Georgia (23-14, 6-10 SEC) went up 1-0 in the first. Jonathan Wyatt drew a walk and came around to score when Josh Morris singled to center and Tennessee centerfielder Julio Borbon committed an error. It was one of five miscues by the Volunteers.
Tennessee (23-15, 6-9 SEC) took a 4-1 lead in the sixth. J.P. Arenicibia started the outburst with a run-scoring double as Chris Kemp came home after a leadoff single. Then, the game went in to a seven-minute rain delay. When play resumed, Kelly Edmundson reached on a fly ball that dropped in shallow right. Second baseman Michael Rivera followed with a two-run double. Cody Brown then added an RBI single to cap the scoring.
In the bottom of the frame, the Bulldogs pulled to within one at 4-3. Singles from Wyatt and Jason Jacobs put runners at the corners. Freshman shortstop Gordon Beckham then delivered a double to right allowing Wyatt to score and Jacobs to move to third and then he came home on the play when Volunteer right fielder Brian Van Kirk committed a throwing error.
The Bulldogs tied the game at four a piece in the eighth on a RBI single from Kyle Keen. Georgia had a chance to break open the contest later in the frame, loading the bases with one but Cobb got Matthew Dunn to bounce in to an inning-ending double play. Cobb went eight innings, allowing four runs (only one earned) on eight hits.
"We certainly had our chances," said Georgia coach David Perno. "I told the team after the game, we just need to win that first one and things will turn around and give us some confidence. It's tough right now but we've got a lot of baseball left."
In the 11th, Rivera led off with a base hit. Brown put a bunt down the first base line that Morris misplayed allowing him to reach. Jarred Frazier followed with a bunt that Fields snagged and forced Rivera at third on a close play. Then on a 2-2 offering to Borbon, he smacked a two-run triple to right center that made it 6-4. Shortstop Tony Delmonico followed with a bloop single to left that scored Borbon for a 7-4 advantage.
Watson retired Peisel and Dunn for the first two outs in the 11th and then Joey Side reached on an infield hit to extending his hitting streak to nine games. Side and Borbon are tied for the SEC lead with 62 hits apiece. Then, Watson got Wyatt to fly out to end the contest.
The series continues Saturday with first pitch slated for 1:06 p.m., and it will be televised by CSS. After the game, Tennessee announced a change in its rotation and now the probable starter will be freshman right-hander Josh Lindblom (4-3, 4.37). The Bulldogs plan to start junior right-hander Brooks Brown (3-3, 4.37).