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Baseball: Georgia continues to roll, 15-0 over Georgia State

Charlie Condon hit a pair of home runs and Logan Jordan drove in four runs as Georgia dismantled Georgia State 15-0 Tuesday for its second straight shutout.

Six Bulldog pitchers combined on a three-hitter as Georgia built a 7-0 lead after two innings. Sophomore Jarvis Evans pitched three scoreless innings as part of a planned staff outing for the win. The final five hurlers all made their Bulldog debut this season as Tyler McLoughlin took care of the next two innings with three strikeouts followed by Zach Harris, Daniel Padysak, DJ Radtke and Luke Wiltrakis.





Condon got the offense going in the first when he smashed an 0-2 offering from Jack Butler over the fence in right field for his first home run of the year. His second home run of the day made it 8-0 in the in the fourth as he finished 3-for-3 with four runs scored, two walks and two RBI. Jordan provided a three-run double to cap a five-run outburst in the second inning. The Bulldogs led 10-0 after seven innings and recorded another five-run frame in the eighth for the final. Graduate Paul Toetz highlighted the inning with a pinch-hit, three-run home run, his first as a Bulldog.

“We told the guys to concentrate on being consistent, to attack and stay focused regardless of who we’re playing, where we’re playing or what the score is,” said Georgia’s Ike Cousins head baseball coach Wes Johnson.  “We were able to build an early lead and that set the tone.”

The Panthers (1-3) employed nine pitchers on the day with Butler taking the loss to fall to 0-1.





Georgia returns to action at Foley Field Friday when it begins a three-game set against Northern Kentucky. First pitch is set for 3:02 p.m. and will be available on SECN+ and the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network. 

Box Score

MBB: Georgia (14-11, 4-8 SEC) vs. Vanderbilt (7-18, 2-10 SEC) tonight in Nashville

Georgia (14-11, 4-8 SEC) vs. Vanderbilt (7-18, 2-10 SEC)

Date: Wednesday, February 21

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Memorial Gymnasium (14,316)

Location: Nashville, Tenn.

Series History: VU leads, 95-56

Last Meeting: VU, 85-82, on 1/21/23

TV: SEC Network (Kevin Fitzgerald, play-by-play; Pat Bradley, color analyst)

Radio: Georgia Bulldog Network – SiriusXM 392 (Scott Howard, play-by-play; Chuck Dowdle, color analyst; Adam Gillespie, producer)

The Starting Five

• Nine Bulldogs have been mixed and matched to comprise eight different starting lineups this season, including five variations in the last six games. Silas Demary Jr., Russel Tchewa and Noah Thomasson have started every game for Georgia.

• Georgia is 24-1 when holding its opponents to less than 70 points during Mike White’s two seasons with the Bulldogs – 2-0 in 40s, 7-0 in the 50s and 15-1 in the 60s.

• Noah Thomasson is coming off a season-high 26-point outing against Florida last Saturday. The graduate transfer from Houston leads Georgia with 16 double-digit scoring performances this season and is tied with Jabri Abdur-Rahim for the most 20-point outings with four. 

• Silas Demary Jr. is the only freshman in the SEC start every game this season. The Raleigh, N.C., native averaged 8.5 ppg in non-conference play but has uppped that to 10.9 ppg in SEC action.

• Georgia entered this week No. 17 nationally in bench points, with UGA’s reserves contributing 29.3 ppg. The Bulldogs sport a bench scoring margin of +275 (+11.0 ppg).

The Opening Tip

Georgia treks to Nashville on Wednesday to face Vanderbilt at Memorial Gymnasium. The Bulldogs enter the contest at 14-11 overall and 4-8 in SEC play and looking to end a couple of losing streaks – a six-game overall skid and a four-game road stretch.

The 2023-24 campaign has been a streaky one for the Bulldogs. Contrary to Georgia’s current situation, the Bulldogs recorded winning streaks of 10 games overall, 10 contests at Stegeman Coliseum and three road outings earlier this season.

Jabri Abdur-Rahim leads a trio of Bulldogs scoring at a double-digit pace for Georgia at 12.7 ppg. Noah Thomasson and RJ Melendez are contributing 12.5 ppg and 10.2 ppg, respectively.

Georgia has been more productive and balanced offensively in conference action. 

The Bulldogs are one of three teams with a higher scoring offense in SEC play over non-league games. Four Bulldogs are averaging double figures in conference games, with Thomasson sporting a team-leading 12.8 ppg. Five Bulldogs have upped their scoring averages from their non-conference contributions, including Russel Tchewa’s jump of 3.1 ppg (from 6.1 to 9.2).

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