- David Ching, ESPN Staff Writer
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Results: Georgia swept a three-game weekend series against Winthrop, winning 13-5 Friday, 2-1 Saturday and 3-0 Sunday. The Bulldogs also beat Georgia State 4-1 in a midweek game.
Georgia record: Georgia improved to 7-0, marking the Bulldogs’ best start since opening the 2009 season with 14 consecutive wins -- a run that helped them earn the nation’s No. 1 ranking in some polls.
Highlight of the week: The Bulldogs used more late-game magic to win a Saturday game. Last Saturday, Brett DeLoach drove in the winning runs against Presbyterian in the bottom of the ninth inning. This week it was Peter Verdin who supplied the dramatics when he singled in Brandon Stephens with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Top offensive performer: Hunter Cole. Offense was at a premium for much of the weekend series, but Cole gave strong offensive performances in two games and finished 5-for-12 in the three games. The freshman left fielder was 4-for-5 with a run, two RBIs, two doubles and two stolen bases in Friday’s win and went 1-for-4 with his first career home run Sunday.
Top pitching performer: Taylor Hicks. The freshman right-hander gave another strong effort in his second career start. Hicks (2-0) pitched six shutout innings in Sunday’s win, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out six. Hicks has yet to allow an earned run in 10 innings.
Key statistic: 1 ER in 8 IP by relievers. Six Georgia relievers -- Earl Daniels, Chase Hawkins, Luke Crumley, Bryan Benzor, Ross Ripple and Blake Dieterich -- combined to allow just one earned run in eight innings of the Winthrop series. And that run came in the top of the ninth of Friday’s win against Winthrop, when Crumley came on with the Bulldogs ahead 13-4.
They said it: “If we don’t play good defense, it makes things hard. That’s one of the things that we believe we’re really, really good and have a chance to be special -- and so far, so good,” -- Georgia coach David Perno, whose team has committed three errors in seven games
Up next: The Bulldogs host Savannah State at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday, Western Carolina at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday and Western Illinois for a three-game series starting Friday at 6 p.m. ET.