Georgia took the lead off MSU starter Joey Collums (2-2) with a pair of runs in the second inning. Adam Swann opened the frame with a single to left and scored on a double by Clint Sammons. Sammons plated the second run on the first of three singles on the day by left fielder Chaz Lytle.
Collums gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and struck out five, leaving the 3-1 game after giving up a leadoff double and striking out a batter in the sixth inning. But Georgia pulled away in the final two frames, scoring twice in the eighth and adding three more runs in the ninth on Marshall Szabo's third home run of the year.
Mississippi State continues its homestand with a pair of midweek games this week. MSU hosts Samford, coached by former MSU player and assistant coach Tim Parenton, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Mississippi Valley State Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. MSU's homestand continues next weekend with a three-game series against SEC West rival Arkansas.
GEORGIA 9, MISSISSIPPI STATE 2
UG (17-10, 8-4 SEC) 021 000 024- 9-13-0
MSU (17-11-1, 6-5 SEC) 000 010 00- 2-7-2
WP - Brandon Moorhead (2-0). LP - Joey Collums (2-2). SV - Matt Woods (1). HR - Marshall Szabo (3). T -3:00. ATT - 4,590 (actual), 6,739 (paid).