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BSB Photos/Highlights/Box Score: Charlie Condon leads Dawgs home run derby to a sweep of Bama

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Game one featured a walk-off grand slam by sophomore Kolby Branch while Condon provided the go-ahead blast in game two as the Bulldogs have hit an NCAA-leading 70 home runs on the year. Condon ranks among the national leaders with a .529 batting average, 17 home runs and a 1.259 slugging percentage. The Bulldogs improved to 20-4 overall and 2-3 in the SEC while Alabama fell to 18-5 (2-3 SEC).

“Sometimes when you get into these situations, and you need to play 18 innings, it’s hard,” said Georgia’s Ike Cousins head baseball coach Wes Johnson. “You have to be able to stay focused. You got to be able to stay with your plan. You can’t give away at bats, and it all started on the mound today. When you have Superman (Condon) on your team, you always feel good. Charlie had a phenomenal day, but Corey (Collins) and Slate (Alford) did a phenomenal job forcing the pitching staff to pitch to Charlie. We still have things to work on. We need to execute more pitches, but today was a great step for our four guys that threw today.”





Game 1: Georgia Beats Alabama 9-5 On Walk-Off Grand Slam

Georgia erased a 1-0 deficit in the first by sending nine men to the plate and scoring four runs on two swings. Senior Corey Collins led off the second straight game with a home run. Then, graduate Dylan Goldstein smashed a three-run home run to make it 4-1. It was the eighth home of the year for both Bulldogs. Alabama trimmed it to 4-2 with a run in the third and had runners at the corners with one out when Goldstein and the Bulldogs maintained their two-run advantage. The Crimson Tide took a 5-4 lead in the fourth after a two-run triple by Gage Miller and a run-scoring single by TJ McCants. Georgia tied it up in the bottom of the frame courtesy of a solo shot by All-America Charlie Condon. It was his 15th home run and traveled 441 feet with a exit velocity of 114 miles per hour.

With the game still tied and one out in the ninth, Evan Sleight doubled to right center and Ian Petruz looked to score. However, the throw home to Henry Hunter by Branch from Condon would’ve got him so he looked to retreat to third. He didn’t make it as the Bulldogs seized momentum. In the bottom of the ninth, Georgia loaded the bases on a leadoff walk to Sebastian Murillo, Hunter doubled to left and Clayton Chadwick was hit by a pitch to set the stage for Branch. It was Branch’s second grand slam this season and fourth of his career. It marked the first walk-off slam by the Bulldogs since 2004 when Bobby Felmy did it against Georgia Southern in the 10th inning,

Graduate Brian Zeldin fired a career-high four shutout innings of relieve to move to 2-0 for the Bulldogs while Aidan Moza got the loss to fall to 2-1.





Game 1 Box Score

Game 2: Georgia Completes Doubleheader Sweep With 6-5 Win

Alabama’s Gage Miller led off the game with a home run, his 10th of the year. Then, Justin Lebron did the same in the second inning and Miller struck again in the third for a 3-0 edge. The Bulldogs responded with a pair of home runs in the bottom of the frame. Condon launched a two-run blast to right field for his 16th of the season. Slate Alford followed with a solo home run to tie the contest. It was Alford’s eighth of the year. Alabama designated hitter Kade Snell broke a 3-3 tie when he led off the seventh with his second home run of the season. Georgia answered as Collins reached on a one-out single and then the Crimson Tide turned to closer Alton Davis II to face Condon. On an 0-2 pitch, the All-American crushed his third home run of the day and 17th of the year, a 442-foot blast over the batter’s eye to put the Bulldogs in front 5-4. Georgia added an insurance run in the ninth which proved to be big as the Tide managed to push a run across in the ninth for the final. The Bulldogs picked up a sweep of a top 10 ranked team for the first time since last year when it took a pair from No. 10 Kentucky much to the delight of a crowd of 3,604 in the second game.

Sophomore Kolten Smith pitched the final 3.2 innings in relief of Leighton Finley to improve to 2-1. Davis dropped to 1-1.

Georgia concludes the series with Alabama on Sunday at Foley Field. First pitch will be at 1:02 p.m., and the game will be available on SECN+ and the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network.

Box Score

SB: Georgia sweeps doubleheader vs. Ole Miss

Lyndi Rae Davis

The fifth-ranked Georgia softball team defeated the Ole Miss Rebels Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader at the Ole Miss Softball Complex, 7-0, 10-7.

Georgia climbs to 26-4 on the season and 4-1 in SEC play. The doubleheader was highlighted by a one-hitter in the circle by Lilli Backes in game one and a six-RBI day at the play by Lyndi Rae Davis.

Game 1 Highlights

No. 5 Georgia 7, Ole Miss 0

Backes (10-1) went the distance in her start, taking a no-hit bid into the seventh, losing it with two out in the final frame. Backes struck out six Rebel hitters in the contest.

Sara Mosley led the offense with three hits, while Davis drove in three runs and walked three times at the top of the order. A total of nine Bulldog hitters contributed a hit.

