"Obviously yesterday was tough on them and it showed today," said Georgia head coach David Perno. "This team has a lot to build on. We're capable and we've shown it this season, and the new season starts Friday (with the SEC opener against Auburn). We're pressing right now and everyone is trying to do it themselves. If we relax and play like we can we'll be fine."
Four straight hits led to two runs in the second inning as Gardner-Webb scored first for the third time this weekend. Josh Drewery doubled with one out and scored on Joey Testa's infield single. Daniel Cooke singled and scored on a one-base hit by Shea Harris.
Georgia answered in the bottom half of the second when Matt Olson singled and scored on a Gordon Beckham double off the left field wall.
Gardner-Webb scored two more in the fifth, both unearned.
Justin Earls (1-1) started for Georgia and took the loss. He worked five innings with eight hits, four runs (two earned), and two strikeouts. Nick Montgomery entered in the sixth and retired the first nine he faced. His final line was four innings, no hits, three strikeouts and one walk.
For Gardner-Webb, Wes Cogdill (1-0) earned the win in relief, throwing five innings with no runs on three hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Nate MacDonald pitched three outs in the ninth for his second save of the year.
Georgia returns to action on Tuesday with a home game against Western Carolina at 5 p.m. EDT.