NASHVILLE, TENN. ----Georgia completed a three-game sweep of Vanderbilt here Sunday at Hawkins Field as the Bulldogs posted a 11-3 victory.
The Bulldogs (12-5, 5-1 SEC), defending SEC champions, stand in first place in the East and are tied with Alabama (21-3, 5-1) for the overall race. The Commodores drop to 13-7, 2-4 in the SEC. Georgia completed a five game roadtrip with a 4-1 mark against No. 8 Wake Forest and No. 29 Vanderbilt.
Sophomore right-hander Matt Woods earned his first career win in his first start, giving the Bulldogs seven strong innings. He allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Bulldog senior Jeffery Carswell pitched the final two innings to preserve the victory.
Georgia erased a 1-0 deficit in the second on a three-run blast from freshman catcher Clint Sammons, his third of the series and fourth on the year. He battled back from an 0-2 count and connected on a two-two offering, scoring Matt Cavender (2-3, RBI) and Jon Armitage. Cavender led of the inning with a walk followed by a base hit by shortstop Jon Armitage. The Commodores tied the game in the fourth on an RBI-double by right fielder Worth Scott (1-3, 2 RBI). Then with one out and a runner at third, Vanderbilt failed to execute a suicide squeeze and Georgia kept it at 3-3.
In the fifth, the Bulldogs jumped ahead 6-3, scoring three runs on two hits and were helped out by a pair of Commodore miscues. With one out, Kris Edge (2-4, 2 RBI) singled to left. David Coffey drew a walk. After Lee Mitchell popped out for the second out, Cavender drilled an 0-2 pitch to right for a base hit that got past Scott, allowing Edge and Coffey to score and allow Cavender to reach third. Armitage then hit a routine grounder to second but Chris Broadus' throw to first pulled Sean Luellwitz off the bag, scoring Cavender to make it 6-3.
Georgia extended its lead to 11-3 in the eighth with five runs on five hits. Darryl Blaze, Chaz Lytle, and Adam Swann had run-scoring singles plus a two-run double from Edge gave the Bulldogs a comfortable margin and chasing Vanderbilt starter Steven Faulkner. Faulkner went 7.1 innings and surrendered 10 runs on 11 hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
"Matt (Woods) was tremendous, got into territory he's never been, getting past the fifth and ended up going seven innings," said Georgia coach David Perno. "In the middle innings, our offense got a little distracted, lost some concentration as their guy ( Faulkner) got into the eighth. However, I'm pleased with the way we played this weekend.
"Tougher baseball is ahead of us but we're getting confidence and that's important with a young team."
Georgia returns to action Tuesday against nationally-ranked Georgia Tech at Foley Field. First pitch is slated for 6:30 pm.