April 1, 2012
ATHENS, Ga.--- The 10th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats used a 16-hit attack to defeat No. 25 Georgia 11-2 Sunday to take an SEC series.
Kentucky (27-2, 7-2 SEC) had a four-run inning in the second off an RBI single by Michael Williams and a three-run, bases clearing double by Thomas McCarthy. Kentucky built an 8-1 advantage by the fifth. Georgia (18-11, 4-5 SEC) got a run in the first inning as Conor Welton and Kyle Farmer reached on singles and Brett DeLoach drove in the run with a fielder's choice. Freshman Hunter Cole knocked a double to right in the fourth, increasing his hitting streak to 12 games. Cole also hit a solo homerun in the eighth, his team leading sixth on the year. The freshman went 5-12 with two homeruns this weekend against the Wildcats.
Georgia outfielder Peter Verdin, second baseman Levi Hyams, and centerfielder Nelson Ward made great defensive plays ending potentially big innings. Kentucky pitcher Corey Littrell received the win (4-0, tossing 7.2 innings, giving up one run on eight hits while recording five strikeouts. Michael Palazzone (0-3) got the loss and gave up eight runs in five innings. Georgia's bullpen featured Chase Hawkins, Jay Swinford, Ben Ancheff, and Jarrett Brown as they combined to limit the Wildcats to three runs on five hits over the final four innings.
"We're not playing very well and I take the blame for that," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We have to execute better in certain situations, and we will be fine because this is a momentum game. It's about grabbing momentum and feeding of each other. When we make a great play in right field that turns into a double play, we need to rally behind that, but we aren't doing that. We load the bases after that and score one run. The bad is as contagious as the good, and we're in a bad place right now. We had bases loaded twice and we only got one run. We have to find a way to work through it and find a way to make this team win like they are capable of."
Kentucky centerfielder Austin Cousino went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI and J.T. Riddle went 3-for-4 with four runs, a home run and two RBI to lead the Wildcats.
The Bulldogs go on the road and face Western Carolina on Tuesday, first pitch at 5 p.m.