The UGA baseball team had an offensive breakout performance against Savannah State as they earned a very impressive 12-3 victory.
The Bulldogs and Tigers went back and forth in the early stages of the game with the teams trading the lead throughout the first three innings. However, The Bulldogs six-run fourth inning gave them a commanding 8-2 lead and they would hold on to that lead until the end of the game.
The Bulldogs’ bats came alive against the Tigers as they scored as many runs in this game as they had in their previous four games combined. Scoring runs had been an issue for the Bulldogs in their past few games but in this game, every Bulldog in the starting lineup found a way to score.
It’s hard to pick a standout performer in a game that saw so many players have offensive success but the two players that really stood out could be found in the Bulldogs’ middle infield. Shortstop Cam Shepherd and second baseman L.J. Talley both had outstanding games.
Shepherd has really hit his stride at the plate as of late and he is currently riding an 11-game hitting streak. He reached base on three of his five at-bats and was a home run away from hitting for the cycle as he hit a single, double, and triple in the game. Shepherd only scored one run but he had three of the team’s RBIs and he definitely played a critical role in the Bulldogs’ success.
Talley’s success was a pleasant surprise for the Bulldogs as he had four hits in five plate appearances. Talley led the team in RBIs with four and also scored two runs of his own. His most impressive hit came on a monster home run that he hit off to right field that hit the top of the scoreboard. Like Shepherd, Talley was only one hit from hitting for the cycle, but he needed to hit a triple to complete his cycle.
The Bulldogs will definitely need to mirror their offensive success in this game if they hope to continue to win games. The Bulldogs’ pitching may not have stood out because of the offense’s day but the pitching continued to be solid for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs started with pitcher Drew Moody on the mound and he pitched well but had a very short two-inning appearance. The Bulldogs clearly wanted to give their relief pitchers some work as they followed Moody with 10 relievers. Those 10 relievers only gave up two runs on six hits and their overall success on the night could point to the potential that these Bulldog pitchers have.
The Bulldogs will need to continue to have great pitching and offensive success if they hope to build on this win. The (11-15,1-5) Bulldogs will get back to SEC play in their next series as they face the (14-8,0-6) Tennessee Volunteers on the road starting March 31st.
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