"I thought the turning point was when we had our opportunity for a big inning in the third and we couldn't capitalize on it," Georgia coach David Perno said. When they had their opportunity they capitalized. I thought we swung the bats well. (Jeff) Walters and (Will) Harvil looked good. You have to tip your hat to Jacksonville State. They had a good night."
After a leadoff walk to Cerione, May homered to left center for the second time in as many games to give Georgia a 2-0 lead in the first, but the Gamecocks tied it on a two-run blast by Kyle Bluestein in the bottom of the inning.
In the third, Rich Poythress drove in his NCAA-leading 67th run of the season on a double to right center that scored May from first. Poythress is now tied for sixth on Georgia's all-time RBI list. He then scored on a single by Lewis to extend the lead to 4-2.
Jacksonville State got a run back in the bottom of the third on a two-out double by Daniel Adamson, then Georgia scored again in the fourth on an infield single by Cerione and a throwing error by the Jacksonville State second baseman, but the Gamecocks sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth including five runs with two outs to take a 9-5 lead.
Georgia plated a run on Robbie O'Bryan's second double in consecutive games to get within 9-6 in the sixth.
Cerione led off the ninth with his fifth home run to straight away center to cut the lead to 9-7. May followed with a walk, but Bill Henke retired the next three batters to record his eighth save.
Jordan Beistline (7-1) tossed 3.2 innings and allowed one run on three hits to earn the win. Tyler Maloof (0-1) was charged with the loss after giving up four runs on one hit in 0.2 innings. Jeff Walters and Will Harvil combined to throw 3.0 scoreless relief innings.
Georgia heads to Oxford, Miss., for a crucial three-game series against Ole Miss beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.