From UGA Sports Communications
ATHENS, Ga. ----Georgia tied the game in the bottom of the ninth inning but fell short in the 12th inning, dropping a 4-3 decision to Mercer Tuesday night at Foley Field.
Mercer first baseman Howard Joe hit the go-ahead RBI double in the top of the 12th and Georgia (7-10) was unable to match the score in the bottom of the frame to fall to 3-6 in one-run games this season. Tuesday’s contest lasted a season-long 4:15.
“I thought we played really hard; it was a really good baseball game, we just came up one play short,” Georgia’s Ike Cousins Head Coach Scott Stricklin said. “They made one more play than we did. We played good defense, I thought we had some good performances on the mound, but the walks came and got us at the end of the game. We had every chance to win that game.”
In the ninth, the Bears (14-4) went ahead 3-2 on a bases-loaded walk however, junior Keegan McGovern hit a double and sophomore Michael Curry singled him in to tie the game and extend the game. Curry and McGovern each collected three hits (3-for-5), while Curry accounted for all three Bulldog runs.
Georgia grabbed the early lead in the first inning off of a two-run double by Curry. However, the Bears answered right back in the second with two of their own on a RBI double and a RBI single. Both team’s pitching staffs stabilized from that point forward with each blanking their opponent for six consecutive innings.
Bulldogs’ starter Drew Moody only allowed one hit after the second until right-hander Blake Cairnes relieved him to start the fifth inning. Cairnes pitched three scoreless innings with four strikeouts, while Adam Goodman added a scoreless frame.
At the other end, Mercer’s Robert Broom replaced starter Chase Burks in the fifth inning. Broom pitched out of trouble in the fifth and eighth innings but the Bulldogs capitalized in the ninth. Back-to-back hits by McGovern and Curry notched the game it at 3-all.
Georgia reliever Shaefer Shepard (0-1) received the loss, while Nick Spear (4-0) earned the win.
The Bulldogs return to Foley Field Wednesday for a 4 p.m. first pitch against Presbyterian.
- Freshman Tucker Maxwell drew a walk in the first inning, which marked the 12th consecutive game he has reached base.
-Left fielder Keegan McGovern extended his hitting streak to six games with a first-inning single.
- Freshman Cam Shepherd collected his first-career stolen base in the eighth inning.
- Freshman Tucker Bradley pitched 2.2 innings and had three strikeouts, both career-highs.
- Designated Hitter Michael Curry upped his RBI total to a team-high 20.
Coach’s Corner: Ike Cousin’s head baseball coach Scott Stricklin
On the bench energy…
“I thought our energy was great all night long, those guys were in the game from the first pitch to the last and so were they. It was an emotional game and unfortunately we came up short.”
On Wednesday’s game versus Presbyterian…
“We have to come back with more energy and find a way to get over the hump. We’re so close in these games. Losing one run games is really difficult, but we just have to keep fighting and battling and find a way to win the close ones.”