April 5, 2013
ATHENS-----Rob Zastryzny pitched a complete game seven-hit shutout to lead Missouri past the Bulldogs 4-0 in the series opener Friday at Foley Field.
Zastryzny's (2-5) gem coupled with a two-run home run from Keaton Steele paced the Tigers (10-16, 3-7 SEC). Zastrynzny did not walk a batter and struck out four as the Bulldogs failed to get a runner past second base. Georgia dropped to 11-20 overall and 1-9 in the SEC.
Bulldog junior left hander Patrick Boling (2-4) gave up just two runs and three hits in six innings of work, in his first Friday night start of the season. He also struck out five, and picked off two. Georgia also got good relief appearances from sophomores Jarret Brown and Heath Holder, each with one shutout inning of work.
In the fourth, Missouri took a 2-0 lead. Left fielder Jake Ivory singled to right and then Steele crushed a home run to left. Bulldog senior left-hander Blake Dieterich entered the game in the eighth. To open the inning he walked right fielder Dane Opel, then allowed a hit to catcher Dylan Kelly. After striking out Ivory and a bases loading intentional walk to Steele, he hit designated hitter Scott Sommerfield with a pitch, allowing another Tiger run to score. Next, with the bases still loaded, third baseman Josh Lester hit into a run scoring fielder's choice, putting Missouri up by four.
Georgia freshmen J.T. Phillips and D.J. Smith were the bright spots for the offense as they collected two hits apiece.
"If we don't get anything from the top of our order it's going to be tough to score like it was tonight," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We got four hits from the bottom, but overall we need to hit the ball on the ground, and the guys that did that had some success. Their pitcher was pretty solid, but we still had a few chances, and that's all you usually are going to get against a good one. We do have some guys pressing, and we just don't have a lot of confidence at the plate right now."
Game two of the series will be Saturday at 8:03 p.m., and it will be televised live by ESPNU.