Georgia shuts down Western Carolina
ATHENS, Ga. - The Bulldogs (24-25) got a big boost from their pitchers against Western Carolina (23-24) as six arms combined to allow only two hits to lead the way for Georgia to overpower the Catamounts 6-0 on Wednesday night at Foley Field.
Kevin Smith got the win to improve to 4-1 on the year after tossing three innings of one-hit ball. Of the six pitchers who took the mound for Georgia, none gave up more than one hit and four did not allow any hits to Western Carolina.
The Bulldogs busted the game open with a four-run fourth inning, highlighted by Skyler Weber's two-RBI double that gave him the team lead for RBI with 30 on the year. Michael Curry also claimed two RBI in the contest, driving in a run in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly and hitting a solo home run in the eighth to punctuate a strong performance out of the home side.
After a quiet first two innings, Georgia cashed in with an unearned run in the third to take the lead. Nick King singled to center with one down then stole second, and he moved to third a batter later on an infield single. He then came in to score on a balk, giving Georgia a 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs padded the lead with four runs in the fourth, capped by Weber's two-RBI double to left-center with two outs to give Georgia a 5-0 lead. Earlier in the inning, Curry and Adam Sasser each claimed a RBI with a sacrifice fly and single, respectively.
Both teams then combined for just one hit until the eighth inning when Curry launched his eighth homer of the season, a solo shot, to give Georgia a 6-0 lead.
What's On Deck
The Bulldogs head to Columbia, Missouri for a weekend set against the Missouri Tigers in a critical SEC series.