UGA Sports Communications
Bulldog starter Chase Adkins struck out a career high eight batters over eight innings of work but Georgia dropped the rubber match of its first home SEC series 4-1 to the No. 16 Auburn Tigers.
The Tigers (20-6, 5-1 SEC) would make a fourth inning two-run homerun by shortstop Luke Jarvis stand-up behind six scoreless innings from starter Daniel Davis. Two insurance runs in the ninth would bring the final tally to 4-1. Freshman Davis Daniel improved to 2-0, pitching six scoreless innings with six strikeouts. Adkins dropped to 3-2.
Bulldog sophomore DH Michael Curry reached base three times with a first inning single, a walk in the fourth and a double in the ninth. Freshman Cam Shepherd’s double down the left field line in the sixth was also one of the five Georgia hits on the day. Junior Keegan
McGovern scored the lone Georgia run in the ninth after a one-out walk and a sacrifice fly by Will Campbell. Tiger senior Cole Lipscomb closed the door preserving the win.
The Bulldogs (10-15, 1-5 SEC) return to action Tuesday at Foley Field against the Savannah State Tigers at 6 p.m.
* Michael Curry (2-for-3) extended his hitting streak to 11 with a single and a double.
*Cam Shepherd extended his hitting streak to 10 with a 1-out double in the sixth. *Chase Adkins pitched eight innings, allowing just two runs on four hits and struck out a career-high eight.
Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin:
“He deserved better. Eight innings and only give up a couple runs. He left a few pitches up in the zone in that fourth inning, but other than that he was really good. We didn’t have enough runners in scoring position today. Bottom line is we didn’t have good at-bats, and they made every play. And that’s what good teams do. They made the plays, and they made a lot of good ones. That’s five free opportunities we gave them in the ninth inning, and a 4-0 game is a lot different than a 2-0 game. Tomorrow’s an off day, but they need to have a good productive off day and be ready for Tuesday.”
Chase Adkins“As the game got longer, I was feeling better and better, except for that one inning. The pitch he hit out was low, but he went down and got it. That’s baseball. It is what it is. You’ve just got to have that mindset.”