In a game where runs were at a premium, for the second day in a row Georgia's Matt Olson came through with the bases loaded in the ninth for Georgia as No. 10 Auburn dropped a 3-2 decision to Georgia on Saturday at Foley Field. The loss drops Auburn to 0-2 in SEC play and 18-5 overall while Georgia improves to 2-0, 7-11 overall.
"It is disappointing to start off with two losses in the SEC but we are going to be fine," Auburn Head Coach Tom Slater says. "We are a resilient group and we are going to come out and play hard tomorrow just like we have done every day this year."
Auburn took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Ben Jones' routine fly to left with two outs was dropped by UGA left fielder Travis Parrott, allowing Josh Donaldson (1-for-4, R) to hustle home from second. Donaldson reached on a single to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games.
The Bulldogs tied the game at one in the bottom of the second on Mike Freeman's two-out RBI single off of Paul Burnside's leg with the bases loaded. Burnside avoided further trouble in the inning when he caught Jonathan Wyatt looking to end the inning.
After UGA took a 2-1 lead on Olson's solo homer with two down in the third, Auburn tied the game up in the next half inning on Dustin Spruill's two-out RBI single that scored Ross Smith.
The game remained scoreless all the way until the ninth inning as both pitching staffs did an incredible job. Georgia's ninth started with an infield hit and a fielder's choice off of Auburn reliever Chris Dennis (1-1). Dennis then got Wyatt to fly out to right for the second out of the inning. Looking to send the game to extra innings, Dennis got Ryan Peisel in a similar position but Smith dropped the foul ball in right, giving Georgia life. Dennis then hit Peisel and walked Gordon Beckham to bring Olson to the plate. The cleanup hitter then ripped a pitch to the warning track in left-center to bring home the game-winning run.
It was a tough day for the Auburn offense as the Tigers had just one hit and one walk over the final five innings in the loss. Burnside did a very nice job for the Tigers on the mound, giving up two runs on five hits in five innings of work.
The two teams will play the final game of the series at 1 p.m. CDT on Sunday in Athens.