Vanderbilt defeats Georgia 11-3

NASHVILLE - Dominic de la Osa drove in seven runs to lead 18th-ranked Vanderbilt to an 11-3 victory over No. 25 Sunday to win the rubber game of the series in front of a crowd of 2,083 at Hawkins Field.

Junior Joey Side (4-for-4) gave Georgia a 1-0 lead when he led off the game with a home run, his fifth on the year. It was the second time this season he has done that, starting off the Georgia State contest in Marietta back on March 22nd with a blast. Vanderbilt (25-12, 10-5 SEC) tied the game in the bottom of the frame as leadoff batter David Macias made his way around the bases. He was hit by a 2-2 offering from freshman Trevor Holder, stole second base, took third on a wild pitch and then scored when de la Osa (3-for-5, 7 RBI) grounded in to a double play.

With one out in the third, Side lined a double to left. Jonathan Wyatt moved him to third when he bounced out to first. After a walk to Bobby Felmy, Josh Morris smacked a run-scoring single to center for a 2-1 edge.

Holder was cruising until fifth when a leadoff error at first by Josh Morris ignited a three-run outburst by the Commodores. It was the first error by either team in the series. After Davis reached on the miscue, Alex Feinberg chopped a single to left to put runners at the corners. Matt Meingasner made it 3-2 with a two-run double down the left field line. Macias followed with a sacrifice bunt. Then, Georgia rolled the dice, brought the infield in and pitched to Pedro Alvarez. The ploy worked as he bounced to second for the second out. However, de la Osa made it 4-2 with another double down the left field line.

Georgia threatened in the seventh, loading the bases with one out when the Commodores turned to Casey Weathers in relief of Matt Buschman. He came on and struck out Jason Jacobs and Matt Robbins to preserve the two-run advantage.

Buschmann got the win to improve to 4-3, tossing 6.1 innings and allowing three runs on eight hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. Holder dropped to 2-2 despite a strong start, tying his career high with six innings. He allowed five runs, only two were earned, on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

The Commodores added three runs in their half of the seventh to extend their lead to 7-2. The big hit in the frame came from de la Osa who connected for a two-run double off of Adam McDaniel. Georgia threatened again in the eighth. A two-out, run-scoring single by Wyatt made it 7-3. Vanderbilt looked to left-hander Cameron Betourne with a pair of Bulldogs on and he got Felmy to pop out on his first pitch. Earlier in the frame, Side tied his career with his fourth four-hit game of his career including the second time this year.

De la Osa connected for a grand slam off of freshman Nathan Moreau in the eighth for the final margin. A batter earlier, Moreau struck out Alvarez for the second out.

"We got chances and let them slip away, and when you're on the road, you have to capitalize on them because the home team is going to respond," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We couldn't answer their big innings, and we left a lot of guys on again. We got a lot of hits but needed some clutch ones. Our timing was off at the plate, on the mound, we need to win more of the moments.

"With our group, we have to some patience especially with our pitching staff," Perno added. "We've done a good job in the second half of league play the last couple of years and obviously we need to do that again."

Georgia goes 3-4 on the seven-game road swing all against nationally-ranked opponents.

Up next, the Bulldogs (22-13, 6-9 SEC) return to Athens for a five-game home stand starting with the Mercer Bears on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Then, Georgia gets back to SEC action when it plays host to Tennessee on Friday.

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