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Featured DouglasNow.com file photo Keegan McGovern hit home runs 16, 17, and 18 in the first two games of the Athens Regional this weekend. The Bulldogs play in the championship game Monday, June 4, 2018, at 1 p.m.[powr-social-feed]
The Georgia Bulldogs are headed to the Athens Regional finals Monday afternoon and senior outfielder Keegan McGovern, who earlier in the week was named Third Team All America, is a big reason why. In Georgia's first two games of the regionals, McGovern homered three times, increasing his team-best home run tally to 18 on the year.
Saturday afternoon, the 'Dawgs routed the Campbell University Fighting Camels 18-5 at Foley Field in Athens. McGovern was a little late to the party; in the seventh inning, he was 0-3 with a run scored after being hit by a pitch. Georgia was up 12-5 at the time. McGovern ended his hitless game with one big swing, belting a solo home run about halfway up a light pole in right center. The shot put the Bulldogs up 13-5.
In the top of the eighth, McGovern robbed Campbell left fielder Matthew Barefoot, who was 3-3 at the time, of an extra-base hit when he made a diving catch near the left field line. Georgia would add a few more insurance runs and walk away with an 18-5 victory.
The 'Dawgs were supposed to play Troy Saturday night. Weather, however, postponed the game until Sunday afternoon. The winner would advance to the championship game Monday; the loser would face Duke, which had eliminated Campbell earlier.
Georgia defeated Troy 11-7 in what was a close game for a while. The two teams combined for seven home runs, two of which belonged to McGovern. He continued to swing a hot bat and led the way for the Bulldogs in the contest. He was 3-5 with two home runs, three runs scored, and four RBI.
The Bulldogs play at 1 p.m. Monday in the Athens Regional championship game. If needed, second game is scheduled for 5 p.m. The winner will advance to the super regionals; from there, the next stop is the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
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