ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia scored two runs in the first and three more in the fourth to lift the Bulldogs (14-5, 1-0) to a 5-2 victory over Kentucky (12-5, 0-1) on Friday at Foley Field in front of a sellout crowd.
The game was each team's SEC opener. With the win, Georgia has now won its SEC opener in two out of three seasons under head coach Scott Stricklin and leads the all-time series with Kentucky 121-87-1.
After two outs to start the bottom of the first inning, a Keegan McGovern double sparked a two-run first inning for the Bulldogs. Freshman Michael Curry singled to left to drive in McGovern and senior Daniel Nichols followed suit with an RBI double off the left-field wall.
Georgia added three more in the fourth inning behind the crafty baserunning of Nichols. The designated hitter stole second with one out and evaded the tag with an acrobatic play at home to give Georgia the 3-0 advantage. Mitchell Webb's single drove in Nichols while an LJ Talley single brought Patrick Sullivan around to score. Skyler Weber capped the scoring in the fourth with a sacrifice fly to bring in Webb.
Kentucky cut into Georgia's lead in the fifth inning behind two singles and two walks, but Georgia starter Robert Tyler earned a popout and a strikeout to limit the Wildcats to two runs.
Tyler (2-1) earned the victory after pitching five innings of two-run ball, allowing two hits and seven walks while striking out six. Junior Drew Moody pitched three innings of scoreless relief and struck out a career-high six batters in the process. Georgia sophomore Bo Tucker entered in the 9th inning and crushed any chance of a Wildcat comeback with a six-pitch save.
Kentucky's Zack Brown (1-3) was credited with the loss following a line of five runs (all earned) in eight innings pitched with eight hits, one walk and seven strikeouts.