Georgia struck for eight runs in the bottom of third inning and tallied 19 hits on the way to a 13-4 victory over second-ranked South Carolina on Saturday night at Foley Field. The Gamecocks are now 29-7 and 11-3 in the SEC with Georgia improving to 19-17 and 5-9 in league play.
Georgia junior left-hander Connor Jones earned the win and is 5-2 on the year. He allowed one run on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 6.2 innings. South Carolina freshman right-hander Braden Webb suffered the loss. He is now 7-2 on the year. Webb allowed eight runs on nine hits in 2.1 innings with three walks and three strikeouts.
The Bulldogs sent 12 batters to the plate in the third inning to take an 8-0 lead. Skyler Weber singled with one out and Trevor Kieboom walked to give Georgia a pair of runners. Keegan McGovern would drive in the first run with a RBI single to center field. That was followed up by a RBI single from Michael Curry, who bounced a base hit through the left side into left field. Daniel Nichols’ RBI single to center scored McGovern and gave Georgia a three-run lead. Stephen Wrenn would lay a perfect bunt down the third base line to load the bases for the Bulldogs. LJ Talley would then drive in a pair as he knocked a single into right field. A RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Nick King and a two-run double by Skyler Weber completed the scoring for the Bulldogs in the third.
Wrenn would drive in the ninth run of the game for Georgia with a sac fly in the fourth. Michael Curry made it 10-0 Georgia in the sixth with a two-out solo homer.
Carolina would scratch across a run in the top of the seventh. John Jones walked with one out and advanced to second on Hunter Taylor’s two-out single. Jones would score on DC Arendas’ RBI base hit to center field. Georgia added a single run in the bottom of the seventh and two more in the eighth.
The Gamecocks would score three in the ninth inning. Matt Williams would be hit by a pitch with one out and Hunter Taylor doubled to left field for his second hit of the night. Arendas would drive in his second run with a RBI groundout and Gene Cone hit two-out two-run homer to right field, his second homer of the year.