Baseball in Georgia defeated North Florida 7-4 on Sunday afternoon in the series finale in a three-game series at Foley Field. With the win, the Bulldogs won the series against the Ospreys and improved the record to 9-3. Here are some observations from The Red & Black:
In a come-from-behind effort, Georgia won its third game by a stroke this season as senior Chaney Rogers hit a three-run home run over the right field wall to give Georgia a 7-4 victory.
“When you overcome adversity, you feel pretty good about adversity,” head coach Scott Stricklin said in a post-match virtual press conference. “It tears you up as a coach, you know, it’s nerve-wracking, it’s tough. And you put your kids out there, prepare them and hope they perform. ”
For the second day in a row, Georgia scored two races in the seventh round against North Florida. This time Georgia went into the round 4-2, but equalized the match with two hits and one hit from the field.
Shane Marshall started the offense with a one-out triple and Riley King scored Marshall with a fieldman’s choice to make the score 4-3 with no on and two outs. Rogers was hit by a pitch and later scored with redshirt newcomer Kameron Guidry beating the match 4-4 with a double.
At the bottom of the ninth, first-year student Luke Wagner led the round with a single followed by a sacrificial bundle to move him to others. North Florida deliberately went for Garrett Blaylock before Rogers ended the game with his second home run of the season.
Georgia ended the day by throwing nine trips, one season high. The Bulldogs used six boxes over nine innings, also a season high.
“I think when you go some guys, you either get reinforced or something in the delivery is out,” said freshman Hank Bearden. “So, I’m glad to see all the pitchers today come in the form of settling down and just a few outs.”
Jaden Woods finished with four trips, a career high, and hit a butter. Of the five base runners, two of them came in to score in Woods’ three earned races of the day. Woods ended the day with seven strikes across his 5 2/3 innings, both career highs for the freshman.
In the seventh round, with redshirt sophomore Ben Harris on the mound, North Florida put a run to the lead. Harris started the inning with a leadoff turn, and then a wild pitch moved the runner to second base. Stricklin chose to intentionally go Kachler to put runners on first and second with two outs.
Harris met senior Tanner Clark to load the bases. HBP ended Harris’ day with Stricklin who went to sophomore Michael Polk in relief. Polk went the first hit he faced to give North Florida a 4-2 lead in the seventh round.
In the sixth round, Georgia loaded the bases without outs to get North Florida starting pitcher Tony Roca out of the game. Roca ended the day with a well-earned race over five laps with six strikes and a walk.
With the bases loaded, King struck out a double play, but picked up Georgia’s second run of the game. Connor Tate struck out swinging to end the inning with King at first and the Bulldogs behind 3-2.
Georgia ended the day and stranded three runners at the base. One of them was in scoring position when Guidry was left at second base to finish seventh.
“We have a short memory. We know we are all capable of making things happen in the lineup, ”said Guidry. “So, I mean, we got the race there. It could have been better, could have been worse. So we just knew we had to get out. We had many more rounds to play and finish the game strongly. ”