Drew Moody pitched 2.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts Saturday.
April 26, 2014
NASHVILLLE-----Georgia scored seven runs in the ninth but its rally fell short Saturday, falling 12-9 to 25th-ranked Vanderbilt in game one of an SEC series at Hawkins Field.
Four early Bulldog errors helped the Commodores build a 12-0 advantage before Georgia spoiled a shutout bid with a pair of runs in the eighth. The Bulldogs mounted a furious rally in the ninth and left the bases loaded when the Commodores secured the final out. Vanderbilt moved its record to 31-12 overall, 9-10 in the SEC. The Bulldogs lost their sixth straight to fall to 21-20-1 overall and 7-11-1 in the SEC.
The final four innings of the contest were completed Saturday after play was stopped going to the bottom of the fifth inning Friday due to a power outage with the outfield lights. Ultimately, Friday's action was halted, when after nearly two hours, it was determined the issue would not be resolved until close to midnight.
In the second inning Friday, Vanderbilt erupted for seven runs on five hits, and the Commodores were aided by three Bulldog errors. Commodore ace Tyler Beede (6-5) pitched five scoreless innings and allowed just two hits with seven strikeouts to notch his sixth victory of the season. After the top of the fifth, all three banks of lights in the outfield went out. After about an hour, one bank of lights in right field returned but the other two remained dark.
Bulldog sophomore left-hander Ryan Lawlor was lifted in the second inning with only two of the seven runs he surrendered ending up earned. He was tagged with the loss to drop to 3-4. In the fourth, the Commodores added three runs on four hits off David Gonzalez and only one of those was earned. The Bulldogs made their fourth error of the contest in that frame. Vince Conde had a two-run single and Jason Delay notched an RBI-double to account for the key hits that extended the Commodores lead to 10-0. In the fourth with two outs, junior right-hander Luke Crumley registered the final out and then returned Saturday when play resumed. He allowed a pair of runs before giving way to freshman Drew Moody who finished the game, tossing 2.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
Georgia junior shortstop Nelson Ward extended his hitting streak to eight games with a leadoff single in the second. The Bulldogs put runners at the corners with two outs in that inning, and freshman right fielder Skyler Weber worked the count full before Beede struck him out. In the eighth, Georgia ended the shutout as Jess Posey got an RBI groundout and Ward collected a run-scoring triple.
In the ninth, Georgia scored seven runs on four hits as the Commodores made two errors. Five Bulldogs had RBI in the final frame including a run-scoring double from Ward and a sacrifice fly by Posey. DJ Smith had two hits and RBI in the ninth.
The second game of the series will begin at 4:05 ET Saturday and be televised by CSS.