ATHENS, Ga.-----Emerson Hancock pitched seven shutout innings and Tucker Bradley continued to swing a hot bat as they led fourth-ranked Georgia to a 9-0 win over Santa Clara Friday at Foley Field.
The Broncos (5-1) threatened in the first after a leadoff double by Coleman Brigman and an infield single by Jason Docochea. However, catcher Mason Meadows threw out Brigam at third on a double steal attempt, and Hancock struck out the next two batters. Hancock (1-0) faced just one over the minimum in his next six innings and finished with eight strikeouts for the win. Santa Clara came in batting.318 and had outscored its opponents 43-12.
In the third, Georgia (5-0) took a 1-0 lead on a bases-loaded infield single by junior Tucker Bradley (3-for-4, 3 RBI). It extended Bradley's hitting streak to five games. The Bulldogs took advantage of three walks in the frame as Meadows and Chaney Rogers reached with one out and then Cam Shepherd drew a two-out walk to load the bases. In the sixth, Georgia jumped ahead 3-0 on a solo home run by Bradley and a two-out RBI-single by Patrick Sullivan that gave him a five-game hitting streak. Bradley is now batting .588 for the year with nine RBI.
Georgia broke open the game with a five-run seventh. Shepherd picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly, Bradley's RBI-single gave him three for the afternoon while Riley King, Connor Tate and Meadows drew bases-loaded walks to make it 8-0. Freshman Buddy Floyd's RBI-single capped the scoring in the eighth. Senior Logan Moody provided two scoreless inning of relief.
Bronco starter Matthew McGarry dropped to 0-1, allowing just one run on two hits over five innings with five strikeouts. Georgia chased Brandon Buckley who followed McGarry as he allowed seven runs on seven hits over the next 1.1 innings.
- Emerson Hancock tossed seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts. He allowed just two hits, both in the first inning to the first two batters.
- Tucker Bradley (3-4, 3 RBI) extended his hitting streak to five games with an RBI-single in the third inning. He made it 2-0 with his second home run of the year in the sixth inning. He is batting .588 (10-17) with nine RBI.
- Patrick Sullivan has hit safely in all five games this year after an RBI-single in the sixth.
Emerson Hancock, RHP
On bouncing back today after a no decision in the season opener "You just have to look at the positives when you are on a team and when guys are picking each other up. Last Friday, we came back and won the game. Today, I looked at it as an opportunity to get a little better. I wanted to work a little bit harder this week. And I am glad it worked out."
Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin
"He is really good. That was a really tough blow for us last year when he got hurt and missed the season after just the first series. We felt like he could have been our best player and that was along with Aaron Schunk, LJ Talley and Tucker Maxwell, all the great players that are no longer here. We want to see what kind of player he can be. We have been waiting for this to happen. He has been waitting for this season to get here. I am glad he is playing the way he is, and you can see him on the mound too. He's a two-way guy, just a great baseball player."
The series continues Saturday with a doubleheader with first pitch at Foley Field slated for 1:02 p.m. (SECN+).