FINAL UGA 8 CSU 1: Hawkins goes 6 strong and gets his first win on the season. Williams picks up the loss for CSU. Verdin led the Dawgs at the plate, going 3-3. Chase Davidson also hit his 3rd homer on the year. Thanks for reading and be sure to check back tomorrow as UGA host CSU for the final game of this two game set.
Top of the 9th: UGA 8 CSU 0: Earl Daniels comes and takes over from Herman. Burkett leads off for CSU and strikes out swinging for the first out. Derek Smith walks to bring up Quattlebaum. Quattlebaum singles to right center on a hit and run and Smith scores from first to end the shutout. Quattlebaum steals second without a throw as the count to Sustar moves to 1-2. Sustar singles to right and the Bucs have runners on the corners. Still watches three straight strikes for the second out. Sustar takes second without a throw. Buckley lines to center to end the inning and the game.
Bottom of the 8th: UGA 7 CSU 0: K. Ward is now on the mound for the Buccaneers. Christmas stays in and plays second. Buckley takes over behind the plate. Austin Wheeler gets his first at-bat of the day and grounds out to the second baseman for the first out. Connor Welton comes to bat and draws the walk. Back to the top as Hyams steps in and rips a single up the middle. Runners on first and second, 1 out. Ward’s day is done after 1/3 of an inning. Shaefer takes over for Ward and inherits two base runners. His first batter is Curt Powell and Powell watches the third strike go by for the second out. Farmer hits a Texas leaguer for a single and Welton scores. However, Hyams is tagged out at third moments after Welton crosses the plate. Dogs up 8-0.
Top of the 8th: UGA 7 CSU 0: Georgia makes a slew of changes. Connor Welton takes over in left, Lance Martin takes over in center, Austin Wheeler is in right and Ruiz moves to first. John Herman takes over on the mound for Tanner. B. Christmas pinch hits for McKinney and strikes out looking for the first out. The SS Tomasovich steps up and flies out to the new right fielder, Wheeler, for the second out. Meier grounds out to short to end the inning.
Bottom of the 7th: UGA 6 CSU 0: Zach Cone leads off for the Dogs and flies out to deep center for the first out. HOME RUN. Davidson clears the center field fence with room to spare for his first hit of the day and the Dogs first run. Deloach flies the next pitch to right field for the second out. Ruiz grounds out to deep short for the third out. Dogs add one run on Davidson’s homerun.
Top of the 7th: UGA 6 CSU 0: Hawkins’ day is over after 6 strong innings. He gives up 0 runs on 3 hits while throwing only 60 pitches. Cecil Tanner takes over for him. The 1B Quattlebaum leads off for CSU and grounds out to Hyams for the first out. Sustar singles up the middle on the first pitch of his at-bat. The left fielder, Still, strikes out a check swing as Sustar steals second. Sustar advances to third as Tanner balks. Woodall is at the plate. Woodall strikes out and ends the inning. Tanner strikes out two.
Bottom of the 6th: UGA 6 CSU 0: the LF Peter Verdin leads off the inning with his third it in as many at bats with a single up the middle. Levi Hyams comes up and lines to a sliding RF for the first out and Verdin scampers back to first. Verdin steals second on the first pitch of 3B Curt Powell’s at-bat. Powell advances Verdin to third with a groundout to the SS for the second out. SS Kyle Farmer ends the inning with a fly out to center. The center fielder and right fielder collide but the CF is able to hang out and walk off by himself. The bulldogs are held scoreless for the third straight inning.
Top of the 6th UGA 6 CSU 0: The SS Tomasovich leads off and singles to left for the Bucs’ second hit. CF and leadoff man Meier comes up and grounds into a 5-4-3 double play for the first two outs. RF Burkett doubles down the left field line for the third hit of the game, and second of the inning, for CSU. DH Smith grounds into a fielder’s choice as Burkett runs into the third baseman for out number 3.
Bottom of the 5th: UGA 6 CSU 0: Brett Deloach leads off for UGA and grounds out on the first pitch to the shortstop for the first out. RF Kevin Ruiz strikes out on four pitches for out number 2. Hester takes the plate and watches three strikes for the third out.
Top of the 5th: UGA 6 CSU 0: 3B Sustar leads off and reaches first on a dropped fly ball by the second baseman. It is the first error on the day. LF Still flies out to left center for the first out. The catcher Woodall is up and Sustar steals second. Woodall flies to center for the second out. McKinney flies out in first base territory for out number 3 and the error doesn’t hurt the Dogs.
Bottom of the 4th: UGA 6 CSU 0: Powell leads off the inning for the Bulldogs with a double down the left field line. Shortstop Kyle Farmer lines to a leaping second baseman for the first out. CF Cone steps in and grounds out to short, advancing Powell to third for Chase Davidson. Davidson strikes out to end the inning.
Top of the 4th: UGA 6 CSU 0: RF Burkett leads off the inning and flies to left for the first out. DH Smith grounds out to short for the second out. 1B Quattlebaum lines to center on the first pitch for an easy 3 up, 3 down. And yet another impressive inning for Hawkins who retires the Buccaneers on 5 pitches (all strikes).
