Monday, February 27, 2012

College baseball roundup: Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama win; Auburn loses

ATHENS, Ga. -- Freshman Hunter Cole went 4-for-5 and had two RBIs to lead ninth-ranked Georgia past Winthrop 13-5 Friday at Foley Field.

Eight of Georgia?s 16 hits on the night went for extra bases as the Bulldogs remained undefeated at 5-0 while the Eagles dropped to 0-5. Georgia sophomore pitcher Alex Wood went six innings for the win to move his record to 2-0.

The Bulldogs took an early lead in the first, when junior shortstop Kyle Farmer hit a double to drive in senior outfielder Peter Verdin for the first run of the game. Farmer also scored in the first, bringing the score to 2-0. Georgia scored again in the third when Cole was credited with an RBI-double in the third to make it 3-0. There was some discussion among Georgia coach David Perno and the umpiring crew if the ball cleared the fence and bounced off the television stand and back in to play. However, the ball was ruled an RBI-double.

After being blanked through the first four frames, the Eagles grabbed a 4-3 lead in the fifth. However, the Bulldogs responded with a four-run outburst of their own. Wood came back to pitch a perfect sixth inning before a trio of relievers preserved the win.

Verdin, Cole, Levi Hyams and Brett DeLoach all scored off of a total of five hits in Georgia?s big inning. Georgia increased its lead, 8-4, in the seventh inning when DeLoach was driven in on a single by senior Colby May.

In the eighth, Hyams blasted a run-scoring triple to right field to bring in Farmer. Moments later, DeLoach made it 10-4 when he brought in Hyams on a single. DeLoach went 3-for-5 with two RBIs while Hyams went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Winthrop added a run in the ninth off freshman Luke Crumley.

The Bulldogs return to action Saturday at 1 p.m. for the second game of the series with the Eagles


ATLANTA -- Junior right-hander Buck Farmer fanned a career-high 13 batters and the offense pounded out 15 hits as No. 10 Georgia Tech rolled past Ohio State in the opener of a three-game series at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Sam Dove had three hits, while Chase Butler and Daniel Palka each homered for the Yellow Jackets (5-1), who led 9-1 after the fourth inning and never looked back in winning their fifth-straight game.

Farmer, who matched his previous career-high of nine strikeouts in Tech?s season-opener versus Kent State, racked up 13 punchouts and allowed just four runs on three hits to earn his first win of the season (1-1). The last Jacket with 13 strikeouts was Deck McGuire in the 2009 home-opener versus Lipscomb.

Ohio State (2-2) held a brief 1-0 lead in the second inning when Josh Dezse homered to lead off the frame.

It was the first of three solo shots for the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, who finished 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama won its first game of the season with a rout of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

The Crimson Tide were swept last weekend by Florida Atlantic.

Kenny Roberts led the Tide, going 2-for-4 with a double, triple, three RBIs and a pair of runs scored.

Taylor Guilbeau (1-1) pitched six scoreless innings to pick up his first career win.

Alabama will start right-hander Charley Sullivan in Game 2 of the series today at 3 p.m.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- Auburn surrendered a five-run second inning to No. 8 Arizona and lost at Hi Corbett Field.

The Tigers fell to 3-3 while Arizona improved to 4-1.

The teams will close out the series with a doubleheader today, beginning at 4 p.m.

Derek Varnadore (1-1), a former Chattahoochee Valley Community College standout, took the loss, allowing seven runs on 11 hits and a walk in six innings, striking out three. Kurt Heyer (2-0) got the win for Arizona, allowing just an unearned run in seven innings, scattering six hits and a walk while striking out four.

Auburn?s lone run came in the top of the second as Creede Simpson singled and scored from second on a throwing error by Arizona third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean on a Dan Glevenyak sacrifice bunt attempt. The leadoff single for Simpson extended his hitting streak to 10 games dating to last season. Jay Gonzalez finished the night 2-for-5, extending his hitting streak to six games with a fifth-inning single.


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