Seventh-ranked South Carolina defeated Georgia 5-2 to even a Southeastern Conference series Saturday in front of a soldout crowd at Foley Field.
South Carolina (35-12, 13-10) starter Jack Wynkoop (6-3) picked up the win as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk. Cody Mincey came in for relief and pitched 2 2/3 innings allowing no runs on four hits. Closer Joel Seddon secured the final out of the ballgame to notch his SEC-leading 13th save of the season.
Bulldog freshman starter Robert Tyler pitched well for 4 2/3 innings but was forced out of the game due to a high pitch count of 103. Tyler allowed two runs on three hits and four walks to go along with his seven strikeouts. Ross Ripple came in for a relief appearance and was handed the loss, dropping his record to 2-1. Ripple pitched two innings, allowing two runs on one hit and three walks. Jarrett Brown and David Gonzalez both also made relief appearances. Gonzalez was unscathed, while Brown was charged with an earned run.
“It’s no secret two-out walks will kill you, and both of those scored in the seventh,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said in a release. “We had a couple of chances to answer, and we brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but credit their pitching staff. We walked nine and hit a batter, so that’s 10 free bases, and you can’t do that, especially against a good team. Sooner or later, that’s going to catch up to you. Our goal was to win this series, and we still have a chance to do that (today).”
Georgia’s offense was led by both Zach Bowers, who hit his third home run of the season, and by Stephen Wrenn, who went 3-for-4 with a walk and a run. Hunter Cole also tacked on two hits for the day.
The final game of the series begins at 1 p.m. today.
Bulldogs clinch series against Wildcats
The No. 16 Georgia softball team clinched the series against No. 10 Kentucky with a 4-1 win in front of a capacity crowd Saturday.
Highlighting the day was a two-run home run by Alex Hugo, her 22nd of the year, which puts her in a tie for first in the nation. She is now just two home runs shy of tying the single-season record at Georgia (41-12, 14-9 SEC). Geri Ann Glasco and Kaylee Puailoa also had RBIs in the game.
Glasco earned the win to improve to 16-5 on the year. She allowed one run on just two hits and three walks, while striking out three batters.
The Georgia softball program raised $4,749 for the Athens Regional Breast Health Center by selling Strike Out Cancer T-shirts and auctioning off the pink jerseys that were worn during the game.
The final game of the series begins at 1:30 p.m. today.