With bases full of Dogs in the top of the fifth, a two-out single to left off the bat of Jaiden Fields drove in two and broke up the scoreless draw, 2-0.

Davis doubled the Bulldogs’ lead with one swing in the sixth, plating two runners with a single to left. A two-out error by the Rebel shortstop extended the inning and allowed a Georgia run to score, bringing the inning tally to three and the lead to 5-0.

A couple more runs touched home in the seventh, first on a sac fly from Davis, then a Mosley single to right center, her third hit of the game, widening the lead to 7-0.

Game 2 Highlights

No. 5 Georgia 10, Ole Miss 7 (8 inn.)

Sydney Kuma and Davis each drove in three runs in the second game, and Ellie Armistead joined Kuma with three hits. Additionally, Jaydyn Goodwin and Emily Digby each had two hits. Eight Georgia hitters combined for 14 hits.

Madison Kerpics worked three innings in her start, allowing two runs on six hits with two strikeouts. Shelby Walters pitched three innings out of the pen, giving up three runs on six hits. Lilli Backes (11-1) earned her second win of the day, pitching the final two innings and giving up two runs on three hits.

Georgia loaded the bases for the fifth time on the day in the top of the season. Jayda Kearney took ball four, putting Georgia on the board. Kuma followed with a single back up the middle to drive in two more and make it a three-run second inning.

Back-to-back Rebel home runs in the second cut Georgia’s new lead to one in the bottom of the second, 3-2.

RBI singles by Goodwin and Armistead in the fourth and one from Kuma in the fifth widened Georgia’s lead to 6-2.

Digby’s third home run of the season was a two-out solo shot in the sixth to make it a 7-2 game in favor of the Bulldogs.

In the sixth, a trio of RBI singles drove in three runs for Ole Miss, reducing Georgia’s lead to 7-5.

Down to its final out, Ole Miss used a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to knot the game at 7-all.

Again, Georgia found itself with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth. Davis came through with a bases-clearing double to put Georgia back in front 10-7.

Backes shut down the Rebels in the bottom of the eighth to secure the doubleheader sweep.

The Bulldogs and Rebels will square off in the series finale on Sunday in Oxford. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. ET, streaming live on SEC Network+.

WTEN: No. 8 Georgia vs No. 22 Tennesssee Today

Dasha Vidmanova

With no match scheduled on Friday, the No. 8 Georgia women’s tennis team will return to action on the road against No. 22 Tennessee on Sunday, March 24 at 1 p.m. at Barksdale Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Bulldogs make the trip north donning an 11-3 overall record, riding on a nine-match winning streak while currently sitting atop the Southeastern Conference standings with a 6-0 record as the last remaining undefeated program in conference play.

Georgia leads the all-time series 54-9 against Tennessee while having won each of the last 15 meetings dating back to 2010.

Tennessee is 11-5 on the season while holding a 3-3 record in SEC play, coming off a split weekend at home with a 4-0 win against No. 40 LSU and a 4-3 loss against No. 11 Texas A&M.

The Bulldogs enter Sunday’s matchup with seven players ranked in the ITA’s individual rankings.

Dasha Vidmanova leads the way in the singles rankings at No. 24 followed by Alexandra Vecic (No. 30), Mell Reasco (No. 75), Anastasiia Lopata (No. 80) and Mai Nirundorn (No. 91).

In the doubles rankings, Georgia is represented by two tandems in Vidmanova and Aysegul Mert (No. 16) and Nirundorn with Guilermina Grant (No. 35).


Date: Sunday, March 24

Time: 1 p.m. ET

Location: Knoxville, Tenn.

Venue: Barksdale Stadium

Live Video: https://gado.gs/blp

Live Scoring: https://gado.gs/8vf

Georgia Sports Game Schedule – March 24, 2024


University of Georgia Baseball vs Alabama

Sunday, March 241:00 – 4:00pm

Location: Athens, Ga., Foley Field

University of Georgia Baseball vs Alabama TV: SECN+ Streaming Audio: https://admin.georgiadogs.com/showcase?Live=4582https://admin.georgiadogs.com/calendar.aspx?game_id=24880&sport_id=1

University of Georgia Men’s Tennis vs No. 45 Arkansas

Sunday, March 241:00 – 4:00pm

Location: Athens, Ga., Dan Magill Tennis Complex

University of Georgia Men’s Tennis vs No. 45 Arkansas Streaming Video: https://georgiadogs.com/sports/2017/6/17/sports-m-tennis-spec-rel-vid-stream-html.aspxhttps://admin.georgiadogs.com/calendar.aspx?game_id=24759&sport_id=11

University of Georgia Women’s Tennis at Tennessee

Sunday, March 241:00 – 4:00pm

Location: Knoxville, TN

University of Georgia Softball at Ole Miss

Sunday, March 242:00 – 4:00pm

Location: Oxford, Miss.

University of Georgia Softball at Ole Miss TV: SECN+ Streaming Video: https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=bfc29051-013d-44f1-a5e6-256fea32c9e4https://admin.georgiadogs.com/calendar.aspx?game_id=24815&sport_id=13

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