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Georgia baseball has a big week ahead.

Georgia baseball stays put in rankings ahead of top-5 matchup with Vanderbilt

After winning a third consecutive SEC series, the Georgia Bulldogs baseball team stayed put in the college baseball rankings in both national polls. D1Baseball has the Bulldogs at No. 4, while Baseball America has Georgia at No. 6. In the D1Baseball poll, the Bulldogs are the highest rated SEC team.

Georgia took two out of three games from the Kentucky Wildcats this past weekend, with wins on Thursday and Saturday. Georgia did drop a game to Georgia Tech last week as well. Entering this week, Georgia is 23-5 on the season.

“Bottom line, we found a way to win today and win a road series too, and that’s the goal,” Georgia baseball coach Scott Stricklin said following Saturday’s 10-8 over Kentucky. “We jumped out to a great start but credit Kentucky for coming back. The wind was really a factor today, it was blowing out to left field. You like to have a lead but you’re not comfortable. Connor Tate’s grand slam gave us a cushion but they came back and tied it. Aaron Schunk got us an insurance run in the 10th, and I thought that was big, and then he goes out and finishes it on the mound.”

The Bulldogs have five games this week, with a trip to Clemson on Tuesday, followed by a road game against Kennesaw State on Wednesday. They end the week with a three-game series at home against Vanderbilt. The Commodores are the No. 5 team in the D1Baseball rankings and the No. 3 team per Baseball America. The Bulldogs will enter the weekend first in the SEC with a 7-2 record. Vanderbilt is one of a number of teams that are just a game back of Georgia.

Georgia softball wins road series over Auburn

The Georgia softball team also had a successful weekend, as the No. 12 Bulldogs took two out of three games from No. 14 Auburn. The Bulldogs won the first two games of the series before dropping Sunday’s game.

In Friday’s 7-6 victory over the Tigers, senior Alyssa DiCarlo broke Georgia’s all-time RBI record in the first inning, giving her 237 for her storied career. On the season, DiCarlo leads the SEC in home runs with 19 and is second in runs scored with 47.

Friday’s win snapped an eight-game losing streak against Auburn, as the Bulldogs had not beaten the Tigers since the 2014 season.

Georgia is now 28-10 on the season and 3-6 in the rugged SEC. The Bulldogs take on Texas A&M this weekend back in Athens.

Georgia men’s and women’s tennis enjoy perfect weekends

Both the Georgia men’s and women’s tennis teams had unbeaten weekends, as the No. 1 ranked women’s team picked up road wins over Auburn and Alabama, while the men’s team beat Auburn, Alabama and Kennesaw State at home.

The women’s team won 4-0 against both Auburn and Alabama to continue its unbeaten run to 17-0 and 9-0 against SEC opponents. That ties the unbeaten streak dating back to the 2002 season, when the Bulldogs also won 17 consecutive matches.

“The 2002 team was a great team, and now we have a new great team that is having another great type of year,” Georgia head coach Jeff Wallace said. “I’m proud about how they are playing and the effort they are putting in. They seem like they are on a mission and that is important, because in the SEC season everyone is good, and it gets long.”

The men’s team picked up three wins after dropping two close matches against the Mississippi schools last weekend. With the wins over the Crimson Tide, Tigers and Owls, the men’s team is now 10-8 on the season and 5-4 in SEC play. The Bulldogs have just one match for this coming week, as they host the Arkansas Razorbacks on Sunday.

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