Dawgs hold on to win 1-0

ATHENS - Four Georgia pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout as the Bulldogs blanked Savannah State 1-0 Tuesday at Foley Field.

The Bulldogs (12-21) pushed across the game's lone run in the third inning. Freshman Luke Stewart led off with a base hit and advanced to third after base hits by Gordon Beckham and Jonathan Wyatt. With the bases loaded, Tiger hurler Marcus Cortes struck out freshman Rich Poythress. Then, junior Matt Olson lifted a fly ball to right field that was caught for the second out as Stewart scored on the sacrifice fly. On the play, Beckham was thrown out attempting to advance to third for the final out of the frame but not before the run scored.

Freshman Alex McRee, making his first career start, earned the win as it was prearranged that the Bulldogs would use four pitchers. McRee (2-2) allowed one hit over the first four innings with one walk and one strikeout. Freshman Steve Esmonde pitched the next three innings while senior Adam McDaniel took care of the eighth inning and junior Joshua Fields closed it out in the ninth for his third save. Fields struck out two of the final three Tiger hitters. Meanwhile, Marcus Cortes (4-7) went the distance for Savannah State (23-16), allowing one run on seven hits with five walks and three strikeouts.

"Alex has good stuff, and he was able to work through a couple of times when he fell behind in some counts and that was good to see," said Georgia coach David Perno. "Steve did well too, he works fast, and the team likes that. We may have to piece it together like this on Sundays like we've done in these midweek games."

Perno added he was pleased with how Stewart did in his first game in the leadoff spot. Stewart went 1-for-2 with a walk, a sacrifice bunt and one run scored.

Georgia hits the road Wednesday when it will face Western Carolina. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Bulldogs will start freshman Dean Weaver (1-1, 7.32 ERA).

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