Georgia baseball takes series at Auburn with 10-8 nightcap win

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Georgia baseball, shown here in this UGA sports file photo, took two of three from Auburn on the road this weekend.

Georgia baseball won its series at Auburn, taking two of three from the Tigers on The Plains.

The No. 8-ranked Bulldogs (39-14, 18-9) scored a 10-8 win over Auburn in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader after dropping the first game in 10 innings, 4-3.

The teams agreed to move up Sunday’s game on account of the threat of bad weather.

It was tough to lose that first one in extra innings but we bounced back in the second game,” UGA coach Scott Stricklin said in the school release.

“You have to credit Auburn for coming back in both games. It’s tough to win a series in this league especially on the road because everybody has good crowds but we did it.” 

The Tigers (30-21, 13-14 SEC) spoiled the return of ace pitcher Emerson Hancock in the first game on Saturday.

Hancock was making his first appearance in three weeks after getting shut down by the training staff on account of a fatigued lat muscle.

Hancock pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs off four hits and three walks while fanning four batters. Freshman Cole Wilcox (2-1) took the loss in relief, surrendering four hits and the game-winning run in the 2 2/3 innings he pitched.

Stricklin was happy to see Hancock back on the mound.

“I’m glad to see Emerson Hancock back in the rotation,” he said. “He wanted to keep going in that first game but he was around 95 pitches so we went to Cole Wilcox.”

Cam Shepherd provided the big shot in the second game, blasting a two-out, three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning that put UGA up 10-7.

UGA won the series opener by an 11-2 count on Friday night.

Georgia returns to action at 7 p.m. on Thursday against Alabama in the first of a three-game series at sold-out Foley Field.

The SEC tournament takes place May 21-26 in Hoover, Ala.

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