(ATHENS, GA) – Six strong innings from Justin Grimm and five Georgia hitters with three or more RBIs was more than enough for the Bulldogs as they defeated the Bobcats 19-6 at Foley Field on Saturday.
The Bobcats would threaten in the first inning with runners on the corners with just one out. Catcher Mike Marmo grounded the ball to short as the Bulldogs defense turned one of their four double plays on the afternoon to end the threat.
Grimm allowed just five hits and an unearned run in his six innings and let his offense do the rest of the work.
The Bulldogs hitters started in the first inning by posting four runs on the scoreboard off of Bobcats starter Andy Mayer. The righth-ander walked three hitters in the inning as the Georgia bats took advantage. A two-run single from Chase Davidson made the score 4-0 as Grimm continued to deal.
Georgia would score three more runs in the third inning and take a 7-0 lead into the fourth where the Bobcats scored their first run on an RBI groundout from Marmo.
Georgia added to the lead with three more runs in the fifth inning including a two-run single from pinch hitter Lyle Allen.
In the sixth, Zach Cone, who came in to pinch run for Chase Davidson an inning earlier, came through with the two-run home run. Cone would also add another RBI single in the seventh inning as he finished 2-for-2 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs. Davidson and Cone combined to go 5-for-5 in the seventh spot in the lineup with six RBIs.
With a 15-1 lead, the Bobcats turned to freshman Tim O’Sullivan who struggled to find the plate before giving up a grand slam to Bulldog first baseman Rich Poythress.
In the ninth inning, Quinnipiac refused to go down quietly. With two outs and a runner on second, the Bobcats continued to fight until the final out. An RBI single from Tyler Turgeon and a three-run home run from John Simone brought the Bobcats closer in a 19-6 defeat.
The Georgia bats were the story of the ballgame. Rich Poythress finished 3-for-5 with four runs scored, a home run, and four RBIs. His fellow teammate Joey Lewis added three runs and three RBIs of his very own in the 11th straight victory for Georgia.
The Bobcats and Bulldogs will face off tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the series finale at Foley Field. Mike Oskandy will start for Quinnipiac while lefthander Jason Leaver will start for the Georgia.
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