ATHENS, Ga.- On Senior Day, the Georgia Bulldogs made sure they sent their 11 veterans out a winner as they blasted 11th-ranked Ole Miss 13-2 Saturday in front of crowd of 2,047 at Foley Field.
In the first inning, a two-out RBI-single by Kevin Graham gave the Rebels an early lead. Georgia (30-23, 13-17 SEC) responded by getting a pair of run on two hits but left the bases loaded. Freshman Corey Collins tied the game with his third double of the series for his team-leading 34th RBI. Garrett Blaylock followed with a run-scoring single and a 2-1 advantage. However, Ole Miss right-hander Drew McDaniel came back to strike out Parks Harber and Riley King (2-for-3, 3 RBI) to minimize the damage. The Rebels tied the game in the second with a solo home run from Peyton Chatagnier. In the fourth, King put Georgia back in front for good at 4-2 with a two-out, two-run single.
In the fifth, Georgia extended its lead to 8-2, scoring four runs on four hits including a three-run blast by senior Garrett Blaylock (2-for-4, 4 RBI). It was his ninth home run and came off Rebel reliever Austin Miller. Georgia added two more runs off the Rebel bullpen in the sixth to make it 10-2 as King and Harber collected another RBI apiece In the frame, senior Chaney Rogers singled and scored to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 10 games. I the seventh, Anderson led off with a double and with one out, Josh McAllister (3-for-5, 3 RBI) collected his first career triple to make it 11-2. Corey Collins followed with a sacrifice fly for a 12-2 lead. McAllister made it 13-2 with an RBI-single in the eighth as Georgia tallied 17 hits on the afternoon.
Sophomore right-hander Jonathan Cannon tied his career-high with seven strong innings, allowing two runs on four hits with no walks and eight strikeouts for the win and improve to 4-2.Charlie Goldstein and Darryn Pasqua combined to take care of the eighth and Jack Gowen pitched the ninth. The Rebels fell to 38-17 overall, 18-12 in the SEC. McDnaniel allowed five runs on six hits to fall to 4-1.
Georgia will be back in action Tuesday at the SEC Tournament. The Bulldogs garnered the No. 8 seed and will play at 5:30 p.m. ET against the No. 9 seed LSU (34-21, 13-17 SEC). The winner advances to the double-elimination part of the tournament while the loser is eliminated. Georgia did not play LSU this year. They last squared off in Athens in 2019, and the Bulldogs won the series two games to one. Tuesday's game will be televised on the SEC Network and be available on the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network.
Georgia's Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin
On the game...
"Well, I had a lot of hours to think about last night's game because I did not sleep at all. I maybe slept about two hours, I would stare at the ceiling and then nod off and then wake up and just flinch. I even did it before the game started- I kind of swore under my breath a little bit and Coach (Scott) Daley went what? I was like I just had a flashback from last night. I mean it is haunting to be up 5-1 in the eighth inning- to lose like that was heartbreaking. To lose Jaden Woods and Ben Harris then all of a sudden, you're getting into Sunday, a must-win and you don't have the back end of your bullpen, but Jonathan Cannon just picked us up. It was a really good win. I think if you were betting money, you would have bet against the Dawgs. This team has proven that they are a tough team and that they can bounce back."
Jonathan Cannon, RHP, So.
On his approach today...
"Coming off a heartbreaker last night was tough. I knew today was a must-win. I knew if I came out today and did my thing, rode off the momentum from last week I'd be just fine. The offense was able to give me some run support, which allowed me to settle in and allowed me to do my thing."
Garrett Blaylock, 3B, Sr.
On if he expected the team to respond after the extra-inning loss Friday...
"Last night was tough, but you try to compartmentalize and move on from it. I feel like we did that pretty well, putting up a lot of runs showed me could do it. I just wanted to move on from last night because that was pretty tough."