March 13, 2010
Freshman first baseman Robert Shipman hit two home runs and had a career-high four RBI to lead Georgia to a 12-7 win over Siena Saturday at Foley Field. Gary DerHagopian launched a two-run homer in the third and Anthony Giansanti and Kyle Hudson finished with two hits apiece in a losing effort for Siena.
The Saints took a 2-0 lead in the first without the benefit of a hit. Siena loaded the bases on a hit batter and a couple of walks. DerHagopian (1-for-4, 3 RBI) then hit a ground ball to shortstop that Levi Hyams misplayed, allowing two runs to score.
Shipman (2-for-2, 4 RBI) trimmed the deficit in half in the bottom of the frame with a blast to centerfield for his first career home run. Georgia (8-7) tied it up in the second as sophomore catcher Christian Glisson drew a leadoff walk and eventually scored on a base hit by freshman second baseman Todd Hankins (3-for-5, 1 RBI).
Bulldog junior right-hander Justin Grimm got the start but was lifted after two innings due to illness. He allowed two runs on one hit with two walks and a strikeout. Georgia turned to junior Ben Cornwell and Siena reclaimed a 4-2 lead courtesy DerHagopian's two-out, two-run home run in the third.
Georgia took command in the fourth, scoring six runs on three infield hits plus three walks, two hit batters and a pair of sacrifices. The Bulldogs executed a successful suicide squeeze play as sophomore Hyams kept the rally going as Georgia jumped out in front 8-4. Sophomore centerfielder Zach Cone (1-for-3, 2 RBI) picked up an RBI on a bases-loaded walk in the fifth to make it 9-4. The Saints cut the margin to 9-7 in the sixth after a two-run single by shortstop Andrew Sawyer and a run-scoring single from Giansanti.
In the seventh, sophomore Peter Verdin added a run-scoring double and Shipman crushed his second home run of the day, a two-run shot to give him a career-high four RBI and the Bulldogs a 12-7 lead.
Senior Justin Earls benefited from the support to get a win and move his record to 2-0. He went 2.2 innings. Senior Steve Esmonde pitched a scoreless seventh for the Bulldogs and senior Alex McRee added two scoreless frames to close out the game for Georgia. Freshman Justin Brantley got the loss to fall to 1-3, allowing eight runs on four hits with six walks in 3.2 innings as the Saints dropped to 3-11.
The series concludes Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. The Bulldogs will start senior right-hander Jeff Walters (0-1, 7.30 ERA) while the Saints counter with junior right-hander Kyle Sumple (0-2, 16.03 ERA).