With the victory, the Red and Black-clad Bulldogs took all three games in the weekend series. The 25th-ranked Maroon and White-clad Bulldogs drop to 13-9 and 2-4 in league play. Meanwhile, Georgia improves to 19-2 overall, 4-2 in league play and 14-0 at home this season.
In the Georgia eighth inning, Levi Hyams and Chase Davidson started things with back-to-back one-out base hits. After a walk loaded the bases, Rich Poythress tied the contest 5-5 with a two-run single. Joey Lewis followed with a two-run single, to place Georgia on top 7-5. After the second out was recorded, MSU reliever Chad Crosswhite was chased by an RBI-double from Matt Cerione.
New pitcher Greg Houston was then touched for a two-run home run by Bryce Massanari.
In the ninth inning, MSU received singles from Ryan Duffy, Scott DeLoach and Jet Butler to load the bases. Grant Hogue drew a bases-loaded walk to create the final margin. A strikeout ended the contest with MSU leaving the bases loaded.
MSU stranded 12 base runners each of the three series defeats.
The contest opened as a pitcher’s duel. Georgia’s Justin Grimm struck out nine batters in 5-2/3 innings of work. MSU starter Forrest Moore allowed five hits and two runs (both earned) in four innings of work.
MSU scored first in the fourth inning on an RBI-single by DeLoach. UGA answered in its half of the inning with a two-run home run by Hyams.
M-State then battled back for a 4-2 lead by scoring three times in the seventh inning. Connor Powers had an RBI-double to tie the game 2-2. Russ Sneed was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded to place the visiting Bulldogs in the lead. An RBI-single by Duffy ran the advantage to 4-2.
UGA cut the deficit in half when Cerione touched Crosswhite for a solo home run in the seventh inning. For the series, UGA scored 11 of its 19 runs on two-out home runs.
The Bulldogs increased the lead to 5-3 in the eighth inning on an RBI-single by Connor Powers. However, that lead would be short-lived.
MSU finished with 11 hits. .Duffy had three hits, while DeLoach and Connor Powers each added multiple hits. Georgia finished with 14 hits. Hyams had three hits, while Cerione and Massanari each had mutiple hits.
Jeff Walters (2-0) pitched the final 1-2/3 innings to garner the win for UGA. Crosswhite (0-2) pitched 3-2/3 innings in taking the defeat.
MSU returns to the road Tuesday night for a contest at South Alabama. The Bulldogs and Jaguars have a 6 p.m. start time. MSU then returns home for a 6:30 p.m. start Wednesday against Memphis.