Baseball Drops Extra-Inning Finale vs. Georgia
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Jared Walsh led off the ninth inning with a game-tying home run and the Georgia plated five two-out runs in the 10th inning to post a 6-1 win over Kentucky to clinch the series, on Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky (27-23, 12-14 Southeastern Conference) took a 1-0 lead into the ninth inning, with UK turning to righty Kyle Cody efforting for his first complete-game shutout. Walsh evened up the game to leadoff launching a 2-1 pitch into the videoboard beyond the leftfield fence. After Georgia reliever Sean McLaughlin (4-5) worked a shutout ninth, the Bulldogs started a two-out rally with an infield single, later loading the bases and scoring a total of five two-out runs to take a lead.
Cody turned in the best start of his career, working a career-long eight innings, allowing seven hits and one run, not issuing a walk and striking out five. After allowing the game-tying homer to leadoff the ninth inning, Cody was replaced by lefty Logan Salow. Salow got two outs, before Zach Strecker (2-2) came on in relief. Strecker suffered the loss, allowing two runs, with Zach Logue allowing two runs in the ninth and Spencer Jack allowing a run in the 10th on the three-run homer.
The Wildcats were limited to five hits in the game, with Evan White collecting UK's only two-hit game. JaVon Shelby gave UK the lead with his eighth homer of the year in the fourth inning. Ka'ai Tom and Dorian Hairston each added hits.
Georgia (24-26, 9-17 SEC) starter Robert Tyler worked five innings on a pitch count, throwing 70 pitches, allowing just two hits and one run, not issuing a walk and striking out four. Lefty Bo Tucker took over to start the sixth inning, working a scoreless inning. McLaughlin worked the final four innings to pick up the win, allowing a pair of hits, one walk and striking out two.
UK will return to action on Tuesday with its home finale on Tuesday, hosting Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m. at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Shelby started the scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning, working the count full with two outs, before belting his eighth homer of the year over the leftfield fence for a one-run lead.
Georgia tied the game on the strength of Walsh's homer to leadoff the ninth inning. The left-handed hitter laced a 2-1 offering from Cody into the videoboard beyond left-centerfield for his third homer of the year.
In the 10th inning, Georgia got a two-out infield single and a single to centerfield to end the outing for Strecker. Logue then walked the bases loaded, before allowing a two-RBI single to Daniel Nichols. Zack Bowers then put the game out of reach with a three-run homer.