Georgia bows out of SECs

HOOVER, AL - After playing five games in four days, ninth-ranked Georgia was eliminated from the SEC Baseball Tournament semifinals, falling 11-1 to Vanderbilt at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium Saturday night in front of a crowd of 1,314.

The Commodores (36-24) took a 3-0 advantage over Georgia (41-19) in the first. Freshman Pedro Alvarez hit his 19th home run of the year, tying the Vanderbilt single season home run record. Ryan Flaherty then reached on a single and was followed by Brian Hernandez who hit a RBI double to left and Dominic de la Osa who hit a RBI single to center. Shea Robin followed with a double, ending the outing for Georgia starter Iain Sebastian who allowed three runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning to take the loss and fall to 0-3. The Bulldogs turned to reliever Jason Fellows who got out of the frame and went on to toss 4.1 innings allowing three runs on six hits.

Vanderbilt starter Cody Crowell hurled a complete game in seven innings as the game was called due to a 10-run rule. Crowell allowed just one run on eights hits to earn the win and improve to 6-2.

"I'm very proud of our showing here at the SEC Tournament," said Georgia coach David Perno as the Bulldogs had their best finish here since 1989. "After dropping the opener, we battled back to win three in a row. Now, it's time to get ready for the weekend and the NCAA Regionals. We played five games in four days here, and that's rough on not just the pitching but on the position players too."

Georgia got its lone run in the third. With two outs, the Bulldogs loaded the bases as Jonathan Wyatt singled, Joey Side was hit by a pitch, and Gordon Beckham drew a walk. Then, Josh Morris picked up an RBI when he was hit by a pitch.

In the fourth, Vanderbilt stretched the lead to 5-1 getting an RBI single up the middle from David Macias and an RBI double to left from Ryan Flaherty. Then in the fifth, the Commodores went up 6-1. De la Osa led the frame off with a triple and scored on a single to center from Robin.

As Georgia turned to relief pitcher Adam McDaniel in the sixth, Vanderbilt added three runs on four hits to go up 9-1. Brad French and Alvarez reached on a triple and a walk and a single respectively. Then, Flaherty single to right field driving in French, but Georgia right fielder Wyatt misplayed the ball and Alvarez and Flaherty both came around to score. McDaniel pitched 1.1 innings allowing five runs and was relieved in the seventh after walking two batters. Mickey Westphal came on and issued a walk to the first batter he faced to load the bases. Next, Flaherty hit into a fielder's choice where Bulldog first baseman Morris' throw to second went into left field and the game's winning runs crossed the plate.

Georgia now awaits the announcement of the 16 host sites for this year's Division I baseball Regionals to be announced on Sunday, May 28th

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