ATHENS — Matt Cerione’s single to left field with one out in the bottom of the ninth scored Michael Demperio from second as No. 13 Georgia snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over Vanderbilt Sunday at Foley Field.
With the win the Bulldogs (34-17, 15-12) clinched a berth in the SEC Tournament.
"This is a momentum win for a lot of reasons," Georgia coach David Perno said. "It got the monkey off our back and put us on the right foot again. This was huge for us. We’ve really been a good team all year and we can’t let the last two weeks get us down. "
Demperio was hit on the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth, then stole second on an 0-1 pitch to Lyle Allen. Allen was then plunked to set up Cerione’s hit on a 3-2 count.
Cerione had two hits including hit his eighth home run of the year to left field in the bottom of the first to give Georgia its first lead of the weekend. Vanderbilt quickly answered as Curt Casali led off the second with a double then scored on a single by Aaron Westlake.