ATHENS---Behind their best offensive game of the season, the Georgia Bulldogs trounced Charleston Southern 14-5 Wednesday at Foley Field.
Georgia moves to 7-6 and above .500 for the first time this season, riding a five-game winning streak.
“I thought we had some guys do great things offensively,” Georgia head coach Scott Stricklin said. “We drew 12 walks at the plate, which was amazing. Our pitching has really improved the last week, and that’s good to see. Charleston Southern is a veteran team.”
After Charleston Southern (10-4) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, the Bulldogs responded in the bottom half of the first putting together two runs on the strength of four hits. Junior Conor Welton (3-4, 2 RBI) and freshman Stephen Wrenn (2-for-5, 3 RBI) paced the attack Wednesday. Georgia sent 11 men to the plate in the fifth inning, scoring five runs on five walks, a hit-by-pitch, and two hits.
“Stephen Wrenn’s clutch two-out triple really propelled our offense for the rest of the evening,” said Stricklin.
With consecutive two-run innings, Charleston Southern cut the Bulldog lead to 7-3 and 8-5 in the fifth and sixth inning, respectively, but Georgia responded in the home halves of those innings with one and two runs, respectively, and added two more in the seventh taking a 12-5 with six defensive outs to go. Georgia would add two more in the eighth topping off their season-high in runs.
In a staff day for the Bulldogs on the mound, Luke Crumley (1-0) was the first of seven Bulldogs to take the mound, throwing the first two innings. The junior earned the win allowing, one run on four hits. In succession, David Sosebee, Mike Mancuso, Jarrett Brown, Ross Ripple, Dylan Cole and Pete Nagel followed Crumley. Sosebee was the only other Bulldog pitcher to throw multiple innings as he struck out two allowing one hit, one walk and no runs. Cole worked a perfect eighth frame needing only seven pitches. Nagel struck out two in taking care of the ninth.
“Pitching wise, we threw the ball well,” Stricklin said. “I thought (Mike) Mancuso, threw especially well at the end of his inning. He was able to get himself out of a jam, after allowing two runs.”
The Bulldogs return to action Friday as they take on Buffalo at 5 p.m.