The Diamond Dogs came into Sunday afternoon’s outing against the Eagles looking for the sweep of winless Winthrop. Georgia carded the victory in a game in which winning pitcher Taylor Hicks delivered six scoreless stanzas in a two-hit, six-strikeout performance on the mound.
The Red and Black took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third canto on three straight two-out singles off of the bats of right fielder Peter Verdin, second baseman Levi Hyams, and shortstop Kyle Farmer. That was all the scoring the Bulldogs required, but the home team added to its advantage in the sixth frame.
Left fielder Hunter Cole led off the inning with a solo shot to left field, and his teammates generated another run with a one-out single by first baseman Colby May, a walk drawn by center fielder Conor Welton, and a two-out base hit by third baseman Curt Powell.
Alone among Diamond Dogs, Powell managed multiple hits, going two for two with a pair of walks. However, among position players who entered the game other than as pinch hitters, only catcher Brandon Stephens was held hitless on the day.
Between Hicks and relievers Blake Dieterich and Ross Ripple, the Georgia pitching staff conceded one base on balls, permitted one extra-base hit, and did not hit an opposing batter. Although the Eagles had runners on second and third with one out away in the top of the ninth frame, the batters representing the would-be tying run popped out and grounded out, respectively, to end Winthrop’s chances of ousting the Classic City Canines from the roster of the NCAA’s unbeaten teams.