In the course of the day, we here at Dawg Sports have brought you up to speed on Sunday’s showdowns in men’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, women’s basketball, women’s equestrian, and "The World’s Largest Outdoor Tartan Party." However, there is still more Georgia sports news to report, and I am bringing you my portion of it in the Sunday sports summary; viz.:
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After winning comfortably on Friday and coming back in the ninth inning on Saturday, the Diamond Dogs completed the sweep with an 11-0 rout of Presbyterian on Sunday. Winning pitcher Taylor Hicks went four frames in his redshirt freshman debut, conceding two hits and one walk to the 15 batters he faced, and the Red and Black profited from solid days at the plate by infielders Levi Hyams (3 for 4, 2 RBI) and Colby May (2 for 3, 2 RIWWB).
Georgia jumped on the Blue Stockings early, as the bottom of the opening inning began with right fielder Peter Verdin being hit by a pitch. Center fielder Conor Welton followed that up with a base hit, after which a two-out Hyams double plated a pair. Singles by May and designated hitter Brett DeLoach, coupled with a Presbyterian error, brought in two more to make it a 4-0 game. The Classic City Canines would not need any additional runs, but the barrage continued in the second stanza when third baseman Curt Powell led off with a double and his teammates brought him the rest of the way around on a pair of groundouts.
Two additional runs came home in the third canto, which got underway with a leadoff walk by Hyams. A wild pitch and a May single pushed him across the plate, and another run was tacked on due to the combination of a hit batsman, a baserunner-advancing sacrifice, and a flyout to right field. A double, a single, and a passed ball together accounted for an unearned run with two outs down in the fourth frame.
Despite a rain delay, three straight one-out singles in the bottom of the seventh stanza brought home one run, then a walk and another base hit tacked on two more. Hicks was one of three freshmen who took the hill for the Athenians on a day that had been planned as a staff outing. Blue Hose hurler Steven Richardson was literally knocked from the game by shortstop Kyle Farmer, whose first-inning line drive struck the visiting starter and forced a pitching change. The Diamond Dogs stranded nine in the course of the contest.
After opening the UCSB Shootout with a loss on Friday, the Lady Bulldogs claimed consecutive conquests over UCLA and Michigan on Saturday to regain momentum heading into Sunday’s closing tournament tilt against Santa Clara. The first half was all Broncos on a beautiful morning in the Golden State, as the Californians leapt out to a 5-0 lead en route to a 9-1 advantage at intermission.
Georgia won the second-half draw and began mounting a comeback from a nine-goal deficit, improbably tying the contest at 11 with 40 seconds remaining in regulation. Santa Clara scored first in overtime, but midfielder Lisa “Avatar” Riondet knotted the score anew. The Broncos led, 13-12, at the end of the first three-minute extra period, and goalie Emily Seidel registered a save to keep the Bulldogs within striking distance after Santa Clara won the draw to start the second overtime. Unfortunately, another Georgia goal was not forthcoming, so the Classic City Canines’ second-half surge fell one goal short.
The Georgia men wrapped up their weekend stay in Tallahassee with a Sunday afternoon contest against Miami (Florida) to close out the Southern Shootout. The Bulldogs posted a shutout victory over the Hurricanes, building up a 6-0 lead at the end of three periods before closing strong to card a 12-0 triumph. The Red and Black male club, like its female counterpart, will host Florida at the Rec Complex in Athens next weekend.