Athens, GA – After taking game one of the series on Friday, 9-0, the No. 4 Diamond Dogs took both games two and three from the Owls in Saturday’s doubleheader at Foley Field.
In the first game, Georgia and Santa Clara would need extra innings to settle the score. Tied four-all in the bottom of the 12th with two outs, the Bulldogs’ Tucker Bradley took the Owls Travis Howard’s pitch 393 feet over the fence in right-center for a walk-off homer to lift Georgia 5-4 over Santa Clara.
It was Bradley’s third home run on the season so far, and in the first game of the doubleheader, he went 3-for-6. Afterward, the redshirt junior from Chickamauga talked about his walk-off homer.
“He made a couple of good pitches, but I was honestly just trying to go for it with two outs to end it,” said Bradley. “Finally, I saw my pitch and was just able to get a good swing on it.”
In the second game on the day, Bradly would go 1-for-3 as Georgia put away Santa Clara for their seventh win of the year in a less dramatic fashion, 6-1. Bradley would also put in some work on the mound in that second game, pitching the final two innings with a career-high four strikeouts to put an exclamation mark on the day.
Senior left-hander Justin Glover was credited with the win in the second game of the doubleheader, his first win of the season, after throwing a career-high 3.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
“It was a little bit of everything is what really helped me out there today. I was able to get ahead of a lot of guys. I think the defense was really good,” said Glover. “I would not have been able to do what I did without them doing what they do best. I just trusted myself to go out there and compete and that really worked out for me.”
UGA baseball head coach Scott Stricklin had this to say about his team sweeping Santa Clara on Saturday.
“I thought that we pitched really well in both games. Both starting pitchers did really well. I thought Will Childers in game two did a good job for us especially with it being his first start for us as a freshman. Cole Wilcox was very good and didn’t walk anybody, he gave up a couple of home runs but that’s it.”
“And Tucker Bradley, he’s just a story, he always finds a way to get it done. The walk-off home run in the first game and then continuing to hit through every game we have played. But then to come in and pitch the way he does he’s a big-time story. We win the first game because he robbed the home run defensively. If he hadn’t grabbed that home run we would have seen them with a three-run home run, and we most likely would have lost the first game.”
For Saturday’s doubleheader game one boxscore, CLICK HERE.
And CLICK HERE for Saturday’s doubleheader game two boxscores.
Georgia will close the weekend series with Santa Clara in game four on Sunday afternoon at Foley Field. The first pitch is set for 1:02 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on the SECN+. Fans can follow along via live stats at Georgiadogs.com, CLICK HERE, and also on the UGA baseball team’s Twitter account @BaseballUGA.