LEXINGTON, KY. — Georgia emerged with a 7-6 win over No. 8 Kentucky Saturday to even the Southeastern Conference series.
The Bulldogs (10-18, 1-7) notched their first SEC win of the year when junior Dylan Cole recorded the final four outs for his 11th career save and first for Georgia. He spent his first two years at Furman and sat out last season as a transfer. His younger brother, Hunter, went 2-for-5 with an RBI as the Bulldogs collected 10 hits.
Georgia erased a 1-0 deficit by getting two runs in the fifth, sixth and three more in the seventh. The Wildcats (20-6, 5-3) rallied for three runs in the eighth and got a one-out double in the ninth before Cole closed it out.
Junior left-hander Patrick Boling earned the win, pitching 5 2/3 innings to move his record to 2-3. Boling and the Bulldogs responded to the first big scoring threat by the Wildcats in the second.
Georgia took a 2-1 advantage in the fifth when it loaded the bases with nobody out. Jerad Grundy got Cole to bounce into a double play but a run scored. With two outs, Kyle Farmer made it 2-1 with an RBI-double.
In the sixth, senior Curt Powell added a two-run double to give Georgia a 4-1 advantage.
In the seventh, Ward scored on a base hit by Cole and then went to second on an errant throw. Cole advanced to third on a balk. Kentucky brought the infield in and Shepherd got Farmer to ground out and keep Cole at third.
Walsh was hit by a pitch to bring up Brett DeLoach, who then managed an RBI on a fielder’s choice. After a walk to Daniel Nichols, J.T. Phillips came through again with an RBI-single to make it 7-3.
Kentucky closed it to 7-6 in the eighth with four hits including three doubles. In the ninth, J.T. Riddle collected his fourth hit of the day as the Wildcats looked to rally again. However, Cole struck out Kyle Barrett and got Phil McConkey to line one back to him and he threw to first to give the Bulldogs the victory.
The rubber game of the SEC series will be today at 1 p.m. The Bulldogs will start senior right-hander Bryan Benzor (1-1, 5.57 ERA) and the Wildcats will counter with junior left-hander Cory Littrell (3-0, 2.56 ERA).