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Emerson Hancock has been one of Georgia's best players this season.

Georgia sports roundup: Baseball a consensus top-3 team after beating Vanderbilt

Georgia baseball continues to win, as it took two out of three games from Vanderbilt this weekend. And because of that, the Bulldogs continue to climb in the national polls. The Bulldogs have moved to the No. 2 spot in the D1Baseball rankings and the No. 3 spot in the Baseball America rankings.  —

The Bulldogs picked up their first series win against Vanderbilt since the 2008 season, even though they dropped the first game of the series, 3-2 in 11 innings. Georgia bounced back with an 8-3 victory on Saturday, and followed that up with a 3-1 victory on Sunday. In the Sunday game, Georgia’s pitching staff held the potent Vanderbilt offense to just one hit.

“We talk about being resilient all the time. If you’re going to be a good, tough team you have to overcome some things,” Georgia baseball coach Scott Stricklin said. “We’ve lost a couple Friday night games when Emerson Hancock has just been lights out. It’s heartbreaking but you have to bounce back and we’ve done it both times against top ten teams, LSU and now Vanderbilt.”

Georgia leads the SEC with a 9-3 record in conference play to go along with a 27-6 overall record. The Bulldogs are now the top-rated SEC team, but there is still plenty of competition. Baseball America has Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Arkansas all in the top 10. D1Baseball has seven SEC teams in the top 12.

The Bulldogs have four games this week. The first is a home game against No. 17 Georgia Tech, who beat Georgia 11-2 earlier in the season. Georgia then visits Tennessee over the weekend.

Tennis sweeps on Sunday

Both the men’s and women’s tennis team picked up wins on Sunday. The men’s team came away with a 6-1 win over Arkansas on Sunday, while the women’s team picked up a 4-0 win on the road over the Missouri Tigers. The women’s team also beat Arkansas on Friday by a score of 4-0.

For the men’s team, it was their senior day. The Bulldogs dropped the doubles point to open the match, but came away victorious in all six singles matches.

“We knew it was going to be a tough day, and we came out a little slow in doubles,” senior Walker Duncan said. “Our energy was great and we knew that we could win every singles match. That was our goal. Manny, he wanted us to come out with some fire, and I think we did. It was awesome. The crowd was really into it, and it was a beautiful day and couldn’t be a better senior day.”

The men’s team visits Kentucky and Vanderbilt this Friday and Sunday.

The victory for the No. 1 ranked women’s team capped a perfect road for Georgia this season. The Bulldogs have yet to be beaten, as the team is 19-0 on the season. The women’s team will host Kentucky and Vanderbilt this coming weekend. A win over Kentucky on Friday would clinch the SEC for Georgia and wins in both matches gives Georgia the outright regular season title.

Men’s Golf comes in third at Clemson Invitational

The Georgia men’s golf team came away with a third place finish at the Clemson Invitational this weekend, finishing behind Georgia Tech and Duke.

As a team the Bulldogs shot a combined 34-under. That is the lowest score in a tournament for Georgia since 2009. Individually, the Bulldogs were led by junior Spencer Ralston, whose 10-under score gave him a tie for seventh.

“It was hard for us to get anything going early on, but then we hit our stride on the back nine (with two eagles and 17 birdies),” “Georgia head coach Chris Haack said on Sunday.” That’s what’s great about our team, it never quits. The guys kept battling and grinding all day. There were plenty of positives this weekend for us to build on as we head toward the postseason.”

The Bulldogs return to action on April 15 when they host the 2019 Southern Intercollegiates at Athens Country Club. That will serve as the team’s final event before the SEC championships, which take place later this month in  St. Simons.

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