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    Sasser Earns National and SEC Player of the Week Honors   Georgia Sports Communications/For Immediate Release/May 7, 2018   ATHENS-----Georgia junior first baseman Adam Sasser has been named Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Week as well as the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, it was announced Monday.   A 6-4, 245-pound native of Evans, Ga., Sasser batted .538 (7-for-13) with four home runs and 10 RBI to lead Georgia to a three-game SEC road sweep of Missouri. He tied a school record with three home runs in one game in Georgia’s 10-6 win on Thursday. On Saturday, he belted his fourth home that capped a 10-pitch at bat in the team’s 7-1 victory.   Sasser leads the team with a .343 batting average, ranks second on the club with eight home runs and third in RBI with 39. He is Georgia’s leading hitter in SEC action at .381-5-24. He has played in 46 games with 39 starts at first base.   The Bulldogs (33-14) own a No. 4 RPI (Rating Percentage Index) according to the NCAA and are a consensus top 20 ranked team. They are ranked as high as No. 9 in Collegiate Baseball’s weekly top 30. Up next, Georgia faces Georgia TechTuesday in the 16th annual Farmview Spring Classic For Kids at SunTrust Park, a benefit for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Tickets and parking can be purchased through Ticketmaster at this link: http://gado.gs/919 First pitch will be at 7:02 p.m. and be televised by the SEC Network and available via the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.   
  • ATHENS-----Due to the threat of inclement weather Sunday, 18th-ranked Georgia and 11th-ranked Kentucky will conclude an SEC baseball series here Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. There is no change to game one of the series on Friday. The Bulldogs (24-9, 8-4 SEC) play host to the Wildcats (23-10, 5-7 SEC) starting Friday at 7 p.m., and the game will be available on SEC Network+ and the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG. Saturday’s action will feature a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. The first game of the day will be streamed online as a simulcast with Jeff Dantzler and David Johnston on the broadcast, and it will be available on SEC Network+ and the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG. The final game of the series will begin no earlier than 7 p.m. Saturday and be televised on the SEC Network with Dave Neal and Ben McDonald calling the action plus be available on the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG. A Saturday ticket is good for both games of the doubleheader. Fans holding tickets for the Sunday game may exchange those for general admission tickets to any remaining home baseball game during the 2018 season, pending availability.   The Kentucky series will feature an array of promotions including Friday’s Georgia Baseball 1990 replica hat giveaway to the first 1,000 fans and Saturday’s Georgia Baseball Lanyard giveaway to the first 1,000 fans. However with no game Sunday, the next chance for kids to participate in the Anthem Buddies, Run the Bases, Play Catch in the Outfield and get post-game Autographs will be the April 29th against Tennessee at Foley Field.
  • ATHENS---- The 18th-ranked Georgia baseball team will face eighth-ranked Clemson Tuesday at SRP Park, the new home of the Augusta Green Jackets in North Augusta, S.C. First pitch will be at 6:30 p.m. and be available on the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG. There is no television for this contest.   Georgia’s Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin has the Bulldogs off to their best start in nine years. After 32 games, the Bulldogs mark of 23-9 is the best since the 2009 club roared out a 26-6 start. Georgia is ranked as high as No. 10 this week in the top 25 polls while Clemson (25-7) checks in as high as No. 3. In the latest NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), the Tigers are No. 5 while the Bulldogs are No. 8. Clemson gave up its home game to play at SRP Park, and it will be the home team. The two squads will meet again next Tuesday in Athens at Foley Field.   