Results: No. 17 Georgia got the week started with a bang by beating No. 14 Georgia Tech 7-1 at Foley Field, but then dropped two of three games at Vanderbilt over the weekend (1-0 win on Friday and 5-4 and 5-3 losses on Saturday and Sunday, respectively). The Commodores rallied to win in the late innings both Saturday and Sunday.
Georgia record: 17-8 (3-3 SEC)
Highlight of the week: The win against Tech was Georgia’s first at home in quite some time. The Bulldogs were 1-5 against the Yellow Jackets in the previous two seasons, but struck first with two meetings against Tech left on this season’s schedule.
Top offensive performer: Curt Powell. The Bulldogs third baseman batted .353 this week (6-for-17) and provided the game’s only run with a solo home run in Friday’s 1-0 win against Vanderbilt. He also went 3-for-5 with a run Saturday and 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run against Georgia Tech. Shortstop Kyle Farmer wins runner-up honors for batting .385 (5-for-13) with three RBIs and two runs against Vanderbilt.
Top pitching performer: David Sosebee. Freshman Sosebee (2-0) got the Tech game off to a great start, pitching three scoreless innings and allowing one hit and one walk. Five relievers followed, with the group combining to strike out 11 and allow eight hits. Michael Palazzone also turned in a solid seven innings Saturday, allowing six hits and two runs while striking out seven, but took a no-decision.
Key statistic: Georgia had 17 hits in Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt, but went just 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position. That provided the Commodores with the opportunity to rally from a reasonable 4-2 deficit in the ninth inning when the Bulldogs’ lead could have been larger.
They said it: “Relievers are like free safeties, if they make mistake, it’s going to result in something big and there’s not a lot of time to recover.” -- Georgia coach David Perno after Sunday’s loss, when the Bulldogs allowed four runs in the eighth inning and lost 5-3
Up next: The Bulldogs will host Clemson on Tuesday and will host No. 6 Kentucky for a three-game series starting Friday.