UGA Baseball Wins in Walk-Off

ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia baseball team won it's seventh straight game with a 4-3 walkoff victory over North Florida on Saturday afternoon at Foley Field during the Bulldog Invitational. Nelson Ward delivered the game-winning RBI single to right field in the bottom of the ninth to score Heath Holder and give Georgia (9-6) the victory. (Photo Courtesy of UGA Athletics)

Relief pitcher Pete Nagel picked up his first win of the season for Georgia after pitching scoreless eighth and ninth innings while notching a pair of strikeouts. Corbin Olmstead took the loss for the Ospreys (5-7), giving up one run and two hits in 1.2 innings of work.

With the game tied at three entering the bottom of the ninth, Jess Posey reached on an error and Holder followed with a double down the left field line for his second extra-base hit of the day. Pinch runner Cody McCance, who entered the game in place of Posey, advanced to third on the play before Skyler Weber drew an intentional walk to load the bases.

After a fielder's choice saw McCance out at home, Ward stepped to the plate and delivered the game-winning, bases-loaded RBI single to right to score Holder and propel the Bulldogs to their seventh straight win. The win also marked the third victory in walkoff fashion during the streak.

"David Sosebee and Pete Nagel were outstanding coming in from the bullpen," said Georgia Head Coach Scott Stricklin. "They gave us a chance. Nelson Ward showed again why he is one of our team leaders and team captain. He's a clutch guy and came up with another clutch hit. We took advantage of the error in the ninth, and then after Heath (Holder) didn't get the bunt down, he came up with a big double. It's another good win."

Holder went 2-for-3 on the day with his first career triple, a double, an RBI and the game-winning run scored. Ward and Hunter Cole also notched RBIs on the day, while Cole and Zack Bowers each notched a double.

Georgia got on the board first off an RBI double to left by Cole that scored Conor Welton from first base. Cole has reached base safely in each of Georgia's 15 games this season, joining Ward as the only other Bulldog to accomplish the feat.

North Florida responded in the top of the second with a two-run home run to left by Alex Bacon off of Georgia starter and two-way player Jared Walsh. The Bulldogs knotted it up in the bottom of the frame with a two-out RBI single from Wrenn to right field that scored fellow freshman Weber all the way from first.

The Ospreys added another run in the third on an RBI double from Kyle Brooks, but Holder tied the score at three for Georgia in the bottom half of the fourth with an RBI triple to right that plated Bowers.

Sosebee pitched a career-best five scoreless innings and recorded four strikeouts in his sixth appearance of the season. His previous career high was 4.2 innings back on Feb. 21 against Florida State. Sosebee retired six straight batters at one point between the fifth and seventh innings.

The Bulldogs had a prime scoring opportunity in the seventh but were unable to capitalize on the chance to take the lead. Georgia loaded the bases behind a single from Posey and a pair of walks drawn by Weber and Ward, but the Ospreys were able to induce an inning-ending flyout to center to eliminate the scoring threat.

Nagel entered the game for Georgia in relief in the eighth inning, retiring all three batters he faced and notching a strikeout in the process. The Ospreys placed a runner in scoring position in the ninth after Nagel issued a leadoff walk and a groundout advanced the runner to second, but a strikeout and a flyout to right kept North Florida off the scoreboad.

In the bottom of the ninth, Ward's bases-loaded RBI single to right scored Holder for the game-winning run, giving Georgia the 4-3 walkoff victory.

Georgia will conclude play in the Bulldog Invitational tomorrow afternoon when it takes on Western Carolina at 3 p.m. Buffalo and North Florida will play the first game of the day at 11 a.m.

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