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Trevor Kieboom named to SEC Community Service Team

From UGA Sports Communications

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –Georgia first baseman Trevor Kieboom has been named to the 2016 Southeastern Conference Community Service Team, the league announced Wednesday.  

Kieboom’s efforts including serving as a volunteer for “Home Runs For Hometown Rivals,” a fundraiser to benefit Athens-Clarke County Special Olympics that features a game at Foley Field between Special Olympic players. He has been a volunteer for Salvation Army activities, made elementary school visits including for a Halloween Party and Reading Days. During his career at UGA, Clemson and Chattahoochee Valley Community College, the redshirt junior from Marietta, Ga., has participated in Feed the Hungry projects during the holiday season at local churches, served on a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, various Special Olympic Community events and been a volunteer coach for Little League Baseball. Also of note, Kieboom has earned a degree in management from UGA.

The SEC Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to his community in superior service efforts. 

Georgia wraps up the regular season with a home series versus Tennessee.  The Bulldogs who are closing in on securing a spot in the SEC Tournament, battle the Vols on Thursday 7 p.m. ET at Foley Field.  Friday’s game is also slated for a 7 pmstart time, while the series finale will be held on Saturday at noon.

Tech outlasts UGA at Turner Field

From UGA Sports Communications

ATLANTA-----Senior Matt Gonzalez’s two-run home run lifted No. 22 Georgia Tech past Georgia 6-3 in 10 innings  Tuesday in front of a crowd of 19,286 at the 14th annual Spring Baseball Classic at Turner Field.

In the first, Bulldog senior Nick King reached on a leadoff single and made his way around the bases including stealing third and scoring on a two-out base hit by freshman Michael Curry. Tech jumped ahead 3-1 in the third, getting an RBI-single by Kel Johnson and a two-run double from Tristan English. In the fifth, Georgia made it a one-contest as Skyler Weber picked up an RBI on a groundout. Georgia had runners at second and third with nobody out in the frame thanks to a leadoff single by Kegan McGovern and a double off the left field wall by Mitchell Webb, but freshman Keyton Gibson pitched out of trouble. In the sixth, McGovern tied the game with a two-out RBI-single, scoring Curry who had led off the frame with a single and took second on an error by Gonzalez. 

The contest remained tied at 3-all until Gonzalez’ one-out shot in the 10th off sophomore Blake Cairnes. Then, Johnson followed with his 11th home run for the final. With the win, Tech improved to 34-18 while Georgia dropped to 26-27. Tech reliever Ben Parr pitched the final 3.2 innings for a win to move his record to 3-2. Cairnes fell to 0-1.

With Tuesday’s victory, Tech salvaged the final game of the series after Georgia had won the two on-campus meetings earlier this year, 3-1 in Atlanta and 13-5 in Athens. Georgia got another stellar relief outing from freshman Kevin Smith who tossed four scoreless innings to extend his streak to 11 shutout  frames. He had missed a month due to tendonitis.

“It’s a disappointing loss; they made a few more plays and pitches then we did and had some better at bats in key situations,” Georgia baseball coach Scott Stricklin said. “We have to turn the page and get ready for Tennessee now, and everything is still in front of us.”

Tuesday’s crowd was the largest at a college baseball game this season, eclipsing the previous best of 15,078 that watched Texas A&M beat Mississippi State 10-6 in Starkville on April 16.

The Bulldogs return to action Thursday for the final SEC series of the regular season as they face Tennessee. First pitch will be at 7:04 p.m. and be available on SEC Network+ and the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.

Dogs, Jackets to face off at Turner Field

Bulldogs take weekend series vs. Mizzou

From UGA Sports Communications

COLUMBIA, MO.-----Georgia defeated Missouri 5-2 Sunday to win an SEC road series at Taylor Stadium.

Freshman catcher Michael Curry continued his recent power surge, smashing his fifth home run in the last week including third of the series, to put Georgia in front 1-0 in the fourth inning. It was his team-leading 11th home run, one behind the SEC leaders entering Sunday (J.B. Woodman, Ole Miss and JaVon Shelby, Kentucky). In the fifth, Mitchell Webb reached on a strikeout wild pitch, stole second base and scored on a two-out hit by junior Skyler Weber. It was the third hit of the afternoon for Weber, marking the seventh time this year has done that.

