ATHENS — Fourth-ranked Georgia scored seven times in the eighth to erase a two-run deficit and completed a sweep of No. 25 Mississippi State with a 10-6 win in front on 3,689 fans Sunday at Foley Field.
Georgia (19-2, 4-2 SEC) won its fifth straight game and improved to 14-0 at home. The Bulldogs earned their first sweep over Mississippi State (13-9, 2-4 SEC) since 2004.
Mississippi State scored three runs in the seventh to take a 4-2 lead and held a 5-3 advantage going into the bottom of the eighth. Levi Hyams started things off for Georgia with a one-out single followed by another single by Chase Davidson and a walk to Lyle Allen. Rich Poythress delivered a two-run single to knot the score at 5-5, and another two-run single by Joey Lewis gave Georgia a 7-5 lead.
Matt Cerione’s two-out double made it 8-5, and Bryce Massanari homered on the first pitch from Greg Houston to extend the lead to 10-5.
"We wore their starter out and made them get to their closer," said head coach David Perno. "They went to the bullpen a little earlier than they wanted, and we had good matchups against them. We were struggling to get the big hit all weekend, but fortunately we finally broke through."
Mississippi State scored a run in the ninth and had the tying run at the plate, but Jeff Walters (2-0) struck out Connor Powers to end the game.
Hyams led Georgia with three hits including a two-run home run in the fourth, and Massanari and Cerione had two hits apiece.
Sophomore Justin Grimm struck out a career-high nine batters and allowed just one run on three hits in 5.2 innings.