Brown matched his career-high by going seven innings and allowing just three hits with seven strikeouts. Fields closed out the final two innings and notched three strikeouts to earn his first save as the Bulldogs improve to 4-0. The Toreros fall to 7-4.
Brown was opposed by junior Josh Butler who came in with a 3-0 mark and had not allowed a run in 20 innings this season. He carried a shutout to the sixth. Bulldog junior Josh Morris drew a leadoff walk and went to second on a wild pitch. Then, Butler struck out Bobby Felmy and got Jason Jacobs to fly out. Ryan Peisel drew a walk and he got ahead of designated hitter Matt Robbins 1-2. However, Robbins smacked a single to right field and Morris slid home for the game’s lone run.
San Diego leadoff hitter Steve Singleton, who went 2-for-4, was the only Torero to reach second base on the night, and that came in the first inning after a sacrifice bunt. The only other hit allowed came in the sixth by centerfielder Justin Snyder. In that frame, Felmy made a nifty catch on a foul ball down the right field line and flipping over into the bullpen to bring the crowd of 1,535 to its feet.
“This was a classic, two great pitchers going at it, and Brooks (Brown) was a little sharper tonight,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “We put more pressure on (Josh) Butler early and finally got a run in the sixth, but he made some good pitches when we had runners in scoring position. Both guys had three pitches working tonight. After we got the lead, Brooks gave us one more inning which was huge and then we could turn it over to Joshua (Fields). It really shortens the game when you know you have a guy like Joshua who can come in and close it out for you.”
The last time Georgia earned a 1-0 victory was in 2004 versus third-ranked LSU in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Prior to tonight, the last 1-0 game at Foley Field was in 2001 when the Bulldogs blanked Charleston Southern.
Bulldog junior Jonathan Wyatt maintained his .500 batting average for the season by going 2-for-4 as Butler and Anthony Slama limited the Bulldogs to five hits. Butler (3-1) went six innings and gave up one run on four hits with five walks and four strikeouts. Slama struck out four over the final two innings.
USD coach Rich Hill was ejected after the final out in the top of the seventh. Designated hitter Kevin Harven was called out on strikes by the first base umpire on a check-swing appeal, prompting Hill to come out of the dugout.
The series continues Saturday at 2 p.m.