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BSB: Dawgs roast Gators 9-4

Fernando Gonzalez

The eighth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (39-12, 17-11 SEC) extended their winning streak to nine in a row (eight in the SEC) after beating Florida 9-4 on Thursday evening in front of a crowd of 3,900 at Foley Field. 

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  • With the Thursday night win over Florida, Georgia has extended their SEC win streak to eight games. 
  • In his second start of the season, sophomore Kolten Smith pitched eight innings, allowed 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk (intentional) and struck out a career high 12 batters, the most for any Georgia pitcher this season. 
  • Graduate Dillon Carter (2-5, 3 RBI, 2 HR) had his first multi-homer game of the season, coming in the first and seventh innings. His first homer of the game came in his first at-bat since April 4 at Mississippi State as he was out with a knee injury. 
  • Graduate Paul Toetz (3-4, 3 RBI, BB, 2R HR) tied his career-best with his third three-hit game of the season. 
  • Redshirt sophomore Charlie Condon (1-2, 3 BB) extended his hitting streak to 22 games, with a single in the first inning. He also drew three walks, one intentional.  
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Key Quotes

Dillon Carter

 

 

 

 

On his big night as he returned to the field…

“I’m just grateful for the opportunity to be back in front of the Foley Faithful. We had an amazing crowd tonight, and I’m just really grateful to be back here and be healthy again.” 

Kolten Smith

On keeping the momentum going as the regular season wraps up…

“I’ve said it since the beginning of the year. We’ve got a really deep staff, and I’ve got a lot of faith in all of our guys, from top to bottom. Everybody’s going to get it done.” 

Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Wes Johnson

On Kolten’s Smith’s performance…

“He took that baseball. It was fun to watch, executing multiple pitches in the strike zone. You look at it, and people always ask, ‘how do you wrack up strikeouts?’ I have been asked that question a lot. You are around the zone. Then you are able to command pitches and move them out of the zone if they start in the zone. Kolten did a phenomenal job. If you look at the cutter, the slider, the fastball, he threw a few good changeups. He even dumped a few 12-6s in there. He had it working tonight. He has been working really hard. If you think about it, he really went 12 strikeouts and no walks because the walk was intentional. I can’t say enough about the job he did tonight. That was huge.”  

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MTEN: Bruno Tiberti named assistant coach

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“I am thrilled to welcome Bruno, his wife Luchi and their precious daughter Tina to the Georgia Tennis family,” said Coach Hunt. “He is an extremely accomplished coach at both the college and ATP level and will undoubtedly make us one of the best coaching staffs in the country. He’s a hard worker and a proven winner. I can’t wait for him to get to Athens to start working with our student-athletes.”

Tiberti has served as the assistant coach at the University of Texas-Arlington since January 2021. During his time on staff with the Mavericks, the program reached the NCAA Tournament in both the 2023 and 2024 seasons, marking the first time the team has reached the event in consecutive seasons since doing so in 2000 and 2001. Texas-Arlington went undefeated in conference play and swept the Western Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships in each of the last two seasons.

He also served as the volunteer assistant at Georgia Gwinnett College in 2014 and 2015 where the program earned its second NAIA National Championship during Tiberti’s second season.

“It’s such an honor to become a part of this legendary program,” said Tiberti. “I cannot wait to join the coaching staff with Jamie and Bryce who are hungry to achieve big things. I am ready to embrace this opportunity and enjoy every second of it. Go Dawgs!”

Since 2020, Tiberti has served as the tennis captain for the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, a first league team in Argentina. He helped lead the team to a championship in 2022 alongside nine other ATP players. 

While coaching at the professional level, Tiberti coached Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni to a historic finish at the Cincinnati Masters Series as the pair was the first Latin American tandem to claim the title. The pair also earned wins at the Washington DC ATP 500 in 2023. Tiberti also coached former top-eight player Diego Schwartzman during high-level results at the TP 250 Zhuhai, ATP 500 Beijing, Masters Series Shanghai, ATP 500 Tokyo, ATP 500 Basel, Masters 1000 Shanghai, Brisbane ATP 250 and Australian Open.

Tiberti’s teams have achieved success off the tennis courts as well. During his time at UT-Arlington, the program claimed the highest team grade point average among the school’s sports teams in both years. The Mavericks men’s tennis team also won the community service award in 2023 and achieved second place this year.

Tiberti’s teams have achieved success off the tennis courts as well. During his time at UT-Arlington, the program claimed the highest team grade point average among the school’s sports teams in both years. The Mavericks men’s tennis team also won the community service award in 2023 and achieved second place this year.

During his playing career, Tiberti reached a career-best ATP ranking of 650. He won a pair of national titles as a collegiate student-athlete, claiming the Division-II title at Oklahoma Christian University and the NAIA team title at Georgia Gwinnett, reaching a number one individual ranking at the ladder. 

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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.

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