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Georgia clinches South Carolina series with 11-5 Friday night win

Tre Phelps

The 12th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs clinched an SEC road series over No. 14 South Carolina with an 11-5 decision Friday at Founders Park in front of a crowd of 7,630 and extend their winning streak to seven games.

Fast Facts





• Redshirt sophomore Charlie Condon (2-for-5, 1 IBB, 1 RBI) saw his consecutive games with a home run end at eight games, one shy of the NCAA record. In his final at bat in the ninth, he was intentionally walked when the count went to 3-1. Condon did extend his hitting streak to 20 games with a single in the first.

• Sophomore right-hander Leighton Finley started and provided five innings, allowing two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts to improve to 5-1. USC loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, and he struck out the next two Gamecocks to maintain a 10-2 edge.

• Georgia exploded for five runs on five two-out hits to take a 5-1 lead in the fifth. The outburst began with a three-run home run by junior Slate Alford, his 14th of the year.





• Freshman Tre Phelps blasted a three-run home run as part of a five-run fourth that extended Georgia’s lead to 10-1. It was his third home run of the series and eighth of his career.

• Senior Corey Collins, the NCAA leader in OB% at .593, went 3-for-5 with a hit by pitch (HBP). It was his SEC-leading 24th HBP which extends his school record.

• Graduate Brian Zeldin picked up his sixth save by pitching the final four innings with six strikeouts.

Key Quotes

Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Wes Johnson

“I told the guys we’re going to come out Saturday and it’s 0-0, and we’re playing one more game here. If we do that, we’ll be fine. This is a really good team we’re playing, and they’re going to fight until the end. With Leighton (Finley), I’ve seen this in the league a lot when a guy has a really good outing one week, he hit some career marks last week for pitches, strikeouts, all that, and then that next week, you see a little struggle. He was able to battle through that. Leighton was good to only give up two through five and then (Brian) Zeldin came in and took care of the rest. It was a grinded out effort by both of them.”

Brian Zeldin, RHP

“It’s a little bit of a mindset. When you show up at home, you expect to win the series. On the road, there’s a lot of stuff going on, and you’re trying to scrape one instead of going out and punch the other team. I think that’s really flipped us as we have come out this series and got after it.”

Up Next

Georgia (37-12, 15-11 SEC) concludes the SEC series against USC Saturday with first pitch set for 2:02 p.m. ET. The game will be available on SEC Network+ and the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network.

Box Score

WTEN: UGA advanes to NCAA Tournament quarterfinals with win over California

  The No. 7 Georgia women’s tennis team wrapped up its final home match of the season and earned its spot in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals after knocking off No. 10 California, 4-2, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Friday.

Fast Facts

• The win wraps up Georgia’s last home match this season, finishing undefeated at 11-0 in Athens.

• The Bulldogs have now advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals in back-to-back seasons.

• The victory marks Georgia’s third top-10 ranked win of the season (def. No. 8 Florida, No. 9 Texas A&M – Feb. 9-10)

• Georgia improves to 12-7 all-time against California.

Watch a fullscreen slideshow HERE.

Key Quotes

Head Coach Drake Bernstein: “We’re just excited for another week of practice. Another week of tennis to get to go out there and wear red and black one more day at least in this championship. It’s a pretty special thing to do. The team has come a long ways from the fall and January to now. Just excited that the show goes on.”

Up Next

Georgia’s next match will see it face the winner of No. 2 Stanford and No. 15 NC State, with the quarterfinal match taking place on Friday, May 17 at the Greenwood Tennis Center in Stillwater, Okla. Match time is TBD.

SB: Jayda Kearney and Sara Mosley named First Team All-SEC, Dallis Goodnight second team

“I’m really proud of these three,” head coach Tony Baldwin said. Sara and Jayda have been good players and have experienced a high level of success in this conference for several years now. That is a tough task and a great accomplishment. I’m proud of them both and happy for them to be recognized.

“Dallis has worked so hard to grow her game, and it has really shown. She is a great competitor, and I’m happy for her to be recognized for the season that she has put together.”

This is the third First Team All-SEC appointment for both Mosley and Kearney (2022, 2023, 2024). Kearney was named to the All-Freshman Team in 2021. This is Goodnight’s first all-conference honor of her career.

Kearney, a native of Columbus, New Jersey, led the Bulldogs with 17 RBI in conference play this season, slugging five home runs. She slugged .528 with a .407 on-base clip against SEC opponents. Her 17 RBI tied for 10th most in the league while her 38 total bases finished 11th. She completed the regular season with 17 home runs with 46 RBI, slugging .714 on the season.

Mosley completed SEC play with five home runs and 14 RBI. The Elijay, Georgia native had the most hits of any Bulldog with 24. Her hit total in SEC games finished eighth in the conference, while her 14 runs scored tied for 10th. Her 41 total bases, which led Georgia, finished seventh. On the season, she knocked 16 home runs and led the team with 57 RBI.

Goodnight was Georgia’s top hitter in SEC play, recording a .379 batting average while leading the squad with a .446 on-base percentage and 16 runs scored. Her batting average finished fourth, on-base finished eighth, runs scored seventh, and five stolen bases eighth. Goodnight, who hails from Dacula, Georgia, was Georgia’s top hitter on the season, batting .352. She accumulated 12 stolen bases. 

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