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Georgia sports roundup: Georgia baseball drops in rankings after tough week

It was a brutal week for Georgia baseball, as the Bulldogs lost all four of their games. Georgia dropped a midweek game to Georgia Tech before being swept by the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Because of the four losses, Georgia plummeted in both polls, as the Bulldogs now sit at No. 8 in the Baseball America poll and No. 9 in the D1baseball poll. 

Georgia dropped five spots in both polls after losing by a combined score 34-11 in the three games against Mississippi State.

Overall, it was a disappointing weekend. We didn’t play well and Mississippi State outplayed us,” Georgia baseball coach Scott Stricklin said. “We didn’t get it done, and we had plenty of opportunities in every game.”

It should be noted that the Bulldogs were without their star pitcher in Emerson Hancock. The sophomore missed his usual weekend start due to some soreness.

“He just needs a little bit of a breather,”  Stricklin said prior to Friday’s 19-3 loss. It’s what’s best for him and our team. Just some soreness. He’s fine.”

The Bulldogs do have four games this week, though they should be a much easier task. The Bulldogs take on the Citadel on Tuesday night in North Augusta, S.C., before hosting the Florida Gators this weekend. It’s a down year for the Florida program, as the Gators are 9-12 in SEC play heading into this week.

Georgia is now behind Vanderbilt in the SEC East standings, as the Bulldogs sit at 13-8 while Vanderbilt is 15-6. After playing Florida this weekend, Georgia has just two SEC series left.

First pitch in Tuesday’s game is set for 6:30 p.m. ET. The Friday game against Florida will start at 7:00 p.m.

Softball wins series against South Carolina

The No. 15 Georgia softball team came away with another series win in SEC play, this time taking two out of three games on the road from the No. 14 South Carolina Gamecocks. The Bulldogs dropped the first game of the series in extra innings, falling 3-2 in 11 innings on Friday.

But Georgia was able to bounce back with a 6-4 extra-inning win of its own on Saturday. In the decisive Sunday game, the Bulldogs came away with a 3-2 win. It’s the second consecutive series where the Bulldogs were able to take down a ranked opponent. Georgia took two out of three games from the then No. 8 ranked Tennessee Volunteers last weekend.

This is the fourth SEC series in the last five that Georgia has been able to win. The Bulldogs are now 9-12 in SEC play heading into the final week of regular season play. The Bulldogs will host Ole Miss this coming weekend. The SEC Softball Tournament will begin on May 8 and end on May 11.

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