In the seventh, Georgia stretched its lead to 5-0, scoring three runs on two hit. Curry keyed the rally with a two-out, two-run single after  Weber and Stephen Wrenn drew walks to load the bases. Then, freshman LJ Talley capped the scoring with an RBI-double. The Tigers got a run back in their half of the inning when senior Zach Lavy led off with a home run, his eighth of the year.

“Heath Holder was really good again today, and that was one of the keys to getting a series win,” Georgia’s Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin said. “Before the game, we were hoping get off to a good start with Heath, get Keegan McGovern going with a couple of hits, have Michael Curry continue his hot hitting and get in the their bullpen, and we were able to do all those things.”

In the series, Curry batted .467, collecting seven hits including four home runs and six RBI. He has hit five home runs in his last five games. Holder improved to 4-3 on the year while Michael Plassmeyer dropped to 4-6. Holder went seven innings and struck out nine while Bo Tucker notched his third save.

In the eighth, the Tigers threatened as the first two hitters reached and Georgia looked to sophomore Bo Tucker. He gave up a single to Ryan Howard that loaded the bases with nobody out. Up stepped Missouri’s best hitter in Lavy, who already had a home run on the day and smacked a grand slam on Saturday. However, Tucker struck him out. Missouri (25-27, 8-19 SEC) would manage just a run on a fieler’s choice as Georgia carried a 5-2 lead to the ninth.

“That was a tough spot that Bo came in to, and he managed it well, allowing just the one run. Overall, it was a big win for us and happy for the guys. We had a good week and now we’ve got another tough one coming up with Tech and Tennessee.”

The Bulldogs (26-26, 10-17 SEC) return to action Tuesday night in Atlanta against Georgia Tech in the 14th annual Spring Baseball Classic at Turner Field. Georgia owns a 9-4 edge in the classic that benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The Bulldogs have won the two on campus meetings with Tech this season, 3-1 in Atlanta and 13-5 in Athens. First pitch will be at 7 p.m., and tickets may be purchased at the gate for $12. Parking will be $5. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Georgia wraps up the regular season with an SEC series against Tennessee starting Thursday night at Foley Field.

Army softball player avoids tag by flying

An Army softball player has one way to avoid the tag at home at all costs. 

She doesn't slide under the opposing player, the usual move to reach home when it's being defended by the catcher. 

Instead, Kasey McCravey took to the air and leaped over the other player, MLB.com reported.

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The amazing hurdle happened during the Patriot League Tournament Saturday.

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This isn't the first time McCravey jumped over a catcher. 

McCravey was called safe and the Black Knights beat Lehigh in the semifinals 3-1. 

Army fell to Boston University in Sunday's finals 9-0.

Diamond Dogs blank WCU

From UGA Sports Communications

ATHENS, Ga. — The Bulldogs (24-25) got a big boost from their pitchers against Western Carolina (23-24) as six arms combined to allow only two hits to lead the way for Georgia to overpower the Catamounts 6-0 on Wednesday night at Foley Field. 

Freshman Kevin Smith got the win to improve to 4-1 on the year after tossing three innings of one-hit ball. Of the six pitchers who took the mound for Georgia, none gave up more than one hit and four did not allow any hits to Western Carolina. 

The Bulldogs busted the game open with a four-run fourth inning, highlighted by Skyler Weber’s two-RBI double that gave him the team lead for RBI with 30 on the year. Michael Curry also claimed two RBI in the contest, driving in a run in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly and hitting a solo home run in the eighth to punctuate a strong performance out of the home side. 

After a quiet first two innings, Georgia cashed in with an unearned run in the third to take the lead. Nick King singled to center with one down then stole second, and he moved to third a batter later on an infield single. He then came in to score on a balk, giving Georgia a 1-0 lead. 

The Bulldogs padded the lead with four runs in the fourth, capped by Weber’s two-RBI double to left-center with two outs to give Georgia a 5-0 lead. Earlier in the inning, Curry and Adam Sasser each claimed a RBI with a sacrifice fly and single, respectively. 