Bottom of the 3rd: UGA 5 CSU 0: Williams’ day is done as he gives way to RHP Dorsett. He gave up 5 runs on 6 hits in 2 IP. Brett Deloach leads off for Bulldogs and singles to left field. RF Ruiz is up. Deloach takes second on a wild pitch, and there is another runner in scoring position. Ruiz grounds out to the pitcher but moves Deloach over to third for 1B Jonathan Hester. Buc’s SS Tomasovich makes a diving stop on Hester’s ground ball and throws him out. Deloach scores from 3rd and Dogs go up 6-0. Verdin singles to left for his second hit on the day. Hyams lines to center for the third out.
Top of the 3rd: UGA 5 CSU 0: McKinney leads off the 3rd for the Buccaneers. McKinney strikes out looking on 3 pitches for out number 1. SS Tomasovich flies out to Cone for out number 2. SS Kyle Farmer makes an outstanding play on Meier’s line drive for out number 3. Hawkins continues to work effectively, needing only 8 pitches in this inning. He has thrown 27 pitches total.
Bottom of 2nd: UGA 0 CSU 0: The catcher Brett Deloach leads off for the Bulldogs. He grounds out to the SS for an easy first out. RF Kevin Ruiz comes to bat and strikes out on 4 pitches. 2 outs for the Dogs and 1B Jonathan Hester comes up. Hester hits a shot to center field and ends up on third with a triple–the Dogs first extra base hit of the day. Verdin bunts down the third base line for a single, knocking in Hester. Dogs take the lead. Back to the top as Hyams comes to bat. Verdin steals second and is now in scoring position. Hyams walks and that brings up Curt Powell. Powell gets an infield single and loads the bases for the SS Kyle Farmer. Farmer lines a double over the third baseman’s head and knocks in 2 runs. Bulldogs take a 3-0 lead. CF Zach Cone steps in. Cone singles to left field and knocks in Powell and Farmer. Cone then steals second on the first pitch to DH Chase Davidson without a throw. Cone takes third on a wild pitch. Runner on third for Davidson. Davidson flies out to center for out number 3, but not before the Dogs cash in on 5 runs.
Top of the 2nd: UGA 0 CSU 0: 3B Sustar leads off the inning with a popout to the catcher in foul territory for out number 1. LF Still comes up and hits a hard hit ball to the second baseman for out number 2. 3 pitches from Hawkins thus far. The catcher Woodall strikes out to end the inning. The top of the second was another quick and efficient one for Hawkins who needs only 7 pitches to retire Charleston Southern in the inning.
Bottom of the 1st: UGA 0 CSU 0: Second baseman Levi Hyams steps in and leads the inning off with a line drive up the middle. Runner on first as third baseman Curt Powell steps in. Powell is retired on a failed hit and run by lining out to the center fielder for out number 1. Hyams advances to second on the wild pitch by Williams. Shortstop Kyle Farmer is up. Farmer forces the count full and draws a walk to put runners on first and second for center fielder Zach Cone. Cone strikes out for out number 2. DH Chase Davidson grounds out to the second baseman McKinney for out number 3–leaving two runners on base.
Top of the 1st: UGA 0 CSU 0: B. Meier leads off the first with a groundout to the second baseman, Levi Hyams. 1 out on 2 pitches. T. Burkett flies out to center fielder Zach Cone for out number 2. D. Smith singles up the middle for Charleston Southern’s first hit. First baseman Quattlebaum grounds into a fielder’s choice on a 3-1 count for out number 3. The out was made on a diving stop by third baseman Curt Powell, who then threw to second to force Smith. 12 pitches by Hawkins in that inning.
First Pitch: 6:59 PM
Weather: 52 degrees, wind blowing out to Right Center
Charleston Southern (17-13)
#23 CF B. Meier (.348)
#24 RF T. Burkett (.290)
#18 DH D. Smith (.304)
#4 1B Quattlebaum (.340)
#32 3B J. Sustar (.309)
#17 LF M. Still (.333)
#26 C D. Woodall (.224)
#2 2B B. McKinney (.280)
#9 SS Tomasovich (.308)
Pitching for Charleston Southern: #7 RHP A. Williams (0-0, 7.41 ERA, 10 GP, 2 GS)
Georgia Bulldogs (14-14)
#3 2B Levi Hyams (.330
#8 3B Curt Powell (.258)
#17 SS Kyle Farmer (.228)
#12 CF Zach Cone (.303)
#45 DH Chase Davidson (.267)
# 22 C Brett Deloach (.297)
#36 RF Kevin Ruiz (.320)
#10 1B Jonathan Hester (.241)
#16 LF Peter Verdin (.190)
Pitching for UGA: LHP Chase Hawkins (0-1, 5.41 ERA, 8 GP, 6 GS)
Good evening ladies and gentlemen, Wright Gazaway here for the live blog today. The storms have passed and it’s a beautiful day for baseball. Georgia comes in today fresh off of a 3 game sweep over the 24th ranked Bulldogs of Mississippi State. Craig Gullickson picked up his 3rd win moving him to 3-1 on the season. Junior Tyler Maloof picked up his 11th save. He leads the SEC in that category. Catcher Brandon Stephens led Georgia at the plate—going 3-4 with a double and scoring a run. This game was the last of 11 straight games against ranked opponents, with the Bulldogs finishing 6-5 in them. The win also brought the Dawgs back up to .500 and gave them a 6-3 record in league play. Georgia is now ranked No. 30 in the nation and is hosting Charleston Southern today.