Georgia baseball handles Georgia Southern 9-4, collects another strong RPI win

Georgia pitcher Matthew Hoskins (15) during Georgia’s game against Georgia Tech at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Ga., on Sunday Mar. 5, 2023. (Kari Hodges/UGAAA)
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Georgia baseball laid another beatdown on Georgia Southern’s pitching staff thanks to four home runs.

UGA’s freshmen led the way in both phases of the game in a 9-4 win at Southern’s J.I. Clements Stadium in Statesboro.

The Bulldogs beat the Eagles by a 17-11 count on Tuesday. The teams will face off once more time at 6 pm. on March 29 in Athens.

The Bulldog pitching staff was far from perfect against the Eagles this week, but it did limit big hits well. Southern mustered just four extra base hits in the last two days, including only a pair of doubles in its 11-run performance on Tuesday.

Georgia, on the other hand, had 10 extra base hits, six of which were home runs.

UGA earned its second in-state series win in five days after taking two out of three from Georgia Tech last weekend.

Stricklin’s team has added four strong wins over high-ranked RPI teams in the last week. The Eagles were ranked No. 9 and the Yellow Jackets were ranked No. 21 in the RPI before playing Georgia.

A strong RPI ranking could be crucial for Georgia’s postseason resume. The odds are stacked against a great conference record as the Bulldogs will face seven top 25 teams in SEC action.

Impressive nonconference wins against teams like Tech and Southern could go a long way in pushing UGA into the postseason.

“I think both will continue to be that way,” Stricklin said. “They’ve got really tough schedules, their RPI is going to be good and those are obviously quality wins.”

The Bulldogs, ranked at No. 36 in RPI, have four more nonconference games before their closely looming SEC opener. Georgia will host Charleston Southern this weekend and faces Wofford, the top-ranked RPI team, on Tuesday.

UGA will welcome No. 20-ranked South Carolina to Foley Field on March 17.

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