UGA knocks off No. 9 Mississippi State for series win
ATHENS, GA. --- Behind six scoreless innings from junior starting pitcher Chase Adkins on his birthday, Georgia claimed a series over ninth-ranked Mississippi State with a 4-1 victory Sunday at Foley Field.
Georgia (22-30, 9-18 SEC) has now won consecutive SEC series against top 10 opponents after taking two of three at Kentucky last weekend. This is the first time since 2008 that the Bulldogs have two straight series wins over top 10 foes as that year, the Bulldogs posted sweeps over No. 9 South Carolina and No. 9 Kentucky.
On Sunday, Georgia didn't waste time getting on the scoreboard after a walk and stolen base from leadoff hitter Tucker Bradley in the bottom of the first. With one out, sophomore designated hitter Michael Curry launched his team leading 10th home run of the season to left-field staking the Bulldogs to an early 2-0 lead and chasing Mississippi State starter Jacob Billingsley who recorded just one out. MSU was cautious pitching to Curry throughout the series as he had drawn six walks up to that point in 10 plate appearances.
State (33-19, 17-10 SEC) would threaten in the fourth inning with two hits, and load the bases in the fifth, but were unable to capitalize against Adkins and the Georgia defense.
The teams would trade five consecutive scoreless frames, but it was Georgia adding two insurance runs in the seventh off of Riley Self and the SEC save leader Spencer Price. A blistering double off the centerfield wall by left-fielder Keegan McGovern and a single by second-basemen L.J. Talley gave Georgia a 4-0 lead.
Freshman Tony Locey and senior Drew Moody combined for three solid innings of relief allowing just two hits. MSU would avoid a shutout, getting a sacrifice fly in the eighth as they stranded nine runners on the day.
Moody would retire State in order in the ninth inning for his second save. Georgia will be back in action at Foley Field for the final time at home this season on Tuesday against Furman with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.