KNOXVILLE - Georgia defeated Tennessee 3-1 Sunday to win an SEC road series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in front of a crowd of 2,967.
The Bulldogs (13-16 overall, 3-6 SEC) jumped on top 3-0 in the fourth. Freshman second baseman Will Proctor got the scoring started with an RBI-double, and then he came home on a run-scoring single by junior first baseman Mitchell Webb. With two outs, freshman third baseman Aaron Schunk collected an RBI-single for the early advantage. Tennessee (15-10, 1-8 SEC) got its lone run in the fourth on a solo home run from junior Dom Thornton.
Bulldog junior right-hander Chase Adkins improved to 4-2, tossing 6.1 innings and registering a career-high 10 strikeouts. Freshman Tony Locey made his first career relief appearance, going 1.2 scoreless innings with four walks and two strikeouts before turning it over to junior closer Blake Cairnes who took care of the ninth for his third save. UT starter Zach Linginfelter dropped to 1-3, allowing three runs on six hits in six innings
Georgia plays host to fifth-ranked Clemson (24-5) Tuesday as they come to town after winning a road series over Georgia Tech. First pitch at Foley Field will be at 7:02 p.m. and be available on the SEC Network and the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.
* Freshman 3B Aaron Schunk extended his hitting streak to a career-best nine games with a single in the third. He finished 2-for-5 Sunday and 7-for-13 (.538) in the series.
*!Junior RHP Chase Adkins (4-2) struck out a career-high 10 in 6.1 innings and earned his team-best fourth win of the year.
* Freshman SS Cam Shepherd went 3-for-4 to finish the series 7-for-14 (.500).*Junior Blake Cairnes notched his third save, taking care of the ninth.
"The kids battled all day long, it was a pitching duel for sure. Chase was really good, Tony was effectively wild. We went to Blake, our closer after the leadoff walk in the ninth, and Blake made the pitches to get them out. We played really good defense. It was a really good weekend for us. Our freshmen in Aaron (Schunk) and Cam (Shepherd) were productive at the plate, and several of our freshmen are contributing. We’ve played 29 games now and they’re not freshmen anymore. We’re starting to grow up, and they are fun to watch.”