Georgia will start sophomore right-hander Tony Locey (6-0, 3.07 ERA) while the Tigers counter with freshman right-hander Spencer Strider (3-0, 4.12 ERA). Last Tuesday against Georgia Tech, Locey was on a pitch count and tossed two innings before giving way to the bullpen including junior Kevin Smith who picked up a win in a combined four-hit shutout. Smith struck out a career-high nine in 4.1 innings. This past weekend, the Bulldogs dropped their first SEC series of the year, going 1-2 at No. 15 Vanderbilt. Meanwhile, the Tigers won a road series over Notre Dame 2-1.   Locey is no stranger to pitching in professional ballparks. Last year, he pitched one scoreless inning of relief at SunTrust Park (home of the Atlanta Braves) in the first game open to the public as Georgia faced Missouri on April 8. The game drew a crowd of 33,025, which was the second largest in college baseball history. Then on May 9, he started at SunTrust Park against Georgia Tech and tossed four scoreless innings in front of a crowd of 23,737. He got a no decision and Georgia went on to win 8-7 to sweep the season series.   The Tigers won both on-campus meetings against the Bulldogs the past two years. Last season, they registered a 4-0 win in Athens and a 9-7 victory in Clemson. Georgia’s last win over the Tigers came when it swept the two-game set in 2015.   Georgia is batting .287 with a 3.54 ERA and a .978 fielding percentage. Clemson is hitting .248 with a 3.14 ERA and a .976 fielding percentage. The Bulldogs look to have their leading hitter, senior Keegan McGovern (.364-10-31) return for this weekend’s SEC series with No. 11 Kentucky (22-10, 5-7 SEC), according to Strickin. He left last Friday’s game at No. 15 Vanderbilt after tweaking his back. McGovern is one of four Bulldog regulars hitting at least .300 along with junior designated hitter Michael Curry (.339-6-33), junior first baseman Adam Sasser (.318-2-23) and redshirt freshman catcher Mason Meadows (.314-2-16).   Georgia returns to Foley Field Friday when it starts an SEC series against the nationally ranked Wildcats.   Pitching Matchups: UGA vs. Clemson Tues. at 6:30 pm ET: Tony Locey (6-0, 3.07 ERA), RHP, So. vs. Spencer Strider (3-0, 4.12 ERA), RHP, Fr.    Television/Radio TV: None Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College (David Johnston & Jeff Dantzler) Stations: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings), also via the Georgia Bulldogs app and TuneIn app.  
  • ATHENS, Ga. – Four Bulldog pitchers combined to propel the No. 17 Georgia baseball team past Georgia Tech, 4-0, Tuesday evening in front of a season-high, sold out crowd of 3,730 at Foley Field.   For the fourth time in the past six games, the Bulldogs (22-7) have held their opponent scoreless. In total, it marks the sixth shutout of the season – the most since the 2006 Georgia team that advanced to the College World Series and tallied eight shutouts.   The feat almost didn’t fester as the Yellow Jackets (17-12) appeared to take an early 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly in the first inning, but a video review eradicated the play. The play was overturned; proving Tucker Bradley’s throw from right field paired with Mason Meadows’ tag beat the runner’s hand on the plate thus ending the inning.   From that point forward, the game entered into a pitchers’ duel featuring Georgia Tech’s starter Brant Hurter and Georgia’s duo of starter Tony Locey and then reliever Kevin Smith.   Through six innings, Hurter (2-2) yielded five hits and one run, while the Bulldog twosome kept the Yellow Jackets to just three hits. Locey struck out four of the seven batters he faced in two innings, while Smith (4-1) followed with a career-high nine strikeouts over 4.1 innings.    Hurter settled back in after giving up one fourth-inning run, however the Bulldogs chased him out of the game in the seventh. In a display of small ball, the Bulldogs produced three runs on five singles.   