Curry clutch in series clincher
ATHENS, Ga. -- Heath Holder was brilliant in eight innings of work on the mound for the Bulldogs (11-5), taking a no-hitter into the eighth and teaming with Blakely Brown to blank Lipscomb (9-6) and allow Georgia to take a 1-0 decision on Saturday afternoon at Foley Field.
In a 0-0 draw, the Bulldogs came to bat in the bottom of the ninth inning with a chance to win. Stephen Wrenn singled with one out to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, and Keegan McGovern walked to put two on with one out. After a Daniel Nichols flyout, freshman Michael Curry came through with the game-winning single to the wall in left to clinch the series for the Bulldogs.
A pitcher's duel in the early running, Nichols recorded the only hit for either team through three innings. Lipscomb threatened in the fourth with two on and no outs, but Holder was able to escape unharmed thanks to a flyout and strikeout sandwiched around a heady play from Skyler Weber to pick a runner off at first from behind the plate.
The offenses remained quiet through the seventh inning, and Lipscomb recorded its first hit of the afternoon with a leadoff single in the eighth to end Holder's no-hit bid. He responded well, holding Lipscomb off the board courtesy of a strike-him-out, throw-him-out double play to end the frame and maintain the 0-0 tie.
Holder was lifted in favor of Blakely Brown to start the ninth inning, and Lipscomb immediately struck for a single to center off the freshman. Brown maintained his composure and kept Lipscomb off the board through the frame.
The Bulldogs mounted a rally in the ninth, using a Wrenn single with one out and a Lipscomb balk to start the threat. A walk to McGovern put two runners on before a Nichols flyout, and Curry's walk-off winner gave Georgia the 1-0 win.