Georgia - Florida Halted In Ninth
May 2, 2009
ATHENS - Friday's game between No. 6 Georgia and No. 17 Florida was suspended due to rain in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied at 9-9. The game will resume 30 minutes after the conclusion of Saturday's regularly scheduled game at 1 p.m.
The Bulldogs' Lyle Allen singled with one out and pinch hitter Robbie O'Bryan faced a 0-1 count against Florida's Patrick Keating when the game was stopped at 10:43 p.m.
Georgia jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the second inning, but Florida rallied to tie it in the eighth.
All nine Georgia starters had at least one hit including Matt Cerione, Rich Poythress, Joey Lewis and Levi Hyams and Allen with two apiece. Lewis had a two-run home run and Bryce Massanari hit a grand slam in the first inning.
Florida threatened in the first inning as the Gators loaded the bases with no outs, but Trevor Holder got Josh Adams to pop up, then Avery Barnes was thrown out at home on a fielder's choice and Brandon McArthur struck out to end the inning.
Georgia loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning as Matt Cerione reached on an error and Colby May and Poythress singled to set up a grand slam by Massanari. Peter Verdin and Hyams had back-to-back two out singles, then Miles Starr drove in a run with a squeeze bunt to give Georgia a 5-0 lead. The Bulldogs added another run on an RBI single by Cerione. It was the seventh straight game in which the Bulldogs scored in the first inning.
Georgia added a pair of runs in the second as Massanari was hit with two outs, then Joey Lewis blasted the next pitch to left field for his 14th home run and the Bulldogs led 8-0 after two innings.
Preston Tucker gave Florida its first run of the game on a two-out solo home run to right field in the third, then the Gators cut the lead to four on back-to-back home runs in the fourth by Mike Mooney and Avery Barnes. Another two-run blast by Jonathan Pigott with two outs in the fifth got Florida to within 8-6, and a two-out RBI single by Adams in the sixth made it 8-7.
Georgia added a run on a two-out single by Hyams that scored Lewis from second in the seventh inning, pushing the lead to 9-7, but Florida came back to tie it with two runs in the top of the eighth.
Trevor Holder allowed six runs on 10 hits in five innings, and Dean Weaver was Georgia's pitcher when the game was halted. Will Harvil, Jeff Walters and Justin Earls also saw action.
The two teams will play the regularly scheduled second game of the series Saturday at 1 p.m. Alex McRee (4-0, 3.07 ERA) will face Florida's Anthony DeSclafani (4-1, 3.02 ERA), and the game will be televised by CSS.