Highlights from Friday's Georgia vs. Kentucky baseball game.
May 16, 2014
ATHENS-----For the second straight day, Kentucky posted a combined shutout over Georgia, beating the Bulldogs 10-0 Friday to clinch an SEC series at Foley Field.
Despite the loss, Georgia (25-28-1 overall, 10-18-1 SEC) remains a half game ahead of Auburn for the final spot in the 12-team SEC Tournament that begins next Tuesday. Auburn fell to eight-ranked LSU on Friday, 11-3. Meanwhile, the Wildcats move to 32-21 (14-15 SEC).
"We're not having very good at bats, and really we're not doing anything well, pitching, hitting or defense lately," said Georgia coach Scott Stricklin. "We don't want to back in to the SEC Tournament on a losing streak. Last week, we played Ole Miss on the road very tough and had a chance to win that series, but these last three games we've haven't looked like the same team."
Kentucky junior A.J. Reed's two-run homer started off the scoring in the top of the first, and the Wildcats tacked on two more in each of the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth innings. Kentucky's 2-3-4 hitters (Max Kuhn-Reed-Ka'ai Tom) went a combined 7-12 with two home runs, three doubles, six RBIs and five runs. Kuhn hit his seventh home run of the season in the sixth inning. Reed leads the nation with 22 home runs.
Kentucky's Andrew Nelson (2-5) notched the win after holding the Bulldogs scoreless for 3.2 innings, giving up two hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Wildcat starter Kyle Cody also pitched 4.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks with a strikeout. David Sosebee (1-4) picked up the loss for Georgia after lasting four innings and giving up four runs (three earned) on three hits, four walks and a strikeout. The Bulldogs employed five pitchers Friday, and sophomore David Gonzalez was the only one to not surrender a run, pitching a scoreless ninth.
Left-fielder Conor Welton extended his team-leading seven-game hitting streak with a two-out single in the ninth inning. Georgia managed six hits on the night with sophomore Daniel Nichols and freshman Mike Bell, both collecting two hits apiece.
The Bulldogs and Wildcats finish the series on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Foley Field. Georgia will start freshman right-hander Robert Tyler (5-4, 2.57 ERA) while the Wildcats have not announced a starter between either right-hander Chandler Shepherd (5-3, 3.68 ERA) or left-hander Dylan Dwyer (5-3, 5.24 ERA. The Bulldogs will honor their five seniors before the game.