ATHENS — Tennessee answered Georgia’s six-run outburst in the bottom of the eighth with a seven-run rally in the top of the ninth to post a 14-11 victory Sunday at Foley Field in Athens.
Georgia (13-33, 3-19 SEC) trailed 7-3 going to the bottom of the eighth and grabbed a 9-7 lead, striking for six runs on six hits including a go-ahead three-run home run from sophomore catcher Carson Schilling (4-for-5, 4 RBI). The outburst started for the Bulldogs when sophomore Levi Hyams blasted his third home run of the year off Steve Crnkovich.
Then, sophomore Zack Cone smacked a double to left and P.J. Polk’s throw into second was wide of the bag and ended up down the first base line, allowing Cone to score to make it 7-5. Tennessee went to Will Locante to face Zach Taylor who drew a walk.
The Volunteers lifted Locante and brought in right-hander Matt Ramsey. After Kevin Ruiz lined a base hit, Schilling stepped up and delivered his shot. Freshman third baseman Todd Hankins added a run-scoring single for a 9-7 lead.
Tennessee (27-21, 11-13 SEC) responded with seven runs on four hits and was helped out by a throwing error by Hankins to reclaim a 14-9 lead.
After the first two runners reached on an infield hit and a walk off Cooper Moseley, Chris Fritts put down a sacrifice bunt and Hankins throw was wide of the bag, allowing one run to score and two more to advance into scoring position. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Zach Osborne tied the game with a sacrifice fly.
Then, pinch-hitter Cody Grisham bounced one to Hankins and he could not come up with it cleanly and on the play Fritts made contact running to third and he had no play after that, resulting in a single for Grisham. Josh Lilles (4-for-5, 2 RBI) followed with a two-run single.
Moseley retired the next hitter before Georgia turned to senior Justin Earls. His first pitch to Cody Hawn (3-for-5, 8 RBI) ended up a three-run home run to make it 14-9.
Georgia did not go quietly in the bottom of the ninth, scoring two runs on three hits. Cone and freshman Kyle Farmer had back-to-back doubles and Ruiz notched a sacrifice fly for the final. Ramsey got the win to improve to 4-1 while Moseley fell to 0-3.