ST. SIMONS ISLAND | After the first round of the Southeastern Conference championship Friday, the Georgia men’s golf team is in third place with a 3-under 277. The Bulldogs are tied with South Carolina and both trail Alabama (8-under 272).
Michael Cromie led Georgia with a 2-under 68 and was followed by Joey Garber and Greyson Sigg, who both carded a 1-under 69. Keith Mitchell and Lee McCoy both shot a 1-over 71. Cromie is in eighth place, three shots behind Bobby Wyatt of Alabama and Matthew NeSmith of South Carolina.
The tournament continues today and will conclude Sunday.
Bulldogs win four titles at Drake Relays
DES MOINES, IOWA | Georgia’s track and field teams’ second day at the Drake Relays was highlighted by four championship performances.
Chanice Porter recorded a long jump of 20 feet, 8 inches, her fifth consecutive meet with a leap of 20-4. Megan Malasarte finished first in the 800-meters with a time of 2 minutes, 3.61 seconds and Freya Jones won the javelin event with a throw of 171-4, the fourth-best throw of her career and her second-best this season.
In the Bulldogs’ final event of the day Friday, former Cedar Shoals standout Jamario Calhoun and former Oglethorpe County star Maurice Freeman joined Johnathan Smith and Reggie Glover to win the 4×200 relay, finishing in 1:22.50 to top 15 other team.
Georgia also qualified one individual and two relay teams for today’s finals.
Lights go out after five innings in Nashville
Fueled by four miscues by Georgia, 25th-ranked Vanderbilt holds a 10-0 lead in the opening game of a Southeastern Conference series at Hawkins Field. Play was stopped going to the bottom of the fifth inning Friday when the outfield lights went out.
Ultimately, the game was halted when after more than 90 minutes, it was determined the issue would not be resolved until close to midnight. Game one of the series will resume at 1 p.m. and be nine innings. The second game of the series, also nine innings, will begin at 4:05 ET and be televised by CSS.
In the second inning Friday, Vanderbilt erupted for seven runs on five hits, and the Commodores were aided by three Bulldog errors. Commodore ace Tyler Beede pitched five scoreless innings and allowed just two hits with seven strikeouts. After the top of the fifth, all three banks of lights in the outfield went out. After about an hour, one bank of lights in right field returned but the other two remained dark, and the decision was made to halt play.
Bulldog sophomore left-hander Ryan Lawlor was lifted in the second inning with only two of the seven runs he surrendered being earned. In the fourth, the Commodores added three runs on four hits off David Gonzalez and only one of those was earned. The Bulldogs made their fourth error of the contest in that frame. Vince Conde had a two-run single and Jason Delay notched an RBI-double to account for the key hits that extended the Commodores lead to 10-0.
Softball beats Alabama 10-2
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. | The No. 13 Georgia softball team evened the series with a 10-2, six-inning win over the No. 7 Alabama Crimson Tide on Friday in Southeastern Conference play.
The 10 runs were the most given up by the Alabama softball team this year. It was also the first time the Crimson Tide has been run-ruled at home since 2003, when it fell 12-4 to Georgia (39-11, 12-8 SEC). The win also marked the first time that Georgia has won in Tuscaloosa since 2007.
Highlighting the win was a grand slam by Kaylee Puailoa in the third inning. On the day, Puailoa went 1-for-3 with a walk, five RBI and scored a run. Paige Wilson had a productive day at the plate, going 3-for-4 and scored three times. Tina Iosefa also had a two-hit day, while Anna Swafford delivered her 10th home run of the season.
Geri Ann Glasco was tremendous from the circle in her complete-game performance that moved her to 15-4 on the year. She held the potent Alabama (41-9, 16-4 SEC) offense to just four hits. She allowed two runs, only one of which was earned, and struck out two batters.