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Georgia Bulldogs stage another late-inning rally to win series over Kentucky Wildcats

Five-run eighth inning lifts Bulldogs to 6-3 win over Cats.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- For the first time in almost a month, the Kentucky Wildcats are experiencing a bit of adversity as they try to stay in the race for the SEC championship.

Nick Mingione's team fell 6-3 to Georgia on Sunday at Cliff Hagan Stadium, dropping two out of three games in the weekend series against the last-place club in the SEC East. It marked the first time since April 7-9 at Mississippi State that the Cats have lost a series.

A five-run eighth inning for the Bulldogs against UK relief ace Logan Salow denied the Cats a potential win after Riley Mahan had given his team a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh.

Salow (2-5) entered the weekend with a microscopic 0.43 ERA, but was not sharp in the finale. He allowed a bunt single, a double, a walk, and an infield single before Georgia's Mitchell Webb connected for a grand slam home run to right-center field to break the game open. 

UK's senior left-hander had also been victimized by four unearned runs in the ninth inning of the series opener as UGA stunned the Cats with a 5-3 win.

Kevin Smith (3-5) gave an outstanding starting effort for Georgia (19-29, 7-17 SEC) against the league's top offensive club. The sophomore left-hander worked seven innings, allowing only two runs on eight hit and two walks while striking out six.

Sophomore right-hander Justin Lewis pitched well in a no-decision for UK, allowing only one run on five hits and two walks over seven innings, but the No. 4 Cats had a rare cold weekend with the bats.

Kentucky (32-16, 15-9 SEC) fell out of first place in the East, slipping a game behind Florida, which swept Ole Miss this weekend. The Cats and Gators have a key three-game series later this month in Gainesville. 

The Cats return to action Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET against Indiana at Cliff Hagan Stadium before playing host to Tennessee for a three-game weekend set. 

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