Both teams then combined for just one hit until the eighth inning when Curry launched his eighth homer of the season, a solo shot, to give Georgia a 6-0 lead. 

 

Dawg Tracks 

- Blakely Brown recorded his first career start in the contest, tossing one scoreless inning before giving way to Kevin Smith.

- Skyler Weber’s two-RBI double in the fourth extended his hitting streak to nine games. It was his 12th double of the season and gave him the team lead with 30 RBI.

- Adam Sasser has four RBI over his previous two games after entering Sunday’s contest against Ole Miss with four on the year.

- Seven of the nine starters in Georgia’s lineup recorded at least one hit in the contest and five scored at least one run.

- Michael Curry’s solo shot in the eighth inning was his team-leading eighth home run of the season.

- No Georgia pitcher allowed more than one hit on the night, and four of six pitchers did not allow a hit.

- The two hits allowed represented the lowest total since Robert Tyler allowed only one against Alabama on April 2.

- Sasser’s double in the eighth inning was his third extra-base hit of the season in 48 at bats.

 

Stricklin Says 

Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin 

On the win…

“We played really well. It was great to see Blakely Brown get back out there on the mound. He gave us a good start in the first inning and that kind of pumped up the guys in the dugout who got to see him out there throwing balls in the mid 90s again. Kevin Smith was really good. The rest of the guys – I thought we pitched really well, played great defense, got a couple big hits. That’s a really good team that we just beat. It gives us some momentum going into the weekend.” 

On needing to win games down the stretch…

“Guys have been loose. We just told them the truth – this is where we stand. They know. They read the paper too. They know where we are. Bottom line we’ve got to come out here and try to win every game that we play. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with letting them know this is where we are, this is where we stand, this is what we’ve got to do.” 

On the impending matchup with Missouri…

“We’ve got some momentum going into Missouri. We’re going to face a really good team. We’re going to see two really good starting pitchers in Reggie McClain and Tanner Houck. They’re two of the best guys we’ll see all year long. They leave it to their starters, they leave it in their starters’ hands. They’ve got a couple of guys in the bullpen who are really good, but they’re not really deep. We’ve got to make sure that we try to get to that bullpen as soon as possible. That’s the plan every weekend, but we’ve got to try to get Reggie, try to get Tanner out of the game and get to the bullpen.”

 

Players’ Perspective

 

Fr. C Michael Curry 

On momentum from this game...

"We’re definitely playing better baseball. I think we are kind of hitting our stride. The pitchers did a phenomenal job tonight, but you know, we're working on momentum. We’ve got good momentum going into this weekend. We're playing good ball right now." 

On midweek games...

"Every game from here on out is the most important game. Coach kept saying today is the World Series, we’ve got to come out ready to go, and I think we did. Starting with our in-and-out before the game, that was probably our best in-and-out we have had in a while. We looked good, so we were ready to play today which was good." 

 

Jr. OF Skyler Weber 

On the team’s play on offense...

"We definitely came off a stretch of very hard-throwing arms and definitely good off-speed stuff, and today they definitely showed off-speed. It wasn't as hard as we've been seeing, and that’s kind of what the slow start was. But other than that, the offense had an approach of seeing the ball deep. Some of us got away with that, and let that get to us." 

On his expectations of his production before the season...

"I have always believed in myself. I mean, after my freshman and sophomore year were disappointing average wise, I have always believed in myself. I always work hard, and I’ve got great coaches to back that up.” 

What’s On Deck 

The Bulldogs head to Columbia, Missouri for a weekend set against the Missouri Tigers in a critical SEC series.

