Ty Davis pitched 6.2 scoreless innings in relief of Cody Crowell for the win to improve to 2-0. Georgia sophomore starter Jason Leaver dropped to 1-2, allowing four runs on five hits in only two innings. After Leaver, Georgia employed five freshmen hurlers in Alex McRee, Dean Weaver, Justin Earls, Ryan Woolley and Steve Esmonde.
The Bulldogs (19-30, 8-16 SEC) jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the first as Ryan Peisel and Jonathan Wyatt notched singles off of Crowell. For Peisel, it extended his hitting streak to 16 games. With one out, freshman Rich Poythress smacked a two-run double to left. Vanderbilt tied the game in the top of the second on a run-scoring triple by Mattt Mengasner (2-for-4) and a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Parker Hanks. Vanderbilt added two runs in the second, three in the third, two in the fourth, four in the fifth and four in the seventh for the final.
"Vanderbilt flexed their muscles today, getting 15 runs and 23 hits and proved why they are the number one team in the country," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We started a sophomore and then brought in five freshmen, and this is just part of the growing pains. Vanderbilt bounced back after the shutout and that's what a good team does. We definitely got their 'A' game today."
Down 5-4 in the third, Georgia had a chance to take the lead, loading the bases with one out. However, Davis struck out freshman Joey Lewis and got junior Travis Parrott to fly out to end the threat. Georgia is batting just .206 with the bases loaded this year.
"We had a window there in the third, and have had chances like that all year, but we haven't been able to take advantage enough times," said Perno. "That was our opportunity for a big inning, and we didn't come through. We've really struggled with the bases loaded this year."
Up next, Georgia plays host to Georgia Tech Wednesday at 7:06 p.m. The game will be televised live by CSS. The teams have split the first two games this season with the Yellow Jackets winning 8-2 at their stadium on April 18 while the Bulldogs posted a 10-7 win at Turner Field on April 24.