Drucker (6-1) gave up a leadoff walk to Marshall Szabo and hit Jason Jacobs with a pitch before retiring the Bulldogs to pick up his sixth win of the season. Startup got the loss to fall to 3-2, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits over the final three frames. The left-hander kept it a 4-3 contest, getting UT to hit into a pair of double plays, one in the seventh and another in the eighth when the Vols looked to extend their advantage.
Both team's starters pitched six innings and did not figure in the decision. Sean Watson gave up three runs (one earned) on four hits with five walks and five strikeouts while Georgia's Sean Ruthven allowed four runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
Shortstop Brian Cleveland gave the Volunteers a 2-0 lead with a two-run home run inthe second, his fourth of the season and second in the series. In the third, catcher Nick Crowe smacked a two-run single to put the Volunteers in front 4-0. Georgia responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning with Szabo bring the first run home with a base hit and then a clutch, two-out, two-run single from Kyle Keen.
Drucker's current scoreless inning streak ended at 12.2 innings when Clint Sammons came through with a game-tying, two-out, run-scoring single in the eighth to make it 4-4.
Georgia looks to avoid a sweep when the series wraps up Sunday at 1 p.m.