GEORGIA CRUISES PAST VANDERBILT 11-3

Nashville - Georgia broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the fifth inning then cruised past Vanderbilt 11-3 Sunday, March 24, at Hawkins Field.

The win gave the Bulldogs (12-5, 5-1 in the Southeastern Conference) the three-game series sweep of the Commodores (13-7, 2-4 SEC). The victory was Georgia's sixth straight in the series.

The Bulldogs took the lead for good in the fifth inning, scoring three times on two unearned runs. With two runners on and two outs, first baseman Matt Cavender hit an RBI-single to right field that VU's Worth Scott let go under his glove and roll all the way to the wall, scoring Georgia's Kris Edge from second base and David Coffey from first base.

With the score 5-3 Georgia, Cavender scored on the following play on a ground ball off the bat of UGA's Jon Armitage that was misplayed by VU second baseman Chris Broadus. Broadus fielded the ball cleanly but his throw pulled Commodore first baseman Sean Luellwitz off the bag, allowing Cavender to score from third base.

Georgia's lead grew to 11-3 in the eighth when the Bulldogs scored five times and five consecutive hits. UGA's Darryl Blaze and Chaz Lytle hit back-to-back RBI-singles to make the score 8-3. Kris Edge followed with a two-RBI double to left field to make the score 10-3. Adam Swann followed with an-RBI single to left field to finish the scoring on the day.

Lytle finished the day 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Edge went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Cavender posted a 2-for-3 day at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored.

Bulldog starter Matt Woods (1-0) pitched seven innings, scattering six hits and striking out four while allowing two earned runs and a walk.

Vanderbilt starter Steven Faulkner (2-2) was touched up for 11 hits and eight earned runs in a season-high 7.1 innings on the mound. He walked four and struck out four. Relievers Dean Bennett and Jay Smith also saw action for the Commodores.

Vanderbilt took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Cesar Nicolas scored Karl Nonemaker on a sacrifice fly. Georgia answered in the second inning, scoring three times on a Clint Sammons three-run home run to left center. His fourth of the season.

The Commodores trimmed the deficit to 3-2 in the second inning when Nonemaker tripled and scored on a ground out by Scott. VU tied the game in the fourth inning when Scott doubled into the left-center field alley, scoring John Prothro.

Vanderbilt managed seven hits on the day. Chris Broadus led all Commodore hitters with a season-high three hits in four at bats.  Scott was 1-for-3 with two RBI.

Vanderbilt travels to Tennessee Tech Wednesday, March 27, to battle the Golden Eagles starting at 4 p.m. The Commodores return to Hawkins Field this weekend for a three-game SEC series with Arkansas.


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