Georgia exploded with five runs in the fourth inning after Gardner-Webb drew first blood in the third with its only run of the night. Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, Georgia loaded the bases beginning with a two-out walk by freshman Luke Stewart (1-for-2, 3R). Juniors Jake Crane (1-for-4, 2R, 1 RBI) and Travis Parrott (2-for-4, 1R, 1 RBI) then connected for a pair of singles before Gardner-Webb starting pitcher Josh Drewery hit sophomore Miles Starr (1-of-4, 2R, 2RBI) with a wild pitch to send Stewart across the plate and knot the game at 1-1. Senior center-fielder Jonathan Wyatt (1-of-2, 1R, 2 RBI) then drove in the eventual game winning run as he drew a walk.
Georgia didn't look back, adding a single run in the fifth and then tacking on six more in the sixth. Georgia starting pitcher sophomore Nathan Moreau allowed only one run through six innings while striking out seven batters. He was relieved in the seventh by sophomore Iain Sebastian who gave up one hit in two innings of work. Senior Adam McDaniel closed the game with a no-hit ninth inning.
"Nathan (Moreau) did a good job tonight," said Perno. "His change-up was good and he battled really well. Iain (Sebastian) had his third solid outing in a row and Adam (McDaniel) was strong as well. We are developing some depth on the pitching staff and that's good to see."
Georgia took advantage of its opportunities with the bases loaded going 2-for-3 with 3 RBI, a sacrifice fly, two hit batsmen and two walks.
Georgia returns to action Saturday at Foley Field for the second game of the three game series against Gardner-Webb. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.