Trailing 4-1 with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Justin Holmes (2-for-5, 2 RBI) delivered a base off Drucker to make it 4-2 to bring up the SEC RBI-leader in Josh Morris. The freshman first baseman drilled a 1-1 offering to deep centerfield that Josh Alley leaped and caught at the 404 mark to end the contest. For Drucker, it was his fifth save while Riley improved to 3-1.
Senior Matt Woods gave the Bullldogs six solid innings, allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts but took the loss to fall to 1-1. Mitchell Boggs pitched the final three innings, allowing two unearned runs on one hit.
Tennessee carried a 2-0 lead to the fifth before Georgia finally scored off Riley. Clint Sammons (2-for-3) reached with a two-out base hit, advanced to second when Bobby Felmy was hit by a pitch and then scored on a single by Holmes. The Vols took advantage of a couple of Bulldog miscues in the eighth.
Holmes misplayed a ground ball by Michael Rivera. He took second on a passed ball. Then with two outs, Boggs issued a walk to Kyle Norrid. Chris Kemp hit a slow roller off the plate that Boggs couldn't handle near the base line and a collision followed. Meanwhile, Rivera scored on the play. Alex Suarez (2-for-4, 1 RBI) followed with a single up the middle, scoring Norrid for a 4-1 advantage.
Georgia returns to action Wednesday at Georgia Tech. First pitch at Russ Chandler Stadium is slated for 7 p.m.