May 11, 2012
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Georgia dropped to 28-22 overall, 12-13 SEC, as Alex Wood pitched his second complete game of the season and the third of his career. Wood (6-2) has pitched at least seven innings in six straight starts. Meanwhile, South Carolina improved to 38-12 overall, 17-8 in the SEC. Senior pitcher Michael Roth (5-0) recorded the win, tossing seven scoreless frames and Matt Price notched his eighth save by taking care of the ninth. Tyler Webb pitched the eighth.
The Bulldogs were led by Levi Hyams, who was 2-for-4, and tallied his fourth multi-hit game of his last seven games. Georgia put runners on base in seven of the nine innings and was 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Georgia threatened in the sixth, loading the bases with one out but Roth battled back to record strikeouts of Peter Verdin and Heath Holder. Georgia did not take advantage of five walks by Roth.
Wood made his sixth pick-off of the season in the fifth inning when he nabbed Tanner English at first base and also helped turn a double play in the contest. The first five innings of the game featured a pitching duel between Roth and Wood. Roth allowed two hits and and a total of five runners on base, while Wood gave up three hits and just three runners on base.
South Carolina went up 1-0 in the seventh inning, when LB Dantzler connected for a two-out, solo home run, his ninth of the year. The Gamecocks increased their lead to 2-0 in the eighth, when Evan Marzilli singled to right field to drive in Chase Vergason. South Carolina tacked on an insurance run in the ninth. Grayson Greiner smacked a triple to center field and was brought in on a successful suicide squeeze bunt by pinch hitter Sean Sullivan.
"Alex (Wood) did everything he could with his pitching and defense for nine innings, and we couldn't back him up," said Georgia coach David Perno. "He shut out a great team for six innings and then they got a couple and that's what great teams do. We had a huge chance in the sixth, but we haven't been able to hit with the bases loaded all year. It's haunted us, and it showed up again tonight. We're going to have to lean on Michael (Palazzone) and we'll have a fresh bullpen too, but the bottom line is, we've got to find a way to score some runs."
Georgia continues the series against South Carolina Saturday with first pitch slated for 1:05 p.m., and the game will be televised by CSS.