After a leadoff single by LJ Talley, Meadows offered himself up on a potential sacrifice bunt, but the Georgia Tech catcher unsuccessfully tried for Talley at second. Next, streaking down the line and safe was Tucker Maxwell on a bunt to load the bases. Hurter induced a fielder’s choice at home to get the leadoff runner, before exiting.   Upon the pitching change, consecutive run-scoring singles followed from Aaron Schunk, Keegan McGovern and Michael Curry, extending the Georgia lead to 4-0.   With the lead, Zac Kristofak and Aaron Schunk closed out the game on the mound to secure the shutout of game one of the Georgia Tech series. The second game is scheduled for April 24 on the Georgia Tech campus, while the final game will be at SunTrust Park on May 8.   Dawg Tracks- In the first inning, Keegan McGovern and Michael Curry both extended their streak of reaching base safely to 19 games. Additionally, Mason Meadows’ RBI single in the fourth extended the catcher’s on-base streak to 13 straight games. -Georgia starter Tony Locey threw two scoreless innings and struck out four of the seven batters faced to start the staff night. Locey has now gone 13.1 straight innings without giving up a run, dating back to March 13 vs. Kennesaw State. -Following Locey, Kevin Smith pitched 4.1 scoreless innings, striking out a career-high nine batters. The nine sent down tied for the most this season by a Bulldog (Chase Atkins vs. Toledo; 3/9/18) -Georgia has nine more wins than it had last year on April 3.  Coach's CornerIke Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin On the overall performance... 'I thought we pitched really well, and we got those big hits in the seventh inning to expand that lead. The middle of the order got it done – Schunk, McGovern and Curry came up with some big hits. The bottom line, we relied on our pitching staff today. Locey gave us a good start with two innings, and then Kevin Smith was lights out. Nine strikeouts, four and a third. Then, Kristofak and Schunk shut it down.'   On the sellout crowd... 'It was great. There were no seats; we were overflowed. That's what we want. The biggest thing for me is we played really well and got a win, and they'll come back. So we got people excited, and we're excited about the way we're playing, so we hope they keep coming back.' Player's PerspectiveJunior LHP #15 Kevin Smith On his approach on the mound... 'I felt really good. All three pitches were working, so I had a little more back than usual today.'   On the pitching staff's confidence level... 'Our offense is really good. Their pitcher is really good for them, but [the offense] knows we can hold them to minimal runs.'   On the sellout crowd... 'It's good. If we keep winning, the fans come. It's fun to watch. We're playing well right now; it's really fun.' Next UpGeorgia return to the road and to the Southeastern Conference schedule this weekend with a three-game series against No. 16 Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. The series opener is slotted for Thursday, April 5th at 7 p.m. and it will be aired on ESPNU.
  • ATHENS----Georgia faces another stern test when it plays host to No. 15 Texas A&M in a Southeastern Conference showdown starting Thursday. First pitch will be at 5:02 p.m. The entire series will be televised on SEC Network+ and be available on the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.   The Bulldogs (19-6, 5-1 SEC) are riding a seven-game winning streak and are 12-1 over their past 13 games. Georgia is 14-1 at home this season while the Aggies are 5-3 on the road. After two weekends of league play, Georgia and Vanderbilt (17-8, 5-1 SEC) are co-leaders in the SEC with a 5-1 SEC mark. Dating back to last season, the Bulldogs have won five straight SEC series with the most recent one a sweep of South Carolina. It marked Georgia’s fifth straight series win over the Gamecocks and first sweep of them since 2008. Also, it was Georgia’s first SEC sweep since 2015 (at Tennessee) and first SEC home sweep since 2012 (Auburn). At 5-1 in the SEC, this is Georgia’s best start since 2002 when it began 7-2. Currently, Arkansas (17-7, 4-2 SEC) and Ole Miss (22-3, 4-2 SEC) share the lead in the Western Division.   