Diamond Dogs Drop 2nd Game to Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. - Mississippi State freshman left-hander Nick Routt threw the first complete game of the season for the Baseball Bulldogs Saturday afternoon. However, Routt did not have enough offensive support, as the third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs recorded a 4-0 victory before a Foley Field record crowd of 4,461.

With the victory, Georgia clinched the weekend Southeastern Conference series, two games to none. UGA improved to 18-2 overall, 3-2 in league play and 13-0 at home this season. Meanwhile, 25th-ranked MSU fell to 13-8 and 2-3.

Routt (2-1) matched a season best by working eight innings in the contest. Routt allowed five hits and four runs (all earned), with eight strikeouts and a pair of walks. Through the first seven innings, Routt had faced two batters past the minimum.

Georgia scored once in the fifth inning on a one-out solo home run by Joey Lewis (fifth of season) and added three more scores on a two-out three-run home run by Lyle Allen (second of season) in the eighth inning.

Again, MSU had its chances on Saturday. After stranding 12 base runners in a 5-3 defeat Friday, the Bulldogs stranded 12 more base runners on Saturday. The first two at-bats ended with inning-ending double plays while the Bulldogs left the bases loaded in the third inning. Threats later became limited with the Bulldogs going down in order in two of their final three at-bats.

Georgia took advantage of its limited opportunities. The homestanding Bulldogs only left one base runner in the contest. Thanks to a single and caught stealing, Routt wound up facing the minimum through UGA's first 11 at-bats. Finally in the fifth inning, Lewis broke through with his home run to left field.

In the UGA eighth inning, the hosts touched Routt for their final three runs in the game. Lewis again started things with a leadoff double. After a sacrifice bunt and ground out, Levi Hyams drew a walk. Allen then removed all doubt with his towering three-run home run to right field.

Each team finished with five hits. Grant Hogue matched a career high with three hits for MSU. Lewis had multiple hits for Georgia.

Michael Palazzone (2-0) picked up the win for UGA. Palazzone worked three innings, in relief of starter Alex McRee. Will Harvil threw the eighth inning, while Dean Weaver worked the ninth inning.

The series finale is set for 1 p.m. CT Sunday. That contest will be televised regionally by Comcast Sports Southeast.

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