Posted: 11:33 am Monday, May 5th, 2014
By Chip Towers
ATHENS – Thanks to a grand-slam-highlighted, series-clinching win over No. 7 South Carolina on Sunday, the Georgia baseball team is in position to make it back into the SEC Tournament. But there remains work to be done.
Daniel Nichols hit a grand-slam home run on Sunday to power the Bulldogs to a 5-3 win over the Gamecocks on Sunday. It game Georgia its first series win over South Carolina since 2008.
More importantly, the victory moves the Bulldogs (23-23-1, 9-14-1 SEC) into 12th place overall in the conference. The top 12 teams in the 14-team league (based on winning percentage in league games) are invited to the annual SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. Georgia is a half-game ahead of 13th-place Auburn (9-15) and a half-game out of 10th behind Tennessee and Kentucky (10-14).
“We’re fighting for our postseason lives,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said after Sunday’s game. “This was a big, big series win for us. We came in to this series on an eight-game losing streak including getting swept by a couple of really good baseball teams in Florida and Vanderbilt, and we weren’t playing too well either. However, we’ve got some confidence now and there’s plenty of baseball left to play.”
The Bulldogs, who play Savannah State Wednesday in Athens, travel to No. 10-ranked and SEC West-leading Ole Miss this weekend and play host to Kentucky in the regular-season-ending series May 15-17 at Foley Field. Tennessee travels to Mississippi State this weekend and closes out against league-leading Florida. The Wildcats get Auburn this weekend before traveling to Athens the next week.