(Photo: Tuscaloosa News)
Georgia advanced past LSU on Tuesday thanks in part to Chaney Rogers’ 3 RBI double in the 1st inning which would ultimately be the deciding factor in the game.
Game One vs LSU
Luke Wagner got into some trouble early as LSU loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the 1st, but Luke was able to get out of the jam only allowing one run thanks to a double play and a strike out. He would go 3 1/3 innings allowing 6 hits and only the one run on the day.
Georgia would respond in a big way in the bottom half of the 1st, picking up 4 runs on 3 hits. Ben Anderson doubled to lead off the game, Cole Tate then singled. After a groundout to move Anderson to third and a walk to Corey Collins, Riley King beat out an almost-inning-ending double play to score a run. LSU’s Landon Marceaux then walks another before Chaney Rogers drives in 3 with a double to the right field corner.
It would be all pitching from there on out. Marceaux would go the entire way, giving up just the 4 runs on 9 hits, 3 walks, and 9 strikeouts. For Georgia, Jaden Woods was phenomenal, going 3 2/3 hitless innings and striking out 5. Ben Harris got out of a bases loaded jam in the 8th to hold the lead and Jack Gowen closed it out and recorded the save for the Bulldogs.
W: Jaden Woods (4-1)
L: Landon Marceaux (6-5)
S: Jack Gowen (1)
Preview for Game Two vs Arkansas
Georgia will face the regular season champs in the second round of the SEC tournament on Wednesday at 5:30 pm. The Razorbacks won all eight of their SEC series this year, including taking two out of three against Georgia at the beginning of this month. Although Arkansas did end up winning the rubber match, Georgia was leading until the 6th inning where they would lose the lead and eventually the game.
This will not be the normal Arkansas team as they gear up for the NCAA regionals next week. Kevin Kopps, the SEC pitcher of the year and First Team All-SEC reliever, will likely not see action at all in Hoover according to Dave Van Horn. The Hogs finished the year with a record of 42-14.