Georgia starter Michael Palazzone pitched a complete game allowing four runs on eight hits with six strikeouts for his ninth win of the season. The right-hander shutdown the Dores for the final six frames retiring 18 of the final 19 batters he faced. Commodores' reliever Will Clinard was pinned with the loss giving up the go-ahead run in the seventh. Vanderbilt starter Sonny Gray was roughed up for a season-high four runs on nine hits over six innings.
Westlake paced the Commodores' offense with three of the team's eight hits. Jason Esposito saw his 38-game on-base streak come to an end with a 0-for-4 performance. Peter Verdin led the Bulldogs with three hits from the bottom of the lineup, including his first home run of the year. Curt Powell and Kyle Farmer each added two hits for Georgia.
The loss marks the first time this season that Vanderbilt hast lost consecutive games. The Commodores and South Carolina fell one game behind Florida for the Southeastern Conference lead. Alabama topped the Gamecocks 2-1 and the Gators beat Kentucky 9-6.
The Dores turn to Grayson Garvin tomorrow night in the second game of the series with Georgia countering with lefty Alex Wood. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. CT. For ticket information visit vucommodores.com or call 615.322.GOLD.
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