Junior catcher Clint Sammons led off the Bulldog fifth with a double. However, Gibson came right back to strike out Bobby Felmy and Kyle Keen. Freshman Jonathan Wyatt got the Bulldogs on the board with a run-scoring double to ignite the comeback as Georgia strung together four consecutive hits. Josh Smith followed with a single, scoring Wyatt. Senior Justin Holmes tied the game with an RBI-double down the left field line and then Marshall Szabo put Georgia in front when he lined a 3-2 offering in to the gap in right center for another run-swcoring double. After a walk to Josh Morris, freshman Joey Side (2-for-3) delivered a base hit to right, bringing Szabo home for a 5-3 advantage.
Sophomore left-hander Will Startup pitched 4.2 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win and improve to 4-2. Gibson got the loss to fall to 4-3, allowing five runs on seven hits through the first five innings. Startup came on for Sean Ruthven with one out in the fifth after Caleb Stewart launched a solo home run to put Kentucky up 3-0. An inning earlier, the Wildcats got a home run from Mike Breyman and Jake Kungle doubled and scored on a groundout by J.B. Schmidt.
Gibson limited the Bulldogs to just one hit until they exploded in the fifth. Kentucky turned to Matt Scott in the sixth and he pitched three scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Ruthven allowed three runs on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts before leaving with one out in the fifth.
The SEC series continues Saturday at 4:06 p.m., and the game will be televised live by Fox Sports Net. Georgia will start sophomore right-hander Michael Hyle (4-1, 2.87) while the Wildcats counter with senior right-hander Seth Stanley (5-1, 5.74).