Brett DeLoach tied his career high by going 3-for-4 Saturday.
April 28, 2012
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BATON ROUGE, LA. -- Mason Katz smashed an eighth inning grand slam to lead fourth-ranked LSU past Georgia 8-4 Saturday in front of 8,607 fans at Alex Box Stadium.
For the second straight night, Georgia (24-20, 8-12 SEC) took a lead to the eighth inning only to see the Tigers (35-9, 14-6 SEC) blast their way past the Bulldogs with home runs. After Katz emptied the bases, left fielder Raph Rymes followed with a solo blast to make it 7-4. It was the first two home runs allowed by junior closer Blake Dieterich this season and just his second blown save in eight opportunities. The Tigers added one more run on a throwing error by catcher Brandon Stephens to cap the six-run outburst.
Georgia junior third baseman Curt Powell led off the game with his second home run of the year. The shot off right-hander Ryan Eades extended his hitting streak to 12 games. It marked Georgia's 16th solo home run out of the 22 it has hit on the year. In fact, the last 10 home runs hit by Georgia have been solo shots. Powell was the first Bulldog to start a game with a home run since Levi Hyams last June against Arkansas Little-Rock in the NCAA Regional in Corvallis, Ore. A couple of Tiger errors helped the Bulldogs add an unearned run for a brief 2-0 lead. However, the Tigers answered in their half of the first, scoring two runs on three hits off senior right-hander Michael Palazzone to tie the contest.
Georgia went back on top 4-2 in the third with a two-out rally. Sophomore Conor Welton was hit by a pitch and then stole second. Senior centerfielder Peter Verdin's run-scoring single gave Georgia the lead. Then an errant pickoff attempt by Eades allowed Verdin to advance to third, and he scored on a base hit by designated hitter Brett DeLoach who tied his career high with his 11th three-hit game.
Palazzone gave the Bulldogs four innings but then was lifted to start the bottom of the fifth due to a back spasm. He allowed two runs on six hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Georgia turned to freshman right-hander Pete Nagel. The freshman issued a four-pitch walk to catcher Ty Ross and then retired the next nine Tigers until surrendering a leadoff double in the eighth to Jordy Snikeris. Then, JaCoby Jones lined a double past a diving Levi Hyams at second base, and Snikeris held up at third. At that point, Georgia looked to Dieterich. His first pitch hit Arby Fields to load the bases for Katz who then connected for his team-leading eighth home run.
"LSU is a good club and when they get it going, they are tough to stop," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We did okay for seven innings, but we've got to do a little more in all phases from coaching, to the lineup. We were in good shape and then Michael can't go anymore due to back spasms and then Pete did well for a while. We had some chances to stretch our lead. That saying about when it rains it pours, well it's storming right now. We've got to come out Sunday and hopefully have a good day."
Joey Bourgeois earned the win in relief to even his record at 2-2 while Dieterich dropped to 3-3. The final game of the series will be Sunday at 2:03 p.m. ET and be televised live by ESPN2.