Although this game was a pitcher's duel for the first four innings, the Bulldogs from Mississippi State broke the game open in the fifth inning with four runs, all after two were out. The inning was highlighted by Ryan Fesmire's two RBI single and Thomas Berkery's two-run double.
Ryan Fesmire came in as a replacement for starting centerfielder Joseph Hunter, who injured himself when he fouled a ball off of his wrist.
The Bulldogs added two insurance runs in the top of the 9th.
Doolittle, who struck out 8 and walked 2, ran his record to 4-3 on the season and helped the Bulldogs improve to 7-6 in the SEC and 23-9 overall.
The loss left Georgia 4-9 in the SEC and 19-15 overall.
The two teams square off 1 p.m. ET Sunday afternoon in the rubber game of the three-game series. Georgia will start left-hander Will Startup, while Mississippi State counters with right-hander Jon Crosby.
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