 

Offense lifts Bulldogs to big win over Rebels

From UGA Sports Communications

ATHENS, Ga. —  Georgia (23-25, 8-16) got a fantastic start from senior Heath Holder, who allowed only one run and three hits in seven innings of work, and the offense exploded in a 13-2 win over No. 7 Ole Miss (36-13, 14-10) on Sunday afternoon at Foley Field.With the win, Georgia finished its school-record 22 consecutive games against ranked opponents with a mark of 8-14. The streak will come to an end Wednesday when the Bulldogs host Western Carolina.The Bulldogs hung five runs on the board in both the fourth and sixth innings to put the game out of reach. Adam Sasser delivered the big hit in the fourth inning with a bases-clearing double to right for three RBI. Nick King launched Georgia’s first grand slam since 2014 in the sixth inning, a shot over the left field wall to push the Bulldogs’ lead to 9-0. King and freshman Michael Curry, who had four RBI of his own including a three-run homer, tied for the team lead in RBI on the day with four being a career high for each.Holder breezed through the first four innings, allowing only three walks as the Bulldogs played stout defense behind him and held Ole Miss quiet on offense. Skyler Weber then doubled to lead off the bottom of the fourth, and Stephen Wrenn shot a RBI single to center to give Georgia a 1-0 lead. Curry added to the lead later in the inning with a bases-loaded infield single, spotting the Bulldogs a two-run edge. Adam Sasser capped off the big inning with a bases-clearing double to right, giving the Bulldogs a 5-0 lead through four.Ole Miss ended Holder’s no-hit bid two innings later as Tate Blackman hit a roller to the right side and beat the throw after a nice effort from LJ Talley. He was left stranded on first as Holder responded with his fifth strikeout of the game.Georgia sealed the game in the sixth inning, using back-to-back jacks to put the contest out of reach. King stepped up in a big way with a two-out grand slam to make the score 9-0, Georgia’s first grand slam since 2014, and Weber immediately followed with a homer of his own to give the Bulldogs a double-digit advantage.The Rebels got one run back in the seventh, using a double, single and sacrifice fly to get on the board and make the score 10-1 in favor of the Bulldogs. Georgia answered right back, though, as Curry launched a three-run bomb with one out that easily cleared the wall in right-center and gave the Bulldogs a 13-1 lead.Ole Miss added a solo homer in the ninth inning to produce the final of 13-2.Dawg Tracks- Stephen Wrenn’s double in the first extended his hitting streak to five games.- Skyler Weber’s leadoff double in the fourth was his team-leading 11th of 2016 and extended his hitting stream to eight games.- Heath Holder, who entered the game ranked fourth in the country and tops in the SEC in hits allowed per nine innings (5.16), allowed three hits in seven innings against the Rebels.- Adam Sasser entered play Sunday with four RBI in 41 career ABs. He had three on one double on Sunday.- Nick King’s grand slam in the sixth inning was the first for Georgia since 2014. It was his second home run of the season.- Weber followed King with a home run to give Georgia back-to-back jacks for the second time this season. The Bulldogs last accomplished that feat on April 17 against South Carolina.- Michael Curry’s no-doubter in the seventh inning, a three-run shot, was his team-leading seventh homer of the year.- Curry and King each led the team with four RBI in the contest – a career best for both.- Georgia finished its school-record 22 consecutive games against ranked competition with an 8-14 record.- The Bulldogs improved to 11-0 on the year when holding opponents to two or fewer runs.Stricklin SaysIke Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott StricklinOn getting a big win over No. 7 Ole Miss…“It was a huge game for us. We needed to win. We put ourselves in this position where almost every game is a must-win for us to get to where we need to be, which is the postseason. The kids really responded. Heath Holder stepped up. The last thing he said to Coach Corral when he left the park yesterday was ‘I’ve got you tomorrow, coach.’ He said it. I heard him say it. I felt pretty good about him on the mound. This (Ole Miss) pitching staff, it’s tough to score runs. We got some big hits. Adam Sasser, Nick King both got big hits with runners in scoring position to give us some cushion.”On lessons from today’s win…“Number one, we’re a good baseball team. When we apply ourselves we’re a really good baseball team. It’s unfortunate we haven’t been as consistent as we want to be, but we played really well. We pitched, played great defense, had some big hits. We can be a really good baseball team.”On the big hits from Sasser and King…“It’s a 2-0 lead (before Sasser’s three-RBI double) but the wind is gusting out. It’s a tough day to pitch. For us to only give up two runs on a day like today, I think it speaks volumes about how well those guys threw and how we played defense. (The score) 2-0 was not a big lead today. Even 5-0 (after Sasser’s double) was ‘okay, we’ve got a big lead but let’s add on.’ Nick King was the blast that kind of made us take a little bit of a breath and relax a little bit.”Players’ PerspectiveSr. SS Nick KingOn the win today…“It was one of those things where we just took it one game at a time. Every single game is a World Series game, that’s how we are going to look at the rest of the season. Have no worries and just play. Whatever happens, happens, but at the end of the day, you just have to go out there and play their best.”On his grand slam…“The wind helped a little bit, thankfully. I had been getting pitched the same way throughout the whole series. As soon as I saw the off-speed pitch – I had been looking for it – so as soon as I got it, I went after it.”Sr. P Heath HolderOn his start today…“Just do what I can do. Don’t try and do too much, don’t try to have an out-of-body experience. Stay within, keep it one inning, one batter, one pitch at a time and let the guys make plays. They made a ton of plays today.”On his approach and what worked…“The walks come doing too much, having that out-of-body experience in terms of not staying within. Other than that, just keeping calm and reminding myself that I have a really good defense behind me. Let them work and let them play.”What’s On DeckThe Bulldogs host the Western Carolina Catamounts on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Foley Field.

