ATHENS — Senior Gunner Glad smashed a two-out, three-run home run off University of Georgia freshman Cooper Moseley in the top of the ninth to rally Kentucky past the Bulldogs 14-11 Saturday at Foley Field in Athens.
The Wildcats (31-25, 13-17 SEC) salvaged the final game of the series after falling to Georgia 8-6 Thursday and 20-0 on Friday. The Bulldogs finish the season with a 16-37 mark and 5-23 in the SEC. Freshman left fielder Brian Adams hit a grand slam and drove in six runs to pace the Kentucky offense early until the Bulldogs fought back to tie the game in the eighth.
Georgia took a 2-0 lead in the first but Adams connected for a grand slam off Bulldog sophomore Michael Palazzone. It would be part of a five-run outburst as the Wildcats surged ahead 5-2.
Georgia cut the deficit to 5-4 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. A wild pitch by Palazzone in the fourth and one by freshman Chase Hawkins in the fifth helped Kentucky extend its advantage. Palazzone allowed six runs on seven hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in four innings of work.
Hawkins did not make it out of the fifth, surrendering three runs on three hits before senior Steve Esmonde finished the inning as the Wildcats went up 9-4.
Georgia got a pair of runs back in the bottom of the fifth as Kentucky lifted Taylor Rogers in favor of Logan Darnell. Rogers allowed five runs on six hits. Down 9-6 in the sixth, Georgia tied the game with three unearned runs off Darnell.
Peter Verdin reached on an error by Glad. Sophomore Johnathan Taylor (4-for-6, 1 RBI) registered his 10th hit of the series, and after a double steal, Zach Cone’s RBI-groundout got the scoring started. Freshman Kyle Farmer (3-for-5, 1 RBI) added an RBI-double and redshirt freshman Kevin Ruiz joined the hit parade with a run-scoring single to tie it at 9-9.