Georgia blanks Presbyterian 3-0
By Jaylon Thompson
ATHENS—Behind a strong pitching performance, the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Presbyterian Blue Hose 3-0 on Tuesday afternoon at Foley Field.
Junior pitcher Sean McLaughlin worked a solid five innings while surrendering no earned runs in his first start of the season. He gave up two hits and struck out five as he improved his ERA to 2.03. However, McLaughlin would need the help of the bullpen. Sophomore pitcher Connor Jones came in relief to secure the victory.
Jones picked up his first save of the season and McLaughlin improved his record to 1-1. As a result, Georgia earned its sixth victory of the year.
Junior catcher Zack Bowers paced the team by going 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Redshirt sophomore Trevor Kieboom went 1-for-4 and added an RBI to contribute to the Bulldogs’ nine hits. The Bulldogs jumped on the Blue Hose early thanks to the aggressive play of sophomore outfielder Stephen Wrenn.
Wrenn collected two stolen bases as he put pressure on Presbyterian pitcher Brian Kehner. The threat of Wrenn stealing flustered Kehner on the mound. The result caused Kehner to make mental mistakes such as leaving the ball up in the strike zone. Georgia capitalized on these mistakes and it led to the RBIs from Bowers and Kieboom.
As a result, Kehner only lasted 4.1 innings and surrendered five hits. He was responsible for all three Georgia runs scoring and the four walks the issued to the lineup as well. However, Kehner did strikeout two batters as he finished the day with his first loss on the season.
Ironically, Kehner’s outing was the lone bright spot for Presbyterian. The Blue Hose had seven hits and never really got in a rhythm offensively. Catcher Cam McRae had two hits as the rest of the team could muster one hit. Presbyterian’s best chance to score was in the fifth inning. On a single into left field, Blue Hose runner Brandon Martin tried to score from second base. However, Georgia left fielder Mitchell Webb threw out Martin at the plate and preserved the lead for the Bulldogs.
The play was one of many moments that propelled the Bulldogs to a solid victory before heading into the Southeastern Conference action.