The Aggies (20-6, 2-4 SEC) own one of the nation’s top pitching staffs, and they enter the series with a 2.60 ERA and holding opponents to a .223 batting average. Texas A&M opened the SEC slate by dropping a road series to then No. 14 Auburn (2-1) and then lost a home series to then No. 5 Ole Miss (2-1).   Georgia and Texas A&M did not meet until the Aggies joined the SEC, and the Bulldogs served as their first league opponent in 2013. That year, the Aggies swept the Bulldogs in College Station (4-1, 2-1{10} and 11-4). In 2014, Georgia claimed the series 2-1 in Athens, winning 3-2, 6-1 and then dropped the finalé 9-5. The last series came in 2016 back in College Station, and the Aggies posted another sweep, outscoring the Bulldogs 30-3. Thus, Texas A&M leads the series 7-2. In SEC action this year, Georgia is batting .282 with a 3.90 ERA and a .983 Fielding Percentage. The Aggies in SEC play are hitting .250 with a 4.50 ERA and a .957 Fielding Percentage. Both teams are employing their same rotation as last week even with the series moved up a day to Thursday-Saturday due to Easter.   Offensively, Georgia has been led by senior outfielder Keegan McGovern (.378-10-30), sophomore third baseman/pitcher Aaron Schunk (.306-0-16; 1-0, 0.77 ERA, 2 SV, 11.2 IP, 1BB, 16K), junior designated hitter Michael Curry (.347-5-28) and junior first baseman Adam Sasser (.333-2-19). Curry has an 11-game hitting streak. McGovern ranks among the top 10 in the SEC in numerous offensive categories including second in home runs. Schunk had a career-best 16 game-hitting streak end during the USC series but did register his first two career saves.   The Bulldogs appear in two of the four national top 25 polls this week, checking in at No. 23 in Collegiate Baseball’s Top 30 and No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Georgia is not in the top 25 polls of Baseball America or D1Baseball.   Pitching Matchups: UGA vs. Texas A&M Thursday: Chase Adkins (2-0, 4.34), RHP, Sr. Vs. Stephen Kolek (3-2, 1.70), RHP, Jr. Friday: Emerson Hancock (3-1, 3.60), RHP, Fr. Vs. John Doxakis (4-0, 1.59), LHP, So. Saturday: Ryan Webb (1-1, 2.88), LHP, Fr. Vs. Mitchell Kilkenny (5-0, 1.86), RHP, Jr.   Television/Radio TV: SEC Network+ (Matt Stewart & Jason Jacobs) Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College (David Johnston & Jeff Dantzler) Stations: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings), also via the Georgia Bulldogs app and TuneIn app.   Additional Coverage on Twitter: @BaseballUGA    Tickets/Promotions/Reminder Clear Bag Policy -Foley Field – Gates/Ticket Booth open 2 hours before first pitch. -Reserved Seat Tickets: $8; General Admission Tickets: $5 -Order online or by calling 1-877-542-1231 -UGA Student Tickets: Free Admission with valid UGA Student ID Card -UGA Student Gate is located off Rutherford Street   Promotions Thursday: Utz is giving away 1,000 bags of chips Friday: The first 1,000 fans receive a Georgia Baseball mini-bat Saturday: Anthem Buddies: Kids can stand on the field with the Bulldogs during the national anthem Saturday Postgame: Kids Run The Bases, Play Catch In The Outfield   Foley Field Follows SEC’s Clear Bag Policy In order to enhance safety and expedite fan entry at Georgia athletic events, UGA follows the SEC’s Clear Bag Policy at Foley Field and all other athletic facilities. Only one clear bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches (gallon size) per person is permitted. Fans are also allowed a small clutch purse not exceeding 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Also, Seat cushions/backs should be no bigger than 16 inches and have no arms or pockets.  
  • ATHENS-----Due to the threat of inclement weather, Georgia and Texas A&M will begin their series here Thursday at 5 p.m. There is no change to Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (2 p.m.) game times. The entire SEC series with the15th-ranked Aggies at Foley Field will be available on the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG and streamed on SEC Network+.  Georgia, ranked as high as No. 23 this week, owns a 19-6 (5-1 SEC) mark while Texas A&M is 20-6 (2-4 SEC).
