Robert Tyler Tosses Three-Hit Road Shutout of No. 11 Rebels

Freshman Robert Tyler tossed a three-hit shutout to lead Georgia to a 2-0 win over 11th-ranked Ole Miss Saturday in front of a crowd of 8,158 at Swayze Field.

Tyler shut down the Southeastern Conference’s top offensive team in going the distance for his first career complete game as the Bulldogs evened the series. He did not walk a batter and struck out four to improve to 5-4 on the year. Georgia (25-24-1, 10-15-1 SEC) pushed across single runs in the eighth and ninth with two-out base hits as the Rebels dropped to 36-15 overall and 16-10 in the SEC.

“This was about as good a win as you can have against one of the best teams in the country, and Robert Tyler gave a masterful performance,” said Georgia coach Scott Stricklin. “Ever guy in Ole Miss’ lineup makes you feel uncomfortable, and Robert did a great job. We played good defense behind him. Everybody stepped up and gave great effort. I’m really proud of them for hanging in there and believing in what we’re doing. Daniel Nichols got another big base hit for us to get us on the board and Conor Welton did it in the ninth for our second run.“

Rebel left-hander Christian Trent and Tyler were locked in a pitcher’s duel as both carried a three-hit shutout until the seventh. In that frame, the Bulldogs loaded the bases with two outs to chase Trent. DJ Smith reached on a bunt single to start the rally. Jess Posey and Mike Bell followed with walks to bring up Wrenn. The Rebels looked to right-hander Evan Anderson. Wrenn tried to bunt twice and then on a 1-2 pitch, he struck out swinging to keep it a scoreless contest. Trent, who came in with a 7-0 record and 2.57 ERA, did not factor in the decision after pitching 6.2 innings with three hits allowed along with four walks and three strikeouts.

In the eighth, Georgia broke through for a 1-0 lead against Anderson. Conor Welton led off the inning with a base hit and took second on a sacrifice bunt by Nelson Ward. Pinch-hitter Sean McLaughlin moved him to third with a groundout to the right side. Then, sophomore Daniel Nichols lined a two-out, 2-2 pitch to right field for a run-scoring single. In the ninth, Georgia made it 2-0 with a two-out RBI-single from Welton, scoring Posey. Anderson got the loss to fall to 1-1, surrendering two runs on five hits.

“This was the best I’ve pitched all year, and I knew if I just did my job, we were going to score,” said Tyler. “Everybody did their job today, and we got the victory.”

The rubber game of the series on Sunday will start at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

Courtesy of UGA Sports Communications

More in UGA Baseball

image

Georgia baseball signee Justin Glover shows promise after performance in GHSA Playoffs

Brandon SudgeMay 7, 2016
UGA

UGA student deaths receive outpouring of reaction and support

Brandon SudgeApr 28, 2016
Bo Tucker

Poor pitching proves victim yet again as Georgia is swept by Texas A&M

Brandon SudgeApr 11, 2016
Stephen Wrenn

Stephen Wrenn to return to lineup for Georgia

Brandon SudgeFeb 24, 2016
Kevin Smith

Georgia Claims Series Victory Over Georgia Southern

UGA Sports CommunicationsFeb 21, 2016
Robert Tyler

3 observations from Georgia’s season opening win over Georgia Southern

Brandon SudgeFeb 19, 2016
UGA Baseball

UGA Baseball: Scott Stricklin Looks to Have Success in Third Season

Brandon SudgeFeb 19, 2016
Stephen Wrenn

Robert Tyler, Stephen Wrenn Named Preseason All-Americans

UGA Sports CommunicationsFeb 1, 2016
UGA Baseball

Georgia Selected for 10 Games in SEC TV Package

UGA Sports CommunicationsJan 14, 2016
UGA Baseball

Georgia Baseball Signs 14 for 2017 Season

UGA Sports CommunicationsNov 25, 2015
Justin Glover

A Q&A with UGA Baseball Signee Justin Glover

Brandon SudgeNov 16, 2015
UGA Baseball

Georgia announces 2016 Baseball Schedule

UGA Sports CommunicationsSep 10, 2015

© 2016 SicEmDawgs.com
Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties