In its first home game in nearly a month, Georgia handed No. 7 South Carolina a 3-1 loss behind a complete game effort from sophomore Ryan Lawlor.
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Ryan Lawlor (18) during Georgia's game against SEC opponent South Carolina at Foley Field on Friday, May2, 2014 in Athens, Ga.
Lawlor and the Bulldogs (22-22-1, 8-13-1 Southeastern Conference) held the Gamecocks (34-12, 12-10 SEC) to just three hits and a run in earning their fourth Southeastern Conference series-opening win of the season. Georgia victory snapped a season-long eight-game losing streak, all on the road. Friday marked Georgia‚Äôs first home game since April 12.
In his 12th start this season, Lawlor (4-4) earned the victory, facing only two batters over the minimum. The win also marked the third time this season, and third in his past four starts that Lawlor has gone the distance. He struck out six and only allowed one Gamecock past second base. The home run he surrendered was just the second all season.
Jordan Montgomery (6-4) pitched well but got the loss going seven innings and allowing seven hits and three runs, only one of which was earned.
Conor Welton was 2-for-4 with two hits and Hunter Cole and Nelson Ward each had an RBI. Skyler Weber had two hits.
The series continues at 1 p.m. Saturday. The game airs on CSS.
Three Bulldogs homer in win over Wildcats
Alex Hugo, Tina Iosefa and Katie Browne each hit a homerun to lead No. 16 Georgia in a 5-1 win over No. 10 Kentucky Wildcats Friday.
Chelsea Wilkinson (25-7) got start and the win for the Bulldogs, throwing her 20th complete game of the year. She allowed just one run on four hits and struck out ten batters in her complete game performance.
Georgia (40-12, 13-9 Southeastern Conference) notched five hits, but three of them were long balls. Hugo and Browne each hit two-run home runs, while Iosefa had a solo shot. Samantha LaZear had the other two hits for the Bulldogs.