ATHENS, Ga. - Seventh-ranked Georgia honored its seniors and defeated Mississippi State, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon in front of Jack Turner Stadium crowd of 1,608.
With the win, Georgia (43-10, 16-9 Southeastern Conference) evened the SEC series at 1-1 as Mississippi State (24-30, 10-17) won the series opener on Friday night, 8-6.
Saturday's victory was the 186th in the career of UGA's senior class, who was recognized prior to the contest for their contributions to the program. The eight-member senior class includes Jennie Auger, Alisa Goler, Brianna Hesson, Sarah McCloud, Katie Murphy, Laura Trout, Taylor Schlopy and Megan Wiggins.
McCloud (5-2) got the start and allowed just two MSU runs as she pitched into the fifth for the win. McCloud was relieved by Murphy for a third of an inning before freshman Morgan Montemayor came on to pitch the final 2.2 innings for the first save of her career.
Georgia scored its four runs with two in the second and two in the fourth. In the second, the first two runs came off of MSU starter Kylie Vry, who would take the loss to fall to 8-12. Hesson reached on a one-out single to right, and two batters later, junior Brittney Hubbard provided a two-out, two-run home run to straight away center. It was the fourth home run of the season for Hubbard.
In the fourth, Georgia added two more runs off of MSU reliever Misty Flesher to make it a 4-1 ballgame at the time. With Hubbard aboard on a two-out walk, Trout singled to center moving Hubbard around to third, and on the play a throwing error by MSU allowed Hubbard to score. Next, junior Ashley Pauly provided an RBI triple to right.
All three of MSU's runs came via solo home runs. Ali Bainbridge led off the third with her first of two long balls as she added a two-out solo shot in the sixth. The other home run for MSU was a leadoff homer from Heidi Shape in the fifth.
Saturday's crowd of 1,608 was the third-largest crowd this season at Jack Turner Stadium and sixth-largest home crowd in Georgia program history.
Georgia and Mississippi State return to Jack Turner Stadium for a decisive game three on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET and admission is free.