Georgia avoids the sweep by Ole Miss
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia (23-25, 8-16) got a fantastic start from senior Heath Holder, who allowed only one run and three hits in seven innings of work, and the offense exploded in a 13-2 win over No. 7 Ole Miss (36-13, 14-10) on Sunday afternoon at Foley Field.
With the win, Georgia finished its school-record 22 consecutive games against ranked opponents with a mark of 8-14. The streak will come to an end Wednesday when the Bulldogs host Western Carolina.
The Bulldogs hung five runs on the board in both the fourth and sixth innings to put the game out of reach. Adam Sasser delivered the big hit in the fourth inning with a bases-clearing double to right for three RBI. Nick King launched Georgia's first grand slam since 2014 in the sixth inning, a shot over the left field wall to push the Bulldogs' lead to 9-0. King and freshman Michael Curry, who had four RBI of his own including a three-run homer, tied for the team lead in RBI on the day with four being a career high for each.
Holder breezed through the first four innings, allowing only three walks as the Bulldogs played stout defense behind him and held Ole Miss quiet on offense. Skyler Weber then doubled to lead off the bottom of the fourth, and Stephen Wrenn shot a RBI single to center to give Georgia a 1-0 lead. Curry added to the lead later in the inning with a bases-loaded infield single, spotting the Bulldogs a two-run edge. Adam Sasser capped off the big inning with a bases-clearing double to right, giving the Bulldogs a 5-0 lead through four.
Ole Miss ended Holder's no-hit bid two innings later as Tate Blackman hit a roller to the right side and beat the throw after a nice effort from LJ Talley. He was left stranded on first as Holder responded with his fifth strikeout of the game.
Georgia sealed the game in the sixth inning, using back-to-back jacks to put the contest out of reach. King stepped up in a big way with a two-out grand slam to make the score 9-0, Georgia's first grand slam since 2014, and Weber immediately followed with a homer of his own to give the Bulldogs a double-digit advantage.
The Rebels got one run back in the seventh, using a double, single and sacrifice fly to get on the board and make the score 10-1 in favor of the Bulldogs. Georgia answered right back, though, as Curry launched a three-run bomb with one out that easily cleared the wall in right-center and gave the Bulldogs a 13-1 lead.
Ole Miss added a solo homer in the ninth inning to produce the final of 13-2.
What's On Deck
The Bulldogs host the Western Carolina Catamounts on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Foley Field.