ATHENS, Ga. – David Coffey's game-tying RBI single and Jon Armitage's two-run home run sparked a four-run eighth inning as Georgia completed a three-game sweep of Vanderbilt with a 4-1 win Sunday afternoon at Foley Field.
The win pushed Georgia's current win streak to five games and upped the Bulldogs' record to 26-22 overall and 8-16 in the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt suffered its second league sweep on the road this season and drops to 22-23 overall and 10-14 in the league.
The Bulldogs scored all of their runs off Commodore reliever Matt Buschmann (4-2). UGA pinch hitter Jasha Balcom led off the eighth frame with an infield single to short. Justin Holmes sacrificed him to second base. Coffey tied the game at 1-1 when he singled sharply to left field to score Balcom. Two batters later Armitage smashed a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right center field to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 advantage.
Josh Smith followed three batters later with a RBI single that brought in Justin McClain to make the score 4-1.
Armitage ended the day 3-for-4 while McClain was 2-for-4 for Georgia. Georgia's Paul Lubrano (4-3) earned the win in relief. He pitched an inning and a third, allowing one hit while striking out two.
Both starting pitchers were outstanding. Vanderbilt's Jeremy Sowers limited Georgia to five hits, including four singles, in his seven innings pitched. He walked one and struck out four.
Georgia's Sean Ruthven allowed Vanderbilt two hits through seven and a third innings. John Kaye's double into the alley in right center field marked the Commodores only hit and only runner in scoring position in the first seven innings. Tony Mansolino singled and was sacrificed to second base before Ruthven was pulled for Lubrano in the eighth.
The Commodores struck out 10 times against Bulldog pitching on Sunday and registered only 17 hits and five runs in the three-game series.
Vanderbilt continues its seven-game road swing this Tuesday at Western Kentucky. Game time is 6 p.m. CT. The Commodores return to SEC play this weekend at Kentucky. The three-game league series begins Friday at 6 p.m.ET, continues Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.