Georgia struck for three runs in the first, highlighted by a two-run double by freshman Rich Poythress (1-4, 2 RBI). In the third, senior Jonathan Wyatt (2-for-4) maded it 4-0 with a solo home run, his fifth of the year. The Bulldogs went up 6-0 in the fourth inning on a run-scoring single by freshman Mike Freeman (2-4) and a sacrifice fly by junior Ryan Peisel (1-2, 2 RBI). In the sixth, Peisel extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a run-scoring single to make it 7-0.
Vanderbilt (40-9, 16-7 SEC) missed out on a couple of scoring opportunities. In the second, Ryan Flaherty led off with a double, giving him a 17-game hitting streak, but he was stranded there. In the seventh, Flaherty led off with a base hit and Matt Meingasner drew a walk. However, Moreau struck out Parker Hands and pinch-hitter Ryan Davis and then got Shea Robin to bounce in to a fielder's choice to end the threat.
"I'm proud of our team, it was a great effort all the way around and a good win for the program," said Georgia coach David Perno. "It was good to see us bounce back after another tough Friday night loss. Nathan (Moreau) was sharp today, he has got his focus back, and he showed signs of that last week against Kentucky."
Last week, Moreau beat the Wildcats in Lexington, going five innings in a 9-3 victory. Saturday's seven-inning outing was his longest of the year.
The rubber game of the series is set for Sunday at 3:06 p.m. ET, and it will be televised live by CSS. Georgia will start sophomore left-hander Jason Leaver (1-1, 4.83 ERA) while Vanderbilt will go with junior left-hander Cody Crowell (2-1, 4.02 ERA).