This is the second consecutive year the Bulldogs have won a series over the Gamecocks and the first series win in Columbia since 1994. Georgia improved to 18-10 overall, 5-3 in the SEC while USC fell to 18-9 (4-4 SEC). Also of note, the Bulldogs won their first SEC road series over a top 10 team since 2006 when they won two of three over third-ranked Mississippi State. Last weekend, Georgia swept Tennessee in Knoxville.
In the second game of the series in front of a sellout crowd of 8,242, Georgia jumped ahead 2-0 in the first, getting RBI-singles from Jared Walsh and Kieboom off USC starter Reed Scott. In the second inning, Georgia extended its lead to 4-0 as Skyler Weber delivered an RBI-single and Zack Bowers executed a safety squeeze bunt. The Gamecocks pushed across a run in the fourth on a two-out RBI-single by Gene Cone off junior left-hander Ryan Lawlor to make it 4-1. Georgia went to the bullpen to start the fifth and senior Zach Waters recorded two outs and two walks before the Bulldogs looked to junior Sean McLaughlin. Jordan Gore had a 13-pitch at bat before drawing a walk to load the bases for DC Arendas. McLaughlin came back to strike him out to maintain the three-run edge.
“We found a way to win the first two in the series, and it was a great day for the Georgia Bulldogs,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “We had 15 walks in the first game; I’ve never seen that and we still won. Overall, it was a gutty performance by everybody, and we scratched a few runs across all day. As a coach, you hope for a bigger cushion, but the guys came through in both games. I thought it was important to get an early lead in the second game and that took the crowd out of it.”
The series concludes Sunday with first pitch slated for 1:35 p.m. (SEC Network+).