ATHENS----Georgia seniors Bill Sharpton and Jeffery Carswell combined post a 5-0 shutout of fifth-ranked Alabama Friday in front of 2,422 at Foley Field.
The Bulldogs (27-17, 13-9 SEC) posted their first shutout of the season as the Crimson Tide (39-8, 16-6) managed 10 hits but were held off the scoreboard. Sharpton pitched 6.2 innings, scattering eight hits with three walks and five strikeouts for the victory to improve to 6-4. Carswell notched his fourth save, tossing the final 2.1 innings, allowing a pair of hits with one strikeout. Senior Lance Cormier (8-2) went the distance for Alabama, allowing five runs on 11 hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
Georgia struck for a pair of runs in the first. Senior Kris Edge led off with a walk, advanced to second on sacrifice bunt and scored on a base hit by senior Adam Swann. Then with two outs, Swann scored on an infield single by senior Matt Cavender that third baseman Allen Rice speared but appeared to hurt his shoulder on the play as he remained on the ground and did not attempt a throw. After a brief visit by the trainers, he remained in the game.
The Bulldogs maintained their 2-0 advantage until the seventh. Edge and Lytle (2-for-3) had back-to-back singles and then sophomore left fielder David Coffey smashed a 1-0 offering over the right centerfield wall for a three-run blast and a 5-0 lead. For Coffey, it was his team-leading 11th home run of the season.
Alabama missed out on a handful of scoring opportunities including a bases loaded two-out situation in the second but Sharpton got Scott McClanahan to pop out to first. In the fifth, Alabama had runners at first and third with one out, and then Brent Boyd lined into a double play. In the eighth, the Tide had runners at first and second with one out but Rice grounded into a double play.
The series resumes Saturday with a 2 pm start. Georgia will start sophomore Matt Woods (2-0, 4.37 ERA) while Alabama will counter with Jeffery Norris (2-0, 4.37 ERA).