  • ATHENS----Georgia continues a season-long eight-game home stand at Foley Field Tuesday when it plays host to Charleston Southern. First pitch will be at 6:02 p.m. The game will be televised on SEC Network+ and be available on the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.   After two weekends of league play, Georgia (18-6, 5-1 SEC) and Vanderbilt (17-7, 5-1 SEC) are co-leaders in the SEC with a 5-1 league mark. Dating back to last season, the Bulldogs have won five straight SEC series with the most recent one a sweep of South Carolina. It marked Georgia’s fifth straight series win over the Gamecocks and first sweep of them since 2008. Also, it was Georgia’s first SEC sweep since 2015 (at Tennessee) and first SEC home sweep since 2012 (Auburn). At 5-1 in the SEC, this is Georgia’s best start since 2002 when it began 5-1. Currently, Arkansas (17-7, 4-2 SEC) and Ole Miss (22-3, 4-2 SEC) share the lead in the Western Division.   After facing Charleston Southern (8-17), Georgia welcomes 15th-ranked Texas A&M (19-6, 2-4 SEC) to Foley Field starting Thursday. The Bucs upset Georgia 5-4 in Charleston earlier this season when the Bulldogs allowed four unearned runs in the ninth. Since then, Georgia is 11-1 and the lone loss came in 13 innings at Alabama 10-9. In records dating back to 1950, Georgia leads the series with CSU 9-1. The Bucs lone win came in the last meeting earlier this season, a 5-4 upset on March 5. Since then, CSU has gone 2-10 while the Bulldogs have gone 11-1.    Sophomore Tony Locey (4-0, 4.12 ERA) will start as part of a staff night for Georgia Tuesday. Neither of the projected starters for Tuesday’s game pitched in the first meeting this year. CSU has visited Athens five previous seasons, the most recent came in 2016 when the Bulldogs won a pair of games.   The Bulldogs entered two of the four national top 25 polls this week, checking in at No. 23 in Collegiate Baseball’s Top 30 and No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Georgia is not in the top 25 polls of Baseball America or D1Baseball. The Bulldogs are averaging 7.8 runs a game while batting .294 with a 3.69 ERA and a .975 FLDG%.   Offensively, Georgia has been led by senior outfielder Keegan McGovern (.379-10-29), sophomore third baseman/pitcher Aaron Schunk (.319-0-15; 1-0, 0.77 ERA, 2 SV, 11.2 IP, 16K), junior designated hitter Michael Curry (.352-4-26) and junior first baseman Adam Sasser (.351-2-19). Curry has a 10-game hitting streak while Sasser’s is at nine games. McGovern ranks among the top 10 in the SEC in numerous offensive categories including second in home runs. Schunk had a career-best 16 game-hitting streak end during the USC series but did register his first two career saves. Sophomore Cam Shepherd is batting just .250 but has 23 RBI and 21 walks. Redshirt freshman catcher Mason Meadows (.327-2-14) started all three games of the USC series and hit .368-1-5. Junior second baseman LJ Talley is hitting a team-best .381-1-5 in SEC action. Pitcher Ryan Webb (1-1, 2.88 ERA) earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors the league announced Monday as he was part of a combined four-hit shutout of USC to cap a series sweep.   Pitching Matchups: UGA vs. CSU Tuesday at 6:02 pm: *Tony Locey (4-0, 4.12), RHP, So. vs. Jaret Bennett (0-2, 9.18), LHP, So. *Staff night for Georgia so Locey only going a few innings    Television/Radio TV: SEC Network+ (Matt Stewart & Jason Jacobs) Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College (David Johnston & Jeff Dantzler) Stations: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings), also via the Georgia Bulldogs app and TuneIn app.   Additional Coverage on Twitter: @BaseballUGA    Tickets/Promotions/Reminder Clear Bag Policy -Foley Field – Gates/Ticket Booth open 2 hours before first pitch. -Reserved Seat Tickets: $8; General Admission Tickets: $5 -Order online or by calling 1-877-542-1231 -UGA Student Tickets: Free Admission with valid UGA Student ID Card -UGA Student Gate is located off Rutherford Street   Foley Field Follows SEC’s Clear Bag Policy In order to enhance safety and expedite fan entry at Georgia athletic events, UGA follows the SEC’s Clear Bag Policy at Foley Field and all other athletic facilities. Only one clear bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches (gallon size) per person is permitted. Fans are also allowed a small clutch purse not exceeding 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Also, Seat cushions/backs should be no bigger than 16 inches and have no arms or pockets.
