshman Greyson Sigg all signed for 1-over 71s on Saturday. Senior Keith Mitchell had the Bulldogs’ non-counting score of 5-over 75.
Cromie is eighth individually at 1-under 139. Alabama’s Bobby Wyatt, on the strength of an SEC-record 9-under 61 on Saturday, leads by eight shots at 14-under 126. Garber and Sigg are 15th at even-par 140, while McCoy moved to 2-over 142 and Mitchell went to 6-over 146.
The SEC championship concludes on today as the Bulldogs tee off at 8:20 a.m.