ATHENS, Ga. - The 25th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Presbyterian College Blue Hose 18-3 in front of 2,829 spectators at Foley Field, in the final midweek game of the season.
"We just wanted to play clean baseball, and I thought we did that today," said Georgia's Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin. "We. had a lot of really good at-bats.Parks Haber, Garrett Blaylock, Cole Tate, Ben Anderson... Those are guys offensively that stand out, and I thought Davis Rokose did a really nice job of settling the game down. After that, the bullpen was outstanding."
Georgia's (34-18) 18 runs came on 15 hits, led by a 3-for-4, three-run, three-RBI performance by Blaylock and Harber, and a 3-for-3 four-run, three-RBI performance by Anderson. Cole Tate and Buddy Floyd notched two hits, while two Bulldogs notched one hit apiece. Blaylock and Harber just missed hitting for the cycle as Harber needed a single while Blaylock was aiming for a triple.
On the mound, Rokose earned his career win. He went three scoreless innings with four strikeouts after inheriting a bases loaded jam in the opening inning. In relief, Chandler Marsh went one scoreless inning striking out three batters. Max DeJong went one scoreless inning giving up a hit with one strikeout, Will Pearson went one scoreless inning, Collin Caldwell went one scoreless inning with two strikeouts, Garrett Brown went one scoreless inning with a strikeout, while Bryce Melear closed the game out for the Bulldogs.
Presbyterian (22-29) pitcher, Jordan Art was tabbed with the loss. He went two innings, giving up six runs on six hits with one strikeout. In relief, Coley Klepper went 1.1 innings giving up six runs on three hits. Darien Rorabeck went 1.2 innings giving up three runs on three hits with two strikeouts, Ryan Folts went one inning giving up one run on on hit, Tanner Smith went one scoreless inning, while William Farrar closed the game out for the Blue Hose.
After giving up two runs in the opening frame, the Bulldogs responded in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs to tie it up. Haber drove in the first run on a double to deep center field, while a Chaney Rogers sacrifice fly scored the second run. Georgia added to its lead in the second inning, plating four more runs. Blaylock led off the inning with a solo shot to right center field. Two batters later, Anderson scored on an RBI double by Cole Tate, while Harber capped off the inning with a two-run moon shot to left field to give the Bulldogs a 6-2 lead.
With runner on the corners in the third inning, Anderson jumped on a fastball, send a three-run bomb over the scoreboard in right field to give UGA a 9-2 lead. In the fourth inning the Bulldogs plated five runs. With the bases loaded, Blaylock knocked a singles through the right side scoring two runs. After loading the bases load for the second time in the inning, Cole Tate cleared the bases on a double to left center field to give Georgia a 14-2 lead.
After a leadoff triple by Harber, the Bulldogs scored for the fifth consecutive inning on an infield grounder from Corey Collins to take a 15-2 edge. In the sixth inning, UGA added another run to take a 14 run lead thanks to a Floyd single though the left side. The Bulldogs added two final runs in the eighth, scoring on a throwing error by the catcher to take a 18-2 advantage. Presbyterian plated a run in the ninth, but Georgia would go on to win 18-3.
Georgia will return to action, hosting the Missouri Tigers on Thursday--Saturday in the final SEC series of the season. First pitch Thursday is slated for 6:32 p.m. (SECN+)..