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June 10, 2014

Jr. Sunbelt Classic, Day 4

Texas goes to 5-0; Georgia splits

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McALESTER —

“We’re just going after anything, being aggressive, going after the first-pitch strike. It’s really helped us, because a lot of pitchers try to get ahead, and they leave stuff over the plate and we take advantage.”

Georgia had more chances to score against Texas starter Chris Paddack and reliever Dillen Duarte, but Texas backed up its pitchers with solid defense. Georgia had two runners on with two outs in the third and fourth, but Texas center fielder Colton Neel twice tracked down hard-hit liners for inning-ending catches.

With Georgia’s Connor Stutts on with a single and one out in the top of the fifth, Nelson lined out to second baseman Edwards. With Stutts having left early on what he thought was a sure hit, Edwards threw to shortstop Miranda covering second base for the inning-ending double play.

“We couldn’t get a couple hits back-to-back,” Georgia coach David McDonald said.

“Down four (runs), you can’t trade outs for runs. We ran out of outs pretty quick.”

Smith, Finkenstadt, Baker and Van Gelder all finished with two-hit games for Texas. Georgia managed just five hits total, with no player getting more than one.

Georgia 11, Oklahoma Gold 3

Through its first five games of the tournament, Georgia had given up more runs than it had scored, and three times it had scored five runs or fewer.

Perhaps Georgia’s hitters were due for a big game.

Georgia banged out 14 hits and scored in every inning, run-ruling Oklahoma Gold 11-3 on Monday at Mike Deak Field in McAlester.

“Losing to Texas the way we did, they just kind of made up their mind, ‘Well, we have to come out and win this one,’” McDonald said.

“They took it to heart, and they played well.”

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