Bulldogs to host Ole Miss this weekend

UGA baseball swept over te weekend

From UGA Sports Communications

NASHVILLE-----Sixth-ranked Vanderbilt hit four home runs to defeat Georgia 10-3 Sunday in front of a crowd of 3,608 at Hawkins Field.

The Commodores (34-10, 13-8 SEC) got home runs from freshman Julian Infante in the first, Jeren Kendall and Ethan Paul had two-run shots in the fifth and Karl Ellison led off the bottom of the eighth with a solo blast to highlight the scoring. Freshman right-hander Patrick Raby (6-0) went six innings for the win, allowing two runs with six strikeouts before giving way to John Kilichowski. He took care of the final three innings to pick up his second save.

Georgia’s first hit came from junior first baseman Trevor Kieboom (career-high 3-for-4)  to start the fifth and then the Bulldogs got the first two men on in the seventh to force a pitching change. Junior Skyler Weber (2-4, RBI) led off with double and junior Stephen Wrenn smacked a single. Both would eventually score in the inning as Daniel Nichols and Keegan McGovern collected RBI to make it 8-2. Weber had his team-leading 18th multiple-hit performance when he added an RBI-double in the eighth to make it 9-3. Ellison’s blast provided the final margin.

Senior Heath Holder (2-3) provided 4.2 innings in the loss as he allowed six runs on five hits with five strikeouts.  Junior Drew Moody and sophomores Bo Tucker and Blake Cairnes also saw action in the contest in relief of Holder.

 “We got outplayed and outcoached in all phases of the game, and now we’ll be back home next week to get ready to face a very good Ole Miss team,” Ike Cousins Georgia baseball head coach Scott Stricklin said. “It’s a good matchup for us, and we definitely have to play better baseball. Vanderbilt’s a good team and you can’t give their pitchers a lead because they’re tough to beat once they get ahead and we fell behind early in every game of the series.”

Georgia (22-23, 7-14 SEC) will return to action Friday, May 6 to begin an SEC series with the ninth-ranked Rebels (33-12, 12-9 SEC) at 7 p.m. (SECN+). Ole Miss claimed a series over LSU this past weekend in Oxford.

