- David Ching, ESPN Staff Writer
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Results: Georgia closed out a rocky week by winning Sunday’s final game in a three-game series at No. 6 LSU 5-3. Prior to that victory, the Bulldogs had lost 4-3 to Georgia Tech at Turner Field and 6-5 and 8-4 against LSU this week.
Georgia record: 25-20 (9-12 SEC)
Highlight of the week: Georgia’s bullpen surrendered the winning runs late in each of the previous three games, but the Bulldogs’ relievers came through big against LSU on Sunday. Jay Swinford, Chase Hawkins and Earl Daniels combined to toss four scoreless innings, with Daniels striking out the SEC’s leading hitter Raph Rhymes with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to end the game.
Top offensive performer: Justin Bryan. Freshman Bryan didn’t do much of anything at the plate early in the week, but he gave the best performance of his young career in Sunday’s win against LSU. Bryan was 1-for-6 this week before Sunday’s game and didn’t play Saturday, but hit a pair of home runs to lift the Bulldogs to victory on Sunday. He hit a two-run homer in the Bulldogs’ four-run fourth inning and added a solo shot in the eighth that gave the Bulldogs a two-run lead. The home runs were the third and fourth of his career.
Top pitching performer: Swinford. Georgia was clinging to a 4-3 lead when Swinford took the mound to start the fifth inning Sunday, but the homegrown freshman -- he attended high school at Athens’ Clarke Central, about a mile from Georgia’s Foley Field -- allowed only one LSU baserunner to advance as far as second base in three scoreless innings. Swinford (1-1) earned his first career win and lowered his team-leading ERA to 1.54.
Key statistic: 11. Georgia’s bullpen surrendered the lead in each of the first three games of the week by allowing 11 runs from the seventh inning on. Georgia led 2-1 entering the seventh inning against Georgia Tech only to allow three late runs and lose 4-3. On Friday, the Bulldogs led LSU 5-4 before the Tigers struck for two runs in the bottom of the eighth and won 6-5. On Saturday, Georgia was up 4-2 before LSU’s six-run eighth inning propelled the Tigers to an 8-4 win.
Up next: The Bulldogs will host Auburn for a three-game series starting Friday at Foley Field. Friday’s game will air on SportSouth at 7 p.m. ET and CSS will televise Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET game.
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