  • ATHENS, Ga.--- On a cold, windy day that proved to be tough hitting conditions it was the Georgia Bulldog pitching staff who led the way combining on a four-hit shutout of South Carolina completing the series sweep by a final of 3-0. The Georgia Bulldogs (18-6, 5-1) are off to their best six-game start in SEC play since 2002.   For the second consecutive day, the Bulldogs were led by tremendous starting pitching from a freshman. Lefty Ryan Webb shutout the Gamecock lineup, striking out a career high seven batters and allowing just two hits in six innings of work.   Hits were at a premium as both teams combined for just seven knocks. The Bulldogs used small ball and capitalized on Gamecock miscues to break the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth. After a Keegan McGovern leadoff walk and wild pitch off of Gamecock starter Ridge Chapman, Michael Curry drove McGovern in from second with an RBI double down the left field line. Cam Shepherd followed with a groundout to the right side and Adam Sasser followed him with a sacrifice fly to right field giving the Bulldogs a narrow 2-0 lead.   Sasser once again provided the Bulldog offense with a spark in the seventh lacing a leadoff double down the right field line. A perfect sacrifice bunt by LJ Talley and a sacrifice fly to right field by catcher Mason Meadows gave Georgia an insurance run heading into the final two frames.   Relievers Kevin Smith and Aaron Schunk were both efficient out of the bullpen. Smith pitched a scoreless seventh inning and Schunk picked up a six out save preserving the Bulldogs third shutout win of the season.   Dawg Tracks -Ryan Webb went six innings striking out seven men, both career highs. -Adam Sasser’s seventh inning double extended his hitting streak to nine games. -The Bulldogs shutout against the Gamecocks was the first shutout of South Carolina since 2008 -Georgia picked up it’s first SEC sweep since 2015 at Tennessee and first home SEC sweep since 2012 against Auburn. -With a scoreless eighth and ninth inning Aaron Schunk earned his second save of the season.   Coaches Corner Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin On the pitchers duel…   “It was a tough day on the hitters. We kind of knew that coming in. It was going to be cold and wet. Tough hitting background today. I thought both pitchers competed and Ryan Webb gave us just what we needed. Before we took him out of the game, I told him we hoped to get six strong innings out of him, and to have six zeros on the board for him was outstanding. I thought he got a little bit tired. It was a close decision to leave him out there for the seventh, but we made the decision to let Kevin Smith and Aaron Schunk finish it out. Webb was outstanding today, that was his first career win, and it was big for us.”   On the bullpen… “When we made the decision to put Ryan Webb in the rotation, the flip side of that was moving Kevin Smith to the backside of the bullpen. He factored into all three games this weekend. I give him a lot of credit, because he could of said he didn’t feel like pitching today since he pitched on Friday and Saturday, but he walked into the park today and said he was ready to pitch. He was in the training room early to get treatment. He is a team guy and he wanted to be on the mound. That was a huge inning to put up a zero. Then Aaron Schunk came in and is reliable. He just throws strikes-strikes-strikes.'   Player’s Perspective Freshman Ryan Webb On the sweep… “It’s big. I don’t think we’ve had a sweep in a SEC series in a long time. That was a great team that we just beat, and I think it just shows the hard work that we have put in, and how far we have come as a team.”   On what was working… “My curveball and change-up were great. My fastball was probably the best that it has been all season. I could locate it in-and-out all-day. I just tried to keep them off balance as much as possible.”   Next Up The Bulldogs will look to build on their six game winning streak on Tuesday when the Bulldogs host the Charleston Southern Buccaneers with first pitch at 6pm.  
