TUSCALOOSA, ALA. | The No. 9 Georgia men‚Äôs tennis team captured at least a share of the Southeastern Conference title and gave Manuel Diaz his 600th coaching victory Friday with a 4-0 win over Alabama.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs most meaningful for a lot of little reasons,‚Äù Diaz, who became just the ninth Division I tennis coach to record 600 victories, said. ‚ÄúWe had three guys who went to the doctor last week and played through a tough, difficult week. To me that really shows the heart of this team. The things they have worked hard for came through today by cinching at least a tie for the SEC championship.‚Äù
After winning the doubles point, Nick Wood made it 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 5 singles. Ben Wagland then won 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4 singles and Hernus Pieters clinched the victory with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles.
The Bulldogs (15-6, 10-1) will close out the regular season ‚Äî and can clinch the conference championship ‚Äî at 2 p.m. Sunday at Auburn.
Lawlor‚Äôs complete game paces Georgia over Volunteers
Behind a complete-game performance from sophomore left-hander Ryan Lawlor, Georgia defeated No. 23 Tennessee 4-1 Friday at Foley Field.
Lawlor allowed just one run ‚Äì in the first inning ‚Äì while scattering five hits and recording a career-high 10 strikeouts to improve to 3-2.
‚ÄúRyan was just really dialed in from the second inning on,‚Äù ¬†Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said in a release. ‚ÄúThe first inning was a little bit shaky, but a lot of starting pitchers have that. They may have trouble getting out of the bullpen to start that first inning, but Ryan found a way to get through it.‚Äù
‚ÄúI really challenged our guys to take care of the infield today,‚Äù Stricklin added. ‚ÄúTennessee came out very aggressive yesterday, and really they were more aggressive than us. I just wanted our guys to be a little bit more aggressive and take advantage of being at home. I also thought that Brandon Stephens did a great job behind the plate handling all of the pitches from Ryan.‚Äù
The Bulldogs (20-14, 6-7-1 in the Southeastern Conference) will complete their three-game series with the Volunteers (23-10, 6-8) at 4 p.m. today.
Softball earns road win at LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. | Tina Iosefa hit a three-run home run to help the No. 13 Bulldogs to a 6-1 win over the Tigers.
The win marked the second week in a row that the Bulldogs (35-6, ¬†9-4 SEC)¬†have won the series opener against an SEC team.
Chelsea Wilkinson (21-4) got the start and the win for the Bulldogs, throwing her 16th complete game of the year. She allowed just one run on four hits and struck out eight batters in her complete game performance.
Iosefa went 2-for-3 with four RBI, a home run and a double. Paige Wilson also had two hits on the day and scored two runs.
Alabama slips by Georgia 4-3 in women‚Äôs tennis
The No. 9 Alabama women‚Äôs tennis team handed No. 8 Georgia its first loss since late March with a 4-3 victory Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Luicelena Perez defeated Georgia‚Äôs Mia King 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 6 singles to clinch the match, which took three hours and 42 minutes to complete.
The Bulldogs‚Äô Lauren Herring won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 singles, Silvia Garcia won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 singles and Maho Kowase won 5-7, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.
Alabama is now 19-3 overall and 12-1 in Southeastern Conference play. Georgia, which lost 4-2 at Vanderbilt on March 23, is 17-4 overall and 10-2 in the league.
Georgia will close out the regular season at 1 p.m. Sunday, hosting Auburn.
Scantling, Uibo lead the way at Bulldog Decathlon
Georgia‚Äôs Garrett Scantling and Maicel Uibo provided the highlights Friday at the Bulldog Decathlon at Spec Towns Track.
Scantling, a junior, recorded 8,169 points, Georgia‚Äôs second-best point total of all time, narrowly besting Uibo, a sophomore, who scored 8,123 points. With their production, Scantling and Uibo are now 1 and 2 in the NCAA rankings and 2 and 3 in the 2014 world rankings.
The school record for the decathlon is 8,223 points, which Uibo recorded at the 2013 Bulldog Decathlon.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs also claimed the early edge in the first day of the Bulldog Heptathlon as freshman Kendell Williams (who won the NCAA pentathlon indoors championship last month) scored 3,719 points, including victories in the first two events. She leads teammate Quintunya Chapman, who tallied 3,391 points and won the last two events.
The Bulldog Heptathlon begins at 10 a.m. today with the long jump and the Spec Towns National Team Invitational begins at 10:30 a.m. with the women‚Äôs javelin.
The first open event on the track is the women‚Äôs 5,000 meters, which begins at 1:10 p.m.