Dawgs wreck Tech... again

From UGA Sports Communications

ATHENS, Ga. — Behind a six-run outburst in the third inning that essentially put the game out of reach, Georgia (22-20) handled in-state rival Georgia Tech (27-14) by a 13-5 final score on Tuesday night at Foley Field.The victory clinched the season series for Georgia against the 25th-ranked Yellow Jackets, the first year the Bulldogs have won the series in the Peach State’s premier rivalry since 2013. A total of seven Bulldogs recorded at least one RBI in the contest, and nine players scored at least one run for the home side.The Bulldogs will look to finish the season sweep at Turner Field in Atlanta on May 17.Georgia wasted no time offensively as Nick King and Skyler Weber started the game off with back-to-back singles. Two batters later, Daniel Nichols came through with a RBI single to right to give the home squad an early 1-0 edge.The Bulldogs added on in the second, hanging two runs on the board as LJ Talley’s first career triple and a sacrifice fly from Nick King each went for RBI and a 3-0 lead.Georgia then busted the game open in the third, tacking on six runs to claim a 9-0 lead through three innings. Five Bulldogs claimed RBI in the inning, with two via walk and one hit by pitch. King added his second sacrifice fly of the night to give himself multiple RBI, and Weber hit a RBI single to left to cap the offensive outburst.Georgia Tech got on the board with a run in the fifth inning to trim Georgia’s lead to eight runs, and the Yellow Jackets added three more in the seventh to climb to within 9-4 as the game headed into the home stretch.Mitchell Webb immediately got one run back, launching a solo home run, his third bomb of the season, to push Georgia’s lead to 10-4 in the bottom of the seventh.Tech answered with a solo home run of its own in the eighth, but the Bulldogs responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth to put a bow on the win.Dawg Tracks- Daniel Nichols’ RBI single in the first inning gave him 15 career RBI against Georgia Tech.- LJ Talley’s triple in the second was his first three-bagger of his career.- Georgia’s offense has started to flashed explosiveness of late, hanging a six spot on Tech after scoring eight in an inning against South Carolina in the last weekend series at Foley Field.- Nick King’s two-RBI game represented his third multi-RBI game of the season.- Skyler Weber claimed his team-leading 16th multi-hit game of the season. It was his fifth three-hit game of the season.-Mitchell Webb’s third homer of the season, a solo shot in the seventh, was Georgia’s 21st consecutive solo home run.- Wrenn’s RBI triple in the 8th was his third triple of the season, seventh of his career.- Eight of Georgia’s nine starters in the lineup recorded a hit, seven Georgia players recorded RBI and nine Bulldogs scored at least one run.- Georgia’s 13 runs represented the first time the Bulldogs hit double digits against Georgia Tech without extra innings since winning 17-0 in 2013.Stricklin SaysIke Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott StricklinOn another victory towards the NCAA Tournament..."The message to our kids has been just play good baseball down the stretch and we're going to be in the tournament...With the teams that we're playing, with our schedule, with the teams ahead of us, we just need to play good solid baseball....that gives us some momentum going into Nashville."On telling team number of wins needed..."I've always been very honest with my team. I just told them this is what we need to do. The other message that I told them was that we need to do this for our seniors...This is what we need to do and we all know that we're capable of doing it. We all need to do our jobs, and we played a good baseball game tonight and we beat a good team which will help us in the postseason."On continuing momentum in the weekend..."We've gotten good starts out of Robert Tyler, but you look at the last two weekends and we've played consecutive No. 2 teams in the country and we are 3-3. So we've had pretty good weekends these last two weekends against the teams that we have been playing, but we're playing another top-10 team at Vanderbilt...This win is big for us and Robert has got to set the tone on Friday night."Players’ PerspectiveSo. OF Keegan McGovernOn the importance of the win…“(Coach Stricklin) was telling us we need to win eight of our last 15 games and we’ll be in the NCAA (tournament). We’re just trying to not look ahead at that. We’re going to try every day to take it one game at a time. We can’t look at it as try to shoot for eight (wins) because you don’t want to come down to those last few games trying to scratch for that win. So we have to take it one game at a time.”On the offense’s performance tonight…“When you’re playing a team like them, it’s always huge for us to come out of the gates hot swinging the bats like we did. It was really fun.”Mitchell WebbOn knocking off another ranked opponent..."It feels good. We're playing good right now. We just want to build momentum. Like you said eight (wins) was the goal, but we're shooting for 10, 11, 12, so you just have to take it one game at a time and just build momentum towards the weekend."On his home run..."It was a 2-0 fastball about belt-high and I just tried to put a good swing on it and it just happened to go that far."On DeckGeorgia travels to Nashville for a weekend series against the Vanderbilt Commodores and will next play at home on Friday, May 6 against Ole Miss.Follow the Dawgs

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