The Georgia Diamond Dogs could only get through Mississippi State’s defense for one inning. But they sure made that inning count.
Brett DeLoach and Jonathan Hester hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning, providing enough offense for Georgia to get a 4-3 victory over 24th-ra nked MSU, the fourth SEC win in a row for the Bulldogs from Athens.
After two infield singles by Kyle Farmer and Zach Cone, DeLoach brought them home with his first homer of the season. On the very next pitch from Chris Stratton (4-2), Hester hit his third round-tripper of the season over the centerfield wall. Both home runs represented the first SEC hits of the year for DeLoach and Hester.
Michael Palazzone (4-1) came within one out of his second consecutive complete game but still picked up the win. He allowed three runs on six hits and struck out three. With two outs in the ninth and the tying run on second, closer Tyler Maloof struck out Adam Frazier for his 10th save of the season and his second in as many days.
Georgia (13-14, 5-3 SEC) won a doubleheader last Sunday against LSU and defeated MSU (19-8, 4-4 SEC) last night, 4-1.
Apart from the sixth inning, Chris Stratton (4-2) was excellent for MSU. He allowed just three hits and struck out five over the first five innings, and he couldn’t really do much about the two infield hits in the sixth. However, his two worst pitches of the game were cashed in by Georgia. Overall, Stratton allowed four runs on seven hits and struck out seven before leaving the game after the sixth inning.
Georgia will look to complete the sweep tomorrow in the third game of the series at 2pm.