  • ATHENS-----Due to the threat of inclement weather Sunday, Georgia and Toledo will conclude their series with a doubleheader Saturday starting at Noon. The final game of the series will follow 45 minutes after the conclusion of the first contest.   The series opener with the Rockets at Foley Field is on schedule for a 6 p.m. start today. All three games of the series will be nine-inning affairs. Tickets for Saturday’s game will be valid for the doubleheader. Fans with tickets for the game that was scheduled for Sunday, March 11 may exchange those for general admission tickets to any remaining home baseball game during the 2018 season, pending availability.   The entire Toledo series will be available on the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG and streamed on SEC Network+. Georgia is 8-5 on the year while Toledo is 3-8.
  • Charleston Southern scored four unearned runs in the ninth to rally past Georgia 5-4 Monday at CSU Ballpark.   The Buccaneers (6-7) outburst was capped by a bases-loaded hit by pitch that provided the margin of victory as the Bulldogs dropped to 7-5. Georgia carried a 4-0 lead to the eighth inning, but a combination of errors and walks by the Bulldogs coupled with timely hitting by CSU ignited the comeback.   The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the second. Junior Michael Curry led off with a base hit and sophomore Aaron Schunk was hit by a pitch. Freshman Ivan Johnson put down his first career sacrifice bunt to move both into scoring position. Then, junior Adam Sasser lined a two-run single up the middle for the early advantage. In the fifth, freshman C.J. Smith led off with a walk and eventually scored on a groundout by sophomore Cam Shepherd to make it 3-0. Sasser made it a three-RBI night when he blasted his first home run of the year with two outs in the sixth.   Sophomore Tim Elliott started for the Bulldogs and went 3.2 innings before senior Blake Cairnes came on with two on and two out and got Georgia out of the jam. He provided 3.1 scoreless innings and then Zac Kristofak took care of the eighth but not before the Bucs managed to push across their first run, which was also unearned. In the eighth, the Bucs loaded the bases to start the frame on a pair of hits and a Bulldog miscue. However, Kristofak limited the damage to just one run via a sacrifice fly to protect the lead.   In the bottom of the ninth, Georgia sophomore Will Proctor came on and the first batter reached on an error by Johnson, one of four by the Bulldogs on the night. Then, the Bucs got to the top of the order and Kyle Vesnesky reached on a base hit. Proctor came back to strike out Derek Horton for the first out. Mike Sconzo made it 4-2 with an RBI-single. Pinch-runner Adam Andrew looked to be picked off but stayed in a rundown and ultimately made it safely to second base. Cleanup hitter Jason Miller worked a walk to load the bases. At that point,  Georgia turned to Adam Goodman. He got Aaron Miller to bounce into a fielder’s choice as the Bulldog registered the second out but Vesnesky scored to make it 4-3. After pinch-hitter Ryan Stoudemire drew a walk to load the bases, Ryan Rizk tied the game with an RBI-single. Then Goodman hit Cole German with a pitch, allowing the winning run to score as Georgia dropped its fourth straight on this Charleston trip. Cody Smith pitched two scoreless innings for the win while Proctor dropped to 2-2.   Dawg Tracks  -Junior Adam Sasser (2-for-4, 3 RBI) gave Georgia a 2-0 lead with a two-run single in the second inning and then made it 4-0 in the sixth with his first home run of the year, a solo shot for his third RBI, tying his career high. -Sophomore Aaron Schunk (2-for-3) extended his hitting streak to seven games with a leadoff single in the fourth inning.   Next Up  The Bulldogs conclude their five-game trip in Charleston against The Citadel on Tuesday at 4 p.m.