COLUMBIA, MO. | Missouri salvaged the final game of a Southeastern Conference series with visiting Georgia Sunday, posting a 4-2 decision at Taylor Stadium.
The Tigers (14-16) got a complete game from senior Eric Anderson (1-2), his first as he registered a career-high 12 strikeouts. Missouri took a 1-0 lead in the first. Anderson, who also served as the designated hitter, led off with a single and advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt by junior left-hander Jarrett Brown. Shortstop Josh Lester moved Anderson to third on a sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, catcher Dylan Kelly lined an RBI-single to left field. Four of the first six Tigers reached base in the inning, however the Bulldogs held them to just one run. The Tigers extended their advantage to 4-0 in the second, scoring three runs on one hit, two walks plus a pair of Bulldog miscues.
In the bottom of the third, Georgia lifted Brown in favor of David Sosebee and also put in Zack Bowers at catcher and Heath Holder at first base. Brown was making his first start after 52 career relief appearances. He allowed four runs on three hits with two walks in two innings and fell to 1-1. Sosebee provided sterling relief, going four scoreless frames with three strikeouts. Senior right-hander Dylan Cole came on to start the seventh and took care of the final two innings.
Anderson retired the first 10 he faced before junior third baseman Hunter Cole smacked a one-out double in the fourth, his team-leading 12th of the year. With two outs, junior Nelson Ward delivered a run-scoring single to cut the deficit to 4-1. For Ward, it was his team-best 21st RBI on the year. Georgia got another two-out run in the fifth courtesy of freshman Mike Bell‚Äôs first career home run. The blast over the left field fence closed the gap to 4-2. In the eighth, Georgia loaded the bases with two outs for Ward, and Anderson got him to ground out to maintain the Tigers lead.
The Bulldogs (18-13-1) travel to 15th-ranked Clemson (20-9) for a 6:30 p.m. game Tuesday. The game will be televised by CSS.
WOMEN‚ÄôS TENNIS NOTCHES
FOURTH STRAIGHT SHUTOUT
BATON ROUGE, LA. | The No. 2 Georgia women‚Äôs tennis team picked up its fourth shutout in a row, beating No. 54 LSU 4-0 Sunday.
The Tigers and Bulldogs played singles first due to the threat of rain and Georgia (17-3, 10-1 Southeastern Conference) won by forfeit at court six. With a 1-0 lead, No. 21 Maho Kowase topped Abigail Owens 6-0, 6-2 to improve to 31-5 on the season. Later, Kate Fuller beat Gabrielle Otero 6-3, 6-0 to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 advantage. Georgia‚Äôs No. 19 Silvia Garcia clinched the Georgia win with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Noel Scott. Garcia now leads the team with four match clinchers.
Lilly Kimbell‚Äôs and Caroline Brinson‚Äôs matches were suspended when the match was clinched. Doubles was not played because Georgia clinched the match with four wins during singles play.
The Bulldogs host to a pair of SEC matches next weekend in its final weekend of the regular season against No. 5 Alabama at 5 p.m. Friday and No. 21 Auburn 1 p.m. Sunday.
BULLDOGS BLANK TIGERS ON SENIOR DAY
The eighth-ranked Georgia men‚Äôs tennis team concluded its regular season home schedule with a 4-0 victory over LSU Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
The Bulldogs (14-6, 9-1 SEC) finished the regular season undefeated at home for the second straight year and will enter the final weekend of SEC play tied with Texas A&M atop the league standings.
The win also gave Georgia coach Manuel Diaz 599 for his career. With one more win, Diaz will join just eight other coaches in NCAA Division I history with 600 career victories.
The Bulldogs won the doubles point for the eighth straight time to take the early 1-0 lead. At No. 3, Eric Diaz and Austin Smith led 6-4, but LSU‚Äôs Harrison Kennedy and Andrew Korinek rallied to win 8-6. Georgia answered at No. 2 where Brasseaux and Nathan Pasha edged Justin Butsch and Chris Simpson, 8-7(4), then Pieters and Ben Wagland outlasted the No. 70 team of Eric Perez and Tam Trinh, 8-7(5) to clinch the point.
Austin Smith won his 31st singles match of the season, 6-2, 6-3 over No. 77 Simpson at No. 1, then Pieters notched his fourth straight win at No. 6, 6-2, 6-2 against Busch to extend Georgia‚Äôs lead to 3-0. Sophomore Nick Wood then provided the clincher with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Kennedy at No. 5.
Matches at Nos. 2, 3 and 4 were suspended when the match was clinched. Brasseaux and Wagland won first sets at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively.
The Bulldogs will close out the regular season with matches at Alabama on Friday and Auburn on Sunday.
BULLDOGS FALL AT AUBURN
AUBURN, ALA. | A goal for Tori Ball just 34 seconds into the second half was the difference as the Georgia soccer team fell 1-0 on the road at Auburn in spring exhibition action on Sunday.
The loss drops the Bulldogs to 3-2 on the spring with two games to play.
The teams played to a scoreless first half in steady rain before Ball‚Äôs tally just after the intermission broke the tie, and Georgia was unable to find the equalizer.
Georgia returns home next weekend for its annual alumni game, at 10 a.m. Saturday.