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BSB: UGA drops second straight at Kentucky – 9-3

Kentucky clinched the opening SEC series Saturday over Georgia with a 9-3 victory in front of a crowd of 2,893 at Proud Park.

Kentucky (16-3, 2-0 SEC) built a 3-0 lead after two innings, getting a pair of runs in the second and one in the second. Sophomore right-hander Leighton Finley got out of a jam as the Wildcats loaded the bases with one out and managed just an infield run-scoring single before leaving them loaded. Finely provided two scoreless innings after that but with his pitch count at 88, Georgia looked to graduate Daniel Padysak to start the fifth. He did not retire a batter. After issuing a pair of back-to-back walks, Ryan Nicholson laced a two-run double to make it 5-0. Then, Georgia turned to graduate Josh Roberge who took care of the Wildcats without any further damage until they added a run in the sixth and three more in the eighth.





The Bulldogs (17-3, 0-2 SEC) were held to a season-low three hits and finished 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position (RISP) while Kentucky tallied 14 hits including 5-for-10 with RISP. Senior Sebastian Murillo got Georgia’s first hit, a single in the second to put two on with one out, but the Bulldogs came up empty. Then in the fourth, graduate Paul Toetz smacked a leadoff double but was stranded there.

Georgia finally broke through in the seventh, scoring three runs on one hit including a bases-loaded walk to Condon for the first run. It was one of three walks issued to Condon Saturday who now has five in the series plus has been hit twice. Junior Slate Alford delivered a two-run single to make it a 6-3 contest. Kentucky hit a pair of home runs in the eighth for the final.

“We got to learn how to win on the road in this league because it’s really tough,” said Georgia’s Ike Cousins head baseball coach Wes Johnson. “We’re not making pitches at the right time. We’re not catching the ball at the right time or getting the hits when we need them. We didn’t strike out a bunch today, but we have to have better at bats too. Leighton (Finley) battled, and there’s some things we can build off like how he settled down in the third and fourth innings. There were some positives today. We have to be ready to rock tomorrow, play a complete game and that needs to be our mindset.”





Kentucky left-hander Dominic Niman pitched 6.2 innings with four walks and five strikeouts, allowing three unearned runs to move to 4-1 while Jackson Nove pitched the final 2.1 innings for his second save. Finley dropped to 2-1, surrendering three runs on seven hits over four innings.

The series concludes Sunday with first pitch set for 1:02 p.m. The game will be available on SECN+ and the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network.

SB: Dawgs Roll, Tide Ebbs

Sara Mosley

The fifth-ranked Georgia softball team secured its first Southeastern Conference series victory Saturday in front of a crowd of 2,308 fans at Jack Turner Stadium with a five-inning run-rule victory over Alabama, 11-3.

Dallis Goodnight provided the two-run single in the bottom of the fifth to walk off her former team. Georgia’s win streak is now eight as the Bulldogs are 23-2 on the season and 2-0 in SEC play. This is the first series win over Alabama since 2018.

Sara Mosley drove in five of Georgia’s 11 runs, which was highlighted by her first-career grand slam. Jayda Kearney and Sydney Kuma also left the yard in the game.

Kearney’s 12th home run of the season, a two-run home run, put Georgia out in front 2-0 in the first inning.

Alabama (21-5, 1-4) walked the bases full of Dogs in the bottom of the second, then Mosley knocked her first-career grand slam to widen the Bulldog lead to 6-0.

The Tide broke up Backes’ no-hit bid and shutout with one run on two hits in the top of the fourth, putting Bama on the board, 6-1.

Watch a fullscreen slideshow HERE.

Georgia answered back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, first on a Lyndi Rae Davis RBI single, then a Mosley sacrifice fly, to go back up 8-1.

Alabama scratched two runs across in the fifth to bring the lead back to five, 8-3.

A leadoff Kuma home run started the bottom of the fifth off strong, 9-3. Base hits from Sydney Chambley and Jaydyn Goodwin and a hit-by-pitch (Tyler Ellison) loaded the bases with one out. Goodnight poked a base hit through the right side to plate Chambley and Goodwin, run ruling the Tide, 11-3.

The series finale is slated for 12 p.m. on Sunday at Jack Turner Stadium. The game will air live on SEC Network.

Head Coach Tony Baldwin

On Saturday’s game

“I thought that we really got off to a good start in terms of just getting good pitches to hit and doing what we do with Georgia softball. I thought we were present, I thought we were competitive, I thought we controlled the strike zone. When we do that, we can be a pretty good offense and I think we showed that today.”

Video Highlights

Box Score

UGA Sports – Today’s Contests

University of Georgia Men’s Golf at Linger Longer Invitational

Sunday, March 17

Location:Greensboro, Ga., Great Waters Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee

University of Georgia Women’s Golf at Florida State Match Up – Day 3

Sunday, March 17

Location: Seminole Legacy Golf Club / Tallahassee, Fla.

University of Georgia Softball vs Alabama – Dad & Daughter Day #1

Sunday, March 1712:00 – 2:00pm

Location: Athens, Ga., Turner Softball Stadium

University of Georgia Softball vs Alabama – Dad & Daughter Day #1 TV: SEC Network Streaming Video: https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=bda3bbe9-2850-426d-af92-8cdc73f022d6https://admin.georgiadogs.com/calendar.aspx?game_id=24803&sport_id=13

University of Georgia Baseball at Kentucky

Sunday, March 171:00 – 4:00pm

Location: Lexington, KY

University of Georgia Baseball at Kentucky TV: SECN+ Streaming Video: https://www.espn.com/watch/player/_/id/782394ee-b66d-4845-bc71-a9b1a584b11b Streaming Audio: https://admin.georgiadogs.com/showcase?Live=4578https://admin.georgiadogs.com/calendar.aspx?game_id=24876&sport_id=1

University of Georgia Women’s Tennis vs LSU

Sunday, March 171:00 – 4:00pm

Location: Athens, Ga.

University of Georgia Women’s Tennis vs LSU Streaming Video: https://georgiadogs.com/sports/2017/6/17/sports-w-tennis-spec-rel-vid-stream-htmlhttps://admin.georgiadogs.com/calendar.aspx?game_id=24976&sport_id=21

University of Georgia Men’s Tennis at No. 10 Texas A&M

Sunday, March 172:00 – 5:00pm

Location: College Station, Texas, Mitchell Tennis Center

University of Georgia Men’s Tennis at No. 10 Texas A&M Streaming Video: https://12thman.com/sports/2017/2/16/tennis-live-videohttps://admin.georgiadogs.com/calendar.aspx?game_id=24757&sport_id=11

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