ATHENS-----The seventh-ranked Georgia Bulldogs won their seventh straight Sunday at Foley Field, completing a sweep of Gardner-Webb by a score of 17-3.
Georgia (7-1) hit four home runs including two by junior Garrett Blaylock (2-6, 6 RBI) as part of a 19-hit attack. Junior Connor Tate became the first Bulldog to go 5-for-5 in a game since John Cable in 2019 as he drove in five runs to highlight the outburst.
Blaylock made it 2-0 in the second with a two-run home run. Gardner-Webb cut the deficit in half with a solo shot from Mitch McClendon in the third. Georgia answered in its half of the third, getting a leadoff double from Josh McAllister, a one-out RBI-double by Buddy Floyd and a two-out run-scoring single from Tate for a 4-1 edge. McAllister led off the bottom of the fifth with a blast to the parking lot in left field for his second home run in as many days to make it 5-2. Later in the frame, Tate picked up his third hit of the day, a two-run single for a 7-2 advantage. Chaney Rogers’ solo home run to start the bottom of the sixth made it 8-2. Tate’s fourth hit of the afternoon resulted in his fourth RBI for a 9-2 lead in the sixth. Then, Blaylock made it 12-3 with a three-run home run. Georgia added four more runs in the seventh and one in the eighth for the final.
Georgia freshman left-hander Jaden Woods started and went four innings, allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts as a total of five pitchers saw action Sunday for the Bulldogs. Georgia looked to freshman Liam Sullivan to start the fifth, and he would register five strikeouts over two innings for his first career win. Gardner-Webb starter Casey Young got the loss to fall to 0-1, allowing four runs on five hits in 2.2 innings.
Georgia returns to action Tuesday when it hits the road to Kennesaw State. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.
Bulldog Postgame Comments
Liam Sullivan, LHP, Fr.
On getting opportunities early in the season...
“I think it’s definitely very important. It’s nice to get out there and get exposure and get experience from these games. It’s to get those first game jitters out of the way, just get out there and pitch. I think it’s really helped all of our freshmen staff. Everyone has done really well; it’s been really good.”
Georgia’s Ike Cousins Head Coach Scott Stricklin
On Jaden Woods start...
“I thought he was really good early up to 94, mostly 91, 92 touched a couple three’s and saw a four up there. The arm strength, the weather is heating up a little bit you’re starting to see the arm get a little looser but threw a couple good breaking balls and that is something he is still working on. Once that comes together and he gets a true three-pitch-mix because he’s got a very good changeup he is going to be very, very good. It’s great to see him go out there but also not a bad thing to struggle a little bit because they have to fight their way out of it. When we get in the league, it’s not going to be easy so nothing wrong with having a little bit of adversity. We want everything to go smooth but having some guys on base maybe not making a play behind you or walking a guy, that can be good for these freshmen and help them grow up.”
On relying on the bullpen, young team and filling holes...
“I think it is a little bit of both, we are bringing the guys along a little slower this year, we are trying to build them up and not throw them out there for a hundred pitches this early it’s still week two. Ryan Webb was obviously on a pitch count yesterday, because he is coming back but he’ll be a little higher next week. C.J. Smith is now going to be able to go 95 to 100 pitches if we need him to do that, he could have gone one more yesterday we pulled him just for pitch count purposes. But to answer your second part of the question, yeah it is kind of a function of how many guys we’ve got, we want to make sure we get them out there and get them experience those eight freshmen who have thrown for us. It is valuable for them to go in there in games, no matter what the score is, to go out there and get to compete. They get that adrenaline and try and get themselves out of jams.”