After winning the opening game of the series Thursday on ESPNU, the No. 21 Tennessee Volunteers dropped the last two contests in Athens, Ga., losing Friday 4-1 and Saturday 7-4 to the Georgia Bulldogs at Foley Field.
"I'm very disappointed," head coach Dave Serrano said in a university release. "We got beat on the road; the series taken from us. I give credit to them because they made pitches when they had to, executed offensively when runners were in scoring position and they took advantage of every opportunity we gave them.
"They didn't have to do a whole lot to win the series, and that's what bothers me most. It wasn't like they did anything special. They just did the things that it takes to win baseball games."
In the series finale on Saturday, Tennessee (23-11, 6-9 SEC) was out-hit 11-7 in the game. Bulldog pitcher Robert Tyler (4-2) gave up just four hits, three runs (two earned) and two walks while striking out five over six innings of work. UGA (21-14-1, 7-7-1) handed the ball over to right-hander David Sosebee, who earned his first career save with a three-inning outing, where he gave up three hits, one walk and one run.
Freshman Nick Senzel and junior Will Maddox stood out at the plate for UT, hitting .417 and .400 for the series, respectively. Senzel drove in a team-best four runs against the Bulldogs, while Maddox crossed the plate a team-high four times. Sophomore shortstop A.J. Simcox also registered a .375 clip (3-for-8) for the weekend.
Rookie Kyle Serrano (3-2) took the loss in his seventh career start, allowing six hits and three runs. Bret Marks also surrendered three runs in relief for UT.
In Game Two of the series on Friday, the Vols had three hits and scored a run in the first inning, but Georgia southpaw Ryan Lawlor settled in, allowing just two more hits and no runs from the Vols over a nine-strikeout complete game.
Freshman right-hander Hunter Martin (2-2) took the loss in one of his best outings of the season. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native kept the Vols in it with a career-best seven-inning performance. Martin allowed just four hits, including just one out of the infield, and four runs. Martin struck out three and walked none in his seventh career start. Martin retired the Bulldogs in order five times on the night.
"I thought he pitched well; he gave us a chance," Serrano said on Friday. "There were some situations where I felt he lost his focus a little bit, but I thought he gave us a chance. He didn't have his best stuff, but he gave us an opportunity to win."