Georgia hit four solo home runs including a pair of back-to-back homers in the eighth inning by Daniel Nichols and Stephen Wrenn on the way to a 5-3 victory over second-ranked South Carolina in the rubber game of a three-game SEC baseball series. The Gamecocks are now 29-8 and 11-4 in the SEC, tied for first place with Florida. Georgia moves to 20-17 and 6-9 in league play.
Tied at 3-3 entering the bottom of the eighth, Nichols lifted a 2-2 pitch that just cleared the right field wall to give Georgia a one-run lead. Wrenn followed with a solo homer over the left field wall that put Georgia ahead 5-3.
Georgia reliever Drew Moody hurled three scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win. He is 1-3 on the year. South Carolina left-hander Josh Reagan suffered the loss and is now 1-1 for the season. He allowed two runs on three hits in 1.2 innings. He has allowed just three runs on the year.
South Carolina struck for a run in the top of the first inning. Gene Cone led off with a walk followed by a single to center field by Jonah Bride. John Jones would then deliver as he knocked a 2-1 pitch into left field for a RBI single.
Georgia tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the second inning. LJ Talley reached base on a two-out single and scored on a double from Mitchell Webb into the gap in right-center just out of the reach of a diving Dom Thompson-Williams.
Carolina regained the lead in the third inning. Gene Cone singled to open the frame and scored on Alex Destino’s RBI double over the head of Georgia right fielder Skyler Weber. The Bulldogs would tie it at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out solo homer to right field off the bat of Weber, his second homer of the year.
Both teams traded runs in the seventh inning. Cone led off the frame with a single and scored on a two-out RBI single by Destino to center field. It was Destino’s second RBI of the afternoon. Webb would drive in his second run of the day in the bottom half of the seventh with a solo homer to right field, his second homer of the year.
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