Vanderbilt downs Georgia, 9-4

HOOVER- Matt Buschmann pitched six solid innings and Vanderbilt wrapped out 16 hits in a 9-4 win over Georgia in the first round of the SEC tournament Wednesday afternoon at the Hoover-Met. Vanderbilt will next face South Carolina Thursday at 5 p.m. CST.

With the win, the sixth seeded Commodores improved to 34-23 on the year and will face the seventh seeded South Carolina Gamecocks tomorrow night at 5 p.m. in a winner's bracket contest.

The third-seeded Bulldogs fell to 38-18 on the year and will take on the second-seeded Kentucky Wildcats tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. in an elimination game.

"It's nice to stay in the winner's bracket," said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin. "We had good pitching from (Matt) Buschmann. Offensively we did a better job than we did in Nashville. We executed well with hit and runs which were opportunistic and bunts that were successful."

Buschmann gave up five hits and four runs, one earned, in six innings of work with seven strikeouts and a walk to improve to 5-4 on the year. It was his first win since defeating Georgia on April 16th (four starts ago). Relievers Stephen Shao (two innings) and Casey Weathers (one inning) closed out the game with three innings of two-hit scoreless relief.

"Georgia is a good team," said Buschmann. "It's exciting to win one because they are a great hitting team. It was nice to pitch with a big lead. At the same time it's nice to have run support. Once we do, it's my job to shut down innings."

UGA jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Joey Side tripled to right and scored on a RBI double by Gordon Beckham.

The Commodores rallied for three runs in the top of the second courtesy of RBI singles by Shea Robin, David Macias and Pedro Alvarez.

The Bulldogs plated an unearned run in their half on a fielder's choice RBI by Matthew Dunn.

Ryan Davis' two-run double in the third extended the lead to 5-2.

The Dores then opened the game up with a three-run fifth inning. Shea Robin, Ryan Davis and Alex Feinberg had consecutive RBI singles to key the attack.

The Bulldogs closed the gap to 8-4 in the sixth, courtesy of a two-run double by Matt Olson.

VU closed out the scoring in the sixth with a sacrifice fly by Shea Robin to make it 9-4.

Mickey Westphal was charged with his first loss of the year to drop to 6-1. He allowed seven runs, four earned, on nine hits in 4.1 innings of work.

Alex Feinberg led the Dores with three hits, while six others had two hits each in the 16-hit attack.

"Today we played as a team," said Shea Robin who had three RBI on the day. "We came together. We weren't afraid to bunt people over and did the little things, which is our style of play. The hitting was there, Buschmann pitched an awesome game and the relievers did well."

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Georgia    110 002 000-4(7)2
Buschmann, Shao (7), Weathers (9) and Hernandez. Westphal, Dodson (5), Holder (7) and Jacobs. W- Buschmann 5-4, L- Westphal 6-1. Sv- None. HR- None.

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