Tuesday, March 19, 2013
ATHENS-----Georgia’s late surge was not enough to overcome Furman’s early runs as the Paladins defeated the Bulldogs 7-5 Tuesday at Foley Field.
Furman improved to 15-6 while Georgia lost its fifth straight to fall to 8-13 including 1-5 in midweek contests. It didn’t take long for the Furman to get on the scoreboard. Before recording an out, the Paladins had scored three runs. Right fielder Taylor Johnson’s single with men on first and second knocked in the first run of the game. During the next at bat, Georgia’s freshman starting pitcher David Gonzalez threw a wild pitch allowing another run to score. Then, first baseman Alex Abrams singled to left to make it 3-0.
In the bottom of the first, Georgia responded with two runs. Sophomore second baseman Nelson Ward reached base on a single and was able to advance to second when Johnson misplayed the ball. After a bunt, Ward scored the first run on a groundout by Kyle Farmer. Next, sophomore left fielder Hunter Cole hit his second home run of the year, closing the Furman lead to one.
However in the second, the Paladins tacked on another run off of Gonzalez, who picked up his second loss of the season while allowing three hits, four runs and three walks in one inning of work.
After two scoreless innings, Furman added to their lead in the fifth. Abrams led off with a single that took a bad hop right over Ward’s head and then third baseman Chris Ohmsteade doubled to left center. Abrams scored on a groundout by left fielder Griffin Davis and Ohmsteade was plated by designated hitter Jarrod Rickman’s single up the middle. Rickman later scored on an error by Farmer, to put the Paladins up 7-2.
The Bulldogs put two more runs on the board in the seventh. Ward led off with a bloop single to left field and then Farmer hit his first triple of the season to score Ward. A Cole sacrifice fly, then scored Farmer. Georgia also added one more in the eighth, sophomore Jared Walsh singled, moved to second on a walk, to third on a fielder’s choice and eventually scored on a groundout by pinch hitter Sean McLaughlin. In the ninth, Cole singled with two outs bringing the tying run to the plate, but catcher Zach Bowers struck out swinging to end the game.
Drake Browne (1-0) earned the win, while Matt Solter picked up his fifth save of the season.
“We just have got to get better, you look out there, and it’s sad, but it’s a fact that these teams are playing better than us right now,” said Georgia coach David Perno “We still have time, and we have got to get better. We will do better and get better performances from guys we just have to hang in there and keep pushing and hopefully in a couple weeks we will learn a lot and be a different team.”
Georgia did get 1.1 scoreless innings of relief from Ross Ripple plus two scoreless innings of relief from junior Dylan Cole and freshman Mike Mancuso.
The Bulldogs return to action Friday at 7 p.m. as Alabama comes to Foley Field to open a three-game SEC series.