More miscues from Diamond Dogs lead to 10-5 loss to Clemson

ATHENS — First there was left-fielder Hunter Cole’s throwing error that led to a run in the first inning. Then there was third baseman Curt Powell air-mailing a throw to first in the fourth inning. Shortly thereafter Cole let a ground ball get under his glove and roll all the way to the wall.

After the weekend Georgia just had up at Vanderbilt, this was the last thing that coach David Perno wanted — or expected — to see.

Instead it was more of the same. The Bulldogs committed three errors and threw in six walks, a wild pitch and a passed ball on the way to losing to Clemson 10-5 Tuesday night at Foley Field.

It was the third loss in a row for Georgia (17-9, 3-3 SEC), which plays host to No. 10 Kentucky (25-1, 5-1 SEC) for a three-game set this weekend. Clemson improves to 12-11.

“That kind of stuff we did this [past] weekend has a hangover effect,” Perno said. “It really does. We’re down, the guys are tired, [Clemson] played great and we didn’t play well. It’s that simple. If we play like that this weekend, I’ll be concerned.”

The Bulldogs committed only three errors this past weekend against Vanderbilt, but their miscues were extremely costly. An error and three walks in the ninth inning led to a 5-4 loss on Saturday and Georgia followed that on Sunday by giving up four runs on three wild pitches and triple with two outs in the eighth inning.

The good news/bad news of Tuesday’s tilt was the catastrophes came earlier, so at least the Bulldogs had time to recover. But after opening with a three-spot in the first, Georgia gave up three runs to Clemson, then one or more in five of the last seven frames.

Eight UGA pitchers combined to allow 16 hits. Luke Crumley (1-1) took the loss for Georgia. He was pitching in relief of starter David Sosebee, who left with one out in the second inning after giving up four hits and three runs.

“Everybody’s going to pitch like that every once in a while,” Perno said. “We haven’t done that all year. We didn’t throw any of our [weekend] guys. We’re still finding things out. . . .You just can’t let games get away from you like we did this weekend.”

It started off promisingly enough. Georgia’s Levi Hyams and Nelson Ward opened with back-to-back singles and the Bulldogs struck for three runs on a pair of wild pitches and a 2-RBI double from Colby May.

But the Tigers answered in the second with three runs on a pair of singles, a wild pitch and a two-run home run by Richie Shafer. Clemson then scored runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings.

Georgia kept threatening, however. Down six runs in the ninth, the Bulldogs had already scored once and had the bases loaded with two outs with Kevin Ruiz ripped a line drive deep into the gap in left-center field. But converted outfielder Jay Baum, a freshman from Alpharetta’s Centenniel High School, made a diving catch to end the game.

“We’ve just got to put it behind us,” said Cole, who hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. “Every day is a new day. We’ve got a big series against Kentucky at home, so we’ve got to look forward to that, keep our heads up and really clean things up at practice.”

10 comments Add your comment

Oakdale Dawg

March 28th, 2012
9:25 am

It’s a long season – hang in there Dawgs!

UGA Insider

March 28th, 2012
9:43 am

4 major sports at UGA:

UGA Football- above average at present. Haven’t smelled a MNC in 30+years. 3-21 vs your biggest rival UF.

UGA Basketball-Below average, attendance terrible this season. Dooley had the program competitive in the 90’s atleast. Your biggest rival UF made the Elite 8 with ease. I’m embarrassed to even google how long its been since UGA was in the Elite 8.

UGA Women’s Basketball- once a national program now just an average SEC Team. 1st round loss to Marist is embarrassing. McGarity should be ashamed to let this program slip.

UGA Baseball-talented team but average at best. WIth the talent in this state there is no reason for this program being so bad. Another McGarity embarrassment.

The truth hurts McGarity but there it is…not all of us fans are blind homers.

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March 28th, 2012
1:46 pm

To me the worst program, at this time, is womens basketball. Landers has really let that program lapse. But obviously nothing will be done, Andy Landers is a lifer.

Pago Pago DAWG

March 28th, 2012
1:58 pm

Is it time for a coaching change?

reality check

March 28th, 2012
2:34 pm

baseball…. are you serious… baseball??????

Where’s the football report?


Taylor Wooten

March 28th, 2012
3:17 pm

UGA Insider is dead on.
The Bulldog Athletic Program is average at best. All that money and resources and cant do any better than this?? Big changes needed across the Board.


March 28th, 2012
3:35 pm

Thanks for the baseball post.

Its a long season and the conference games just got started. Coach Perno has been to the CWS multiple times, so there is no one in their right mind who should be talking coaching change.

Go Dawgs

Dawg Bite

March 28th, 2012
5:47 pm

UGA Insider, you are spot on. Except for maybe Tennis and Golf, our programs are mediocre at best. What a shame for the Flagship Univ. in a state with loads of athletic talent to be floundering as UGA is. Mcgarity needs to take a serious look at several programs that seem to be going nowhere.

Father A. Long

March 28th, 2012
7:18 pm

The entire program has taken a major downward spiral since UF McGarity took over!