Vandy blanks Dawgs

HOOVER – Georgia went into this week's SEC Baseball tournament with a stacked starting pitching lineup. They say that's what you need to win it.

But it was Vanderbilt's Jeremy Sowers that threw a three hit complete game shutout. The roles were reversed. It was Georgia that was supposed to depend on its pitching. Instead the Dawgs got another taste of Sowers.

"He is one of the best pitchers in the country," said Georgia catcher Clint Sammons. Sowers bested the Bulldogs for the second time this season. "He was as good as I have ever seen him today," added Sammons who played prep ball against Sowers.

Even when Georgia got on base against Sowers they were either picked off of didn't advance the runner. Or, in Sammons' case, what appeared to be no less than a double hit the third base umpire. That allowed Vandy 3rd baseman Tony Mansolino to throw Sammons out at first after he circled past the base too far.

It was that sort of day for the Dawgs.

"I think in the games against them that I have had good command and have been provided a good scouting report by my pitching coach," said Sowers.

Georgia's starting pitcher, Mitchell Boggs, got little help in his first career start. The right handed sophomore allowed 3 runs on 3 hits but his defense failed him. First baseman Josh Morris was charged with an error in the first inning as Vanderbilt scored its first run. The Bulldogs committed two errors in the first two innings.

"That's the first time that we have done that in a long time. It was pretty obvious that it was going to be a long day," said Georgia head coach David Perno. "Sowers was tremendous today."

The pre-game plan that the Bulldogs wanted to execute was to hit Sowers early. By the end of the 5th inning Georgia was through three pitchers, had one hit, and was down 6-0. The plan did not work.

Georgia plays LSU in the losers bracket of the top half of the SEC Tournament tomorrow at 11 AM Eastern.

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