Georgia Falls to #6 Mississippi State in Game One

Highlights from Georgia baseball's friday night series opener against the Bulldogs of Mississippi State.

May 12, 2017

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ATHENS, GA. --- The Georgia Bulldogs returned to action Friday afternoon where the visiting sixth-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs (33-17, 17-8) defeated the Georgia Bulldogs winning the series opener 9-3 at Foley Field.

Georgia starter Andrew Gist (2-4) navigated the potent Mississippi St. lineup carefully the first time through but ran into trouble the second time around. With two runners on and one out in the third, Mississippi State first baseman Brent Rooker launched his 20th homer of the season over the left field wall for a 3-0 lead.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs would use the long-ball again in the sixth when designated hitter Elijah MacNamee launched a two-run bomb extending the lead to five.

The visiting Bulldogs added on again in the seventh inning with three more runs, two of which came off a double by cleanup hitter Cody Brown.

Georgia reliever Shaefer Shepard fired 1.2 innings of scoreless relief without issuing a walk, bailing the Bulldogs out of more seventh inning trouble. MSU starter Konnor Pilkington (6-4) picked up the win after tossing eight innings with seven strikeouts, allowing just four hits.

After MSU added a run in the ninth, Georgia (20-30, 7-18) got on the scoreboard in the final frame. Entering the game as a pinch hitter Will Proctor was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded scoring the first run. Right fielder Tucker Bradley followed with a two-run single to bring the final tally to 9-3.

Game two of the series is set for Saturday 4 p.m. at Foley Field.

Dawg Tracks:

*Tucker Bradley (2-for-5) extended his hitting streak to a season long 10 games with an eighth inning single.
*Cam Shepherd's eighth inning double gives him a team high 14 on the season. 
*Freshman James Williams drew a ninth inning base on balls in his first career plate appearance for UGA.

Coach's Corner: Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin:

On the loss...
"It's never fun to lose especially the first game of the series. They were just better than us especially on the mound and they had some critical bats to get guys on base. We had a chance at the beginning, we had guys on base and if it had turned out differently maybe we would have gotten them in the bullpen. That's the key getting their starters out of the game early."



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