The Bulldogs start 2022 the best way you can, sweeping the Great Danes to improve the 3-0. A lot of grit and determination was shown by both teams in this series, but the Dawgs come out on top.
Friday: Georgia 4, Albany 2
W: Jonathan Cannon (1-0)
L: Ray Weber (0-1)
S: Jack Gowen (1)
Jonathan Cannon didn’t skip a beat in his first start of 2022, pitching six shutout innings, giving up only two hits, and striking out four. The command wasn’t all the way there yet, as he did plunk two batters and walk one, but escaped all jams. Jaden Woods also saw his first action of the year on Friday, giving up two runs on an 8th inning home run, but a fairly clean outing otherwise. Ben Anderson got the day started with a solo shot in the first AB of the game. Josh McAllister also sent a ball over the fence, this time in the 4th inning on a 2-run shot to center. The Dawgs combined for eight hits and walked three times on the day.
Saturday: Georgia 7, Albany 6
W: Luke Wagner (1-0)
L: Connor Eisenmann (0-1)
This game was a nail-biter the whole way. Liam Sullivan did not have his best stuff and it showed, only lasting two innings, giving up four earned on five hits. Not the start he envisioned I’m sure, but I for one am not worried about one shaky start. Sullivan proved last year that he can give the team a chance to win even against the best opponents and I have no doubt he will put it together sooner rather than later. Will Pearson and Collin Caldwell picked him up, going 5 innings of shutout relief and striking out eight combined. Cole Tate highlighted the comeback with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th; he went 4-5 with a home run and two RBIs on the day. Connor Tate and Parks Harber hit home runs. The team combined for 15 hits.
Sunday: Georgia 9, Albany 1
W: Dylan Ross (1-0)
L: Cregg Scherrer (0-1)
Transfer Dylan Ross earned the Sunday start and made the most of it, going five innings of four-hit, 1-run baseball, and struck out six. Davis Rokose, another transfer, this time from Mississippi State, saw his first Georgia action as well. Rokose pitched 3 perfect innings in relief. Georgia only tallied seven hits but walked twelve times in the win. Fernando Gonzalez and Josh McAllister added two and three RBIs to their totals, respectively.
Overall, I am very excited with what I saw this weekend. A few kinks to straighten out but its only opening weekend. The comeback on Saturday showed a good sign that this team has the ability to answer and win the tough games even when they don’t have their best stuff. That’s a quality that every great team needs. Georgia welcomes Wofford to Foley Field on Tuesday, February 22 at 5 p.m.