Georgia Evens Series with Saturday Win

Jason Jacobs' RBI single in the top of the eighth inning brought home the winning run as the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the No. 13 University of Alabama Crimson Tide 4-3 Saturday afternoon at "The Joe".

Jacobs snapped a 3-3 tie with two-out, two-strike base hit up the middle off losing pitcher Wade LeBlanc. Jacobs' base hit scored Kyle Keen with the winning run. Keen led off the inning with a base hit and stole second base before scoring on the two-out hit.

LeBlanc (3-3) allowed four runs and seven hits in eight innings and was charged with the loss. He struck out nine, walked one and hit one batter. The walk and hit batter resulted in two of the four runs against the left-hander.

Georgia right-hander Sean Ruthven (2-4) picked up the victory. He allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings, with four walks and six strikeouts.

Left-hander Rip Warren retired all four batters he faced for his second save of the season.

Georgia (23-19, 7-12 SEC) took an early lead in the top of the third when Bobby Felmy singled to center field to score Adam McDaniel to put the Bulldogs up 1-0. McDaniel was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.

Georgia jumped to a 3-0 lead in the top of the fifth after a pair of RBI by Keen and Joey Side.

Alabama (31-14, 12-8 SEC) tied the game in the sixth inning as Ruthven issued a pair of two-out walks to Gabe Scott and Evan Bush. Senior first baseman Zac Welch followed with a three-home run to right-center to tie the game at 3-3.

The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs wrap up this three-game with a 2 p.m. (CT) Sunday afternoon. Left-hander Will Startup (4-3, 3.22 ERA) will make his fourth start of the season for Georgia.

Alabama is expected to counter with senior left-hander Brent Carter (5-2, 3.32), who was the winning pitcher on Friday with one scoreless inning in relief.

The game, originally planned to be carried by ACN will not be televised.

GAME NOTES:

*Georgia evened up this three-game Southeastern Conference series with a 4-3 win over No. 13 Alabama on Saturday afternoon. Alabama has struggled on Saturday this season going 9-6 in 15 games. The Crimson Tide has a 2-5 record in Saturday SEC games and has lost five of its last six Saturday games.

*Georgia right-hander Sean Ruthven has been tough on Alabama throughout his career and Saturday was no different. Ruthven allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings for the win. Ruthven is 2-1 in his career against Alabama and allowed just four earned runs in 18 1/3 innings.

*Georgia had just seven hits in the win over Alabama, but six of those hits came with two strikes in the count, including Jason Jacobs two-out RBI single to score Kyle Keen with the winning run in the eighth inning.

*Georgia has scored seven runs in the series and five of those runners reached base via walk, hit batter or error. Two of the four runs scored on Saturday reached base due to a walk and hit batter.

*Alabama has trailed in 34 of 45 games this season. The 4-3 loss to Georgia drops Alabama to 6-7 in one-run games this season. Alabama is 2-4 in one-run SEC games. Of Alabama's 20 SEC games this season, 12 have been decided by two runs or less. Alabama is 7-5 in those games.

*Alabama starter Wade LeBlanc suffered his third loss of the season and second since his return from a busied shoulder that forced him to miss four weeks. LeBlanc worked eight innings and allowed four runs and seven hits, with one walk and nine strikeouts. He also hit one batter. The walk and hit batter accounted for two of the Bulldogs four runs.

*LeBlanc recorded 24 outs in the loss to Georgia and 20 outs came on fly outs (11) and strikeouts (9). In his last two starts, LeBlanc has recorded 51 outs and 42 have come on fly outs (30) and strikeouts (12).

*Alabama DH Allen Rice (0-for-3, BB), senior LF Gabe Scott (0-for-3, R, BB) and junior 3B Evan Bush (0-for-3, R, BB) were a combined 0-for-9 in the loss to Georgia.

*Scott drew a two-out walk in the sixth inning and later scored on senior 1B Zac Welch's (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) three-run home run. Scott has now reached base safely in 34 consecutive games dating back to Feb. 18.

*Welch had two hits and three RBI in the loss. It was his first multi hit game since April 16 and first three-RBI game of the season. Welch has homered in his last two Saturday games (2 HR, 5 RBI).


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