ATHENS — It was a big night for “Big John” Cable and Georgia baseball against Alabama on Friday.
Cable belted a career-high five hits and the Bulldogs rolled the Tide at sold-out Foley Field, 12-2.
“This is about what we expected, everything is coming together now,” said Cable, a grad transfer from the University of New Orleans who missed last season with a hamstring injury.
“Can’t say I’ve ever done (5-for-5). I was just seeing it well and letting it get deep a little bit.”
Georgia (41-14, 20-9 SEC) has won 20 conference games for only the third time in history. The other two UGA teams to accomplish that feat played in the College World Series (2001, 2008).
The Bulldogs set their season high for hits, blitzing the Bama pitchers for 17 hits including four home runs.
“I thought offensively that may have been our best game,” UGA coach Scott Stricklin said. “We had a lot of really good at-bats throughout.”
Aaron Schunk homered twice, his 10th and 11th of the season.
Tony Locey (10-1) scattered four hits and four walks over six innings, allowing just one earned run to pick up the win.
“It’s hats off to our hitters and our defense, it’s not all been me,” Locey said. “We’ve made great plays, Riley (King) made a great play tonight in left field.
“Man, the way we’re hitting the ball, I think we’re the best team i the country right now.”
Locey was named a semifinalist for the College Baseball Foundation’s Pitcher of the Year Award earlier Friday.
Georgia opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning after LJ Talley singled to open the frame and Cable followed with an RBI double. Shane Marshall singled up the middle to score Cable and make it 2-0.
The Tide got on the board in the top of the third on Tyler Gentry’s home run — his second in as many days — cutting the lead in half, 2-1.
The Bulldogs answered in the bottom of the inning. Tucker Maxwell drew a leadoff walk and King drilled a two-run homer to extend the lead to 4-1.
Georgia added to its advantage in the bottom of the fifth inning on Patrick Sullivan’s sac fly RBI and Chaney Rogers’ RBI single.
The Bulldogs weren’t finished, adding two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 8-1 on RBI singles from Cable and Sullivan.
Schunk hit two-run homers in the seventh and eighth inning, shredding the Alabama bullpen.
The Bulldogs close the series at 2 p.m. on Saturday looking for a sweep that would likely secure a top eight seed for the NCAA tournament.
Georgia will open the SEC tournament in Hoover, Ala., next Wednesday as the tourney’s No. 3 or No. 4 seed.
Georgia DH “Big John” Cable
Georgia baseball pitcher Tony Locey
Georgia baseball coach Scott Stricklin