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March 30, 2013
Big win for Dawgs
Georgia emerged with a 7-6 win over eighth-ranked Kentucky Saturday to even the SEC series at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
The Bulldogs (10-18, 1-7 SEC) 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 on the day. 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 SEC) 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 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. After a leadoff walk and a pair of singles loaded the bases, Boling battled back to strikeout the designated hitter Greg Fettes and then got Micheal Thomas to bounce into an inning-ending double play. Georgia left the bases loaded in the top of the fourth. With two outs, Jared Walsh extended his hitting streak with a double off the wall in right field. Senior catcher Brett DeLoach drew a walk and then freshman designated hitter Daniel Nichols fell behind 0-2 and came back to draw a walk. However, UK left-hander Jerad Grundy struck out J.T. Phillips to keep it a scoreless contest.
Kentucky grabbed a 1-0 lead courtesy of a bases-loaded hit by pitch in the fourth. The Wildcats loaded the bases with one out and Boling struck out Fettes for the second out. However Thomas came up and got hit for a team-high 11th time this year and it resulted in an RBI. By contrast, Georgia batters have been hit just 14 times this year.