LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Needing only one out to claim another series-opening win, No. 4 Kentucky allowed four unearned runs that paved the way to a 5-3 victory
It marked the first loss in
Kentucky (31-15, 14-8 SEC) had rallied to score the go-ahead run on Tyler Marshall's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth, but two errors in the top of the ninth doomed the Cats.
Georgia (18-28, 6-16 SEC) got a leadoff single by LJ Talley to begin its comeback. UK closer Logan Salow retired the next two Bulldogs, but Tucker Maxwell doubled off the left-centerfield wall to put runners at second and third. The lefty reliever then induced a ground ball to short, but it skipped past Connor Heady into left field allowing a pair of runs to score.
After a Tucker Bradley single up the middle, Cam Shepherd lifted a routine fly ball to right that was dropped by Tristan Pompey, allowing UGA to go up 5-2.
The Cats managed to plate a run in their half of the
Sean Hjelle started for
The teams return to the diamond Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. ET for the middle game of the weekend series.