March 11, 2012

UCLA completes sweep

Georgia had hoped to use its series against a touted UCLA squad to build some momentum for next weekend's SEC opener against Tennessee.

The Bulldogs will now have to find another way.

UCLA completed a three-game sweep of Georgia Sunday at Foley Field with a 7-3 win, another instance of the Bulldogs not being able to get the big hit when they needed to the most.

On three different occasions, Georgia loaded the bases but only came away with one run during those frames as the Bulldogs also failed to take advantage of nine walks by Bruin pitchers.

"If we would have walked nine guys, we would have given up 18 runs," head coach David Perno said of his Bulldogs, who stranded 12 runners on the afternoon. "But it will even out, we've just got to keep throwing strikes and we played better defense today than we did (Saturday). We're getting runners out there, we're having good at-bats and we're creating opportunities, we've just got to cash in."

Bulldog starter Taylor Hicks (2-2) struggled with his control and UCLA would take advantage.

After setting the Bruins down in order in the first, a walk and three wild pitches led to UCLA scoring three times, a lead which they would hold the rest of the afternoon.

Again, it wasn't like the Bulldogs didn't have opportunities to score.

"No one got that big hit to break us through," designated hitter Brett DeLoach said. "You get a big hit here and there and it turns the game around. But you know, it's just something you have to learn from and get better at."

UCLA (12-3) out-hit the Bulldogs 12-7 on the afternoon, although nine other Bulldogs reached via walks. Reliever Chase Brewer (1-1) earned the win for the Bruins, who scored three times in the second, twice in the seventh and two more in the ninth.

b> Powell accounted for two of Georgia's runs with a sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout, with DeLoach bringing home the Bulldogs' final run in the eighth on an RBI grounder.

Georgia (11-5) entertains Alcorn State Tuesday and Wednesday before Tennessee comes to town next weekend for both school's SEC opener."

NOTES: Perno revealed that starting pitcher Michael Palazzone has suffered some sort of injury and his status is unknown moving forward. "I don't know enough about it, all I know it's got O U T by his name," Perno said. "That means out." Perno said he was unsure how long the senior will have to be out. … Sunday's paid attendance was 1,967.

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