COLUMBIA, MO.-----Georgia and Missouri split an SEC doubleheader Saturday at Taylor Stadium with the Bulldogs taking game one 7-4, and the Tigers posting a 5-0 shutout in game two.
Friday's series opener was postponed due to rain, forcing a twinbill Saturday. In game one, Bulldog freshman Kevin Smith pitched three scoreless innings of relief and freshman catcher Michael Curry blasted two home runs to lead Georgia to a 7-4 victory.
Smith improved to 5-1 with his second win this week, striking out five and allowing just one hit over the final three frames. This past Tuesday in Athens, he pitched three scoreless innings in a combined shutout of Western Carolina. Curry leads the team and is second in the Southeastern Conference with 10 home runs. Curry has hit four home runs over a three-game span. Sophomore Mitchell Webb drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh to break a 4-4 tie. Tiger reliever Cole Bartlett surrendered three runs on four hits in two innings to fall to 3-5. Bulldog junior right-hander Robert Tyler and Tiger sophomore right-hander Tanner Houck started for their respective clubs and both got a no decision. Tyler went six innings and allowed four runs on five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts. Houck gave the Tigers five innings and was touched for three runs (one earned) on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts. The Bulldogs struck for the three runs in the first, and the Tigers got three RBI from Shane Benes to tie it by the fourth.
The rubber game of the series will be on Sunday with first pitch slated for 2:04 p.m. ET. Georgia is 25-26 overall, 9-17 in the SEC while the Tigers are 25-26 (8-18 SEC).