The Georgia baseball team was unable to avoid being swept by No. 6 LSU, as the Diamond Dogs fell to the Tigers in game three by a score of 7-6 on Sunday afternoon.
Georgia (8-13, 0-3 SEC) led 2-1 following a two-run home run by freshman Will Proctor in the fifth. However, the Tigers (16-5, 3-0 SEC) responded in their half of the frame, scoring three runs on one hit plus two bases-loaded walks for a 4-2 advantage. Bulldog freshman Aaron Schunk delivered a two-out, RBI-single in the sixth to make it a one-run contest. In the sixth, LSU scored a run without the benefit of a hit as the first three batters were hit by a pitch and then Greg Deichmann picked up a RBI with a sacrifice fly and a 5-3 lead.
Georgia had a chance to rally in the seventh, loading the bases with one out. Junior Keegan McGovern notched a RBI when he was hit by a pitch, however, Michael Curry lined into a double play, which kept the Tigers in front 5-4. LSU added a pair of unearned runs in the seventh. Georgia rallied in the ninth to make it a one-run contest as Tucker Maxwell and Cam Shepherd picked up a RBI apiece but the tying run was stranded at third.
LSU freshman Eric Walker (3-0) picked up the win, pitching six while Chase Adkins dropped to 3-1. Caleb Gilbert allowed two runs in the ninth but got his second save.
“We had some really good at-bats late in the game. We battled and competed and came up short,” said Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin. “The story today and yesterday was just giving too much away against a good team. We’re not taking advantage of our opportunities and playing clean baseball, and our opponents are, and that’s the difference. We’re starting to see some guys step up, but bottom line, we need to do it as a team.”
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