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BSB: UGA run rules Vandy again 14-4

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Georgia hit four home runs and Kolten Smith tossed four shutout innings to lead No. 18 Georgia to a 14-4 mercy-rule victory over Vanderbilt in eight innings Saturday to clinch another SEC series at Foley Field in front of a crowd of 3,738.

Fast Facts





● Georgia saw action from Charlie Goldstein, Josh Roberge, Christian Mracna and Kolten Smith on the mound with a combined 10 strikeouts. The win was credited to Smith with only one hit allowed and six strikeouts as he improved to 7-2.

● Corey Collins was hit by pitches in two of his three plate appearances, extending his school record to 22 this season. Also, he had a three-run home run Saturday, his 14th of the year.

● Charlie Condon notched his sixth-straight game with a home run, giving him an NCAA-best 32 on the season. Along with Condon, Collins, Tre Phelps and Kolby Branch hit home runs to give the Bulldogs 120 on the year.





● Fernando Gonzalez’ two-run triple provided a 14-4 walk-off run-rule decision in the eighth. It marked the second straight run-rule win in the series as the Bulldogs won 10-0 Friday in seven innings.

 Georgia loaded the bases with nobody out to start the bottom of the fourth and then play was halted for 71 minutes due to rain.

 Before the game, Georgia honored the radio duo of Jeff Dantzler and David Johnston for 25 years of broadcasting Bulldog baseball. They threw out the ceremonial first pitch too.

Key Quotes

Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Wes Johnson

On the offensive performance today…

“I thought our offense was phenomenal today. You know, Corey… we get caught up in the HBP’s, walks, which are obviously massive. But when he hit that three-run homer in a 3-1 count with Charlie on deck. He got that fast ball in the strike zone and didn’t miss it. It’s those kind of at bats, when guys can really get into the zone, that’ll allow you to put up some runs on the board.”

On the rain delay…

“I prepped out guys before the game; I said ‘today’s a day you’re going to have to deal with some adversity, you’re going to have to deal with some distraction. A team that can sit there, and just relax, and not stress, and understand that part of the game is things that we can’t control, and just stay loose, and not overthink things, so that when they tell us that it’s time to play we’re going to go out there and be ready.’ I think that helped. Our guys were phenomenal during the rain delay and when it was time to go we were ready.

Corey Collins, 1B

On today’s offensive performance…

“We worked hard this whole week. We had a great game Tuesday and it really showed. Guys came out here this week just finding pitches to hit and really sticking to it. Trying to get the ball up in the zone, taking balls, and swinging at strikes is what we’ve been looking forward to doing.”

Up Next

Georgia (34-12, 12-11 SEC) finishes this SEC series with Vanderbilt Sunday on Lettermen’s Day with first pitch set for 1:02 p.m. ET. Prior to the game, Georgia will honor three of its former lettermen. The game will be available on SECN+ and the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network.

Metal Detectors At Foley Field Sunday

• A reminder of a product demonstration of metal detectors at Foley Field for fans coming to the Vanderbilt series. 

• Fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid delays.  We appreciate your understanding.

• This demonstration is being conducted in consultation with UGA Police Department and will showcase new technology at the three primary entry gates.  

• The facility’s clear bag policy will still be in effect, and event staff will be present to help navigate fans where necessary to ensure a smooth entry process into the stadium. 

• This is a continuation of our commitment to maintain a safe and secure game day environment. 

Box Score

WTEN: Dawgs roll Noles, advance to NCAA Tournament Super Regional

Mell Reasco

 The No. 7 Georgia women’s tennis team earned its spot in the NCAA Tournament Super Regional after knocking off No. 20 Florida State, 4-1, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Saturday.

Fast Facts

• The win marks the second consecutive season that Georgia has eliminated Florida State in the second round in the NCAA tournament.

• Alexandra Vecic has won her last five completed singles matches as she secured the match-clincher against Florida State.

• The tandem of Mell Reasco and Anastasiia Lopata are now 10-0 since teaming up on court three doubles.

• Georgia has now advanced to the NCAA Super Regional rounds for a 12th-consecutive season.

Key Quotes

Head Coach Drake Bernstein: “We’re excited that we get another week of practice and another week of tennis. Regardless of outcome, we get one last match here at the greatest college tennis facility with the best fans in the country. It’s definitely something that helps you out on days like today when you lose a little bit of momentum after the doubles. The fans are right there barking away. We’re just fired up for one more week of it.”

Up Next

Georgia will remain home next weekend where it will play host in the Athens Super Regional. The Bulldogs will face the winner of the California Regional’s second round match between No. 10 California and No. 17 Auburn. Date and match time is TBD.

SB: Georgia evens Mississippi State series with 5-0 win

Lyndi Rae Davis

The 14th-ranked Georgia softball team shut out No. 20 Mississippi State 5-0 on Saturday to even the weekend series at Nusz Park.

Fast Facts

• Lyndi Rae Davis’ two-RBI single in the first inning, which put Georgia ahead 3-0, cemented her 10th multi-RBI game of the season, third-most on the team. Saturday was also her fifth multi-hit game of the season.

• Dallis Goodnight recorded her eighth multi-hit game and has had a hit in each of Georgia’s last three games. She finished with three hits, a season-high, and tied a career-best three runs scored.

• After allowing two hits to MSU in the first inning, Shelby Walters pitched four scoreless, hitless innings. She struck out two batters and walked one in five innings.

• Georgia is 8-0 in game two of each SEC series this season. Sunday’s series finale will be the sixth rubber game Georgia has played in SEC play. The Bulldogs are 1-4 in those games.

• This was the pitching staff’s ninth shutout of the season and second of SEC play.

• The Bulldogs improve to 16-0 when scoring in the first inning.

Up Next

The 2024 regular-season finale is set for Sunday afternoon in Starkville. Georgia and Mississippi State will square off at 12 p.m. ET live on SEC Network.

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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.