Red-Hot UGA pitcher, Tim Elliott puts on clinic in 5-0 win vs Wofford
By. Andrew Rodberg
On Tuesday evening, the Dawgs remained at home and welcomed the Wofford College Terriers to town for a 5:00pm contest. In doing so, the Dawgs sent sophomore pitcher, Tim Elliott to the mound to face, Wofford’s Clay Schwaner.
Elliott had difficulty in his last appearance when he worked 2.1 innings of relief and gave up 4 earned runs, but today was a completely different story! In the 1st inning, Elliott looked relaxed and fresh as he struck out 3 and hit a batter to start the game. More of the same continued as Elliott wouldn’t allow a batter to get on base. The game started off slow for the Dawgs offensively as they were unable to find any rhythm and left a few runners on base. That was until the 3rd inning when UGA’s Tucker Maxwell was able to get on base before the recently named National Player of the Week, Keegan McGovern came up to the plate.
With Maxwell on 2nd base, McGovern waited for his pitch and didn’t miss! He laced a double to left field to start the scoring as the Dawgs moved into the lead. As Dawg fans know, this year’s batting lineup is dangerous all the way up and down the line and the Wofford Terriers learned that quite quickly. After surrendering the double to McGovern, the Terriers then allowed a Cam Shepherd double to score McGovern and extend the Dawgs lead. With the Dawgs sensing a big inning, Aaron Schunk joined in the fun and blew open the score with a double of his own to score Shepherd and push the lead to 3-0 after 3 innings.
As the game progressed, so did Elliott’s pitching! He was able to put the ball wherever he pleased and with him feeling it, he only gave up 1 SINGLE HIT in his 6 innings of work! After a not so good showing vs Kennesaw State, Elliott bounced back and showed that he and his team have fight! Elliott finished his day with 7 strike-outs and 1 hit over 6 innings of work.
In the 7th and 8th innings, the Dawgs sent out relief pitcher Ryan Webb to eat some innings and help secure that shutout. In doing so, he was able to retire all 6 batters he faced in order. With the game almost to completion, the Dawgs wanted to score a few more runs and they did just that in the 8th inning. Two consecutive singles helped set up the Dawgs with runners on 2nd and 3rd and Mitchell Webb up to the plate! On the 1st pitch, Mitchell went down, caught up to a ball and perfectly placed it into the left field corner for a double to score the 2 runs and make the score 5-0.
With the game fully in hand, the Dawgs sent out closer CJ Smith to finish the game and he was able to close it out with only allowing 1 hit.
The Dawgs now look ahead to a matchup on Wednesday night with the 4-3 Georgia State Panthers. Game is set to start at 5pm in Athens, GA
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