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Following their series win against Mississippi State last weekend, Georgia opened up their second SEC series with a win against Kentucky on Friday night by a score of 4-2. The Bulldogs improve to 18-4 (3-1 SEC) and Kentucky drops to 15-8 (0-4 SEC).
Jonathan Cannon continued his dominance, going seven innings and allowing two earned runs on just four hits. He also struck out six and did not walk a batter. Jonathan is off to an incredible start this season, he’s 5-1 with an ERA of a minuscule 1.96 and only walked one batter in 41.1 innings pitched. The junior from Alpharetta, GA has three shutouts in six starts and his only loss was to Georgia Tech a few weekends ago.
Cannon pretty much cruised until the seventh inning where he encountered some resistance from the Kentucky offense. Cannon reached the 90-pitch mark with two outs and the tying run at the plate and he was beginning to look fatigued. But he was able to muster the energy to blow a fastball by Kentucky right-fielder Adam Fogel to preserve the two-run lead.
Josh McAllister put the offense on his back for the Bulldogs, driving in two runs on his moonshot to left field in the fifth inning. He was the only Georgia batter with more than one RBI. The team as a whole had seven total hits and walked eight times but also struck out twelve times. The strikeouts haven’t been as much of an issue as I anticipated in the preseason but as we begin to face tougher competition, they’ll need to bring the K’s down and figure out how to manage to get runs across the plate when in scoring position.
Georgia will send right-hander Garrett Brown (0-0, 4.50) to the mound to face Kentucky’s Darren Williams (2-0, 0.48) on Saturday in Lexington.