College baseball: Backed by eighth-inning grand slam, Georgia takes series vs. No. 4 Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Powered by an eighth-inning grand slam by Mitchell Webb and seven strong innings by Kevin Smith, Georgia defeated fourth-ranked Kentucky 6-3 on Sunday to clinch the SEC series win.
Smith registered a save in Friday’s win over the Wildcats and then limited the league’s top offense to a pair of runs on eight hits with six strikeouts over seven innings Sunday for his third victory of the year. Redshirt junior Drew Moody took care of the final two frames to secure the win.
Georgia (19-29, 7-17 SEC) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a leadoff home run by sophomore second baseman LJ Talley. It was his second of the year and came on his 20th birthday. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with one out in the third, but the Wildcats turned a double play to keep it a one-run contest. In the third, Kentucky got a pair of two-out doubles to tie the contest.
In the seventh, junior Riley Mahan lifted a solo home run to center field, his team-leading 10th of the year, to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead. Georgia responded in the eighth off Kentucky closer Logan Salow, who had allowed just two earned runs all year. Freshman Tucker Bradley got the inning started with a bunt single and then freshman Cam Shepherd put down his first sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Michael Curry got ahead in the count 3-0 and on a 3-2 pitch laced a game-tying RBI-double. Keegan McGovern drew a walk and Talley followed with an infield single to load the bases. Webb stepped up and crushed his first career grand slam and a 6-2 advantage. The Wildcats pushed across in the ninth for the final.
“It was great to win the series here. I was trying to get the ball in the air and get one of the runs in [when I came up with the bases loaded], and I put a good swing on it and it felt good," Webb said. "I haven’t hit a grand slam since high school, and today’s was the coolest thing I’ve done.”
Kentucky dropped to 32-16 overall and 15-9 in the SEC. Salow fell to 2-5, spoiling a fine start by Justin Lewis who allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings.