Hunter Kelley's RBI
double in the bottom of the seventh gave Auburn its first lead of the game as
it rallied for a 4-3, series-opening win over Georgia on Friday night. With the
win Auburn improved to 21-13, 4-9 SEC while Georgia dropped to 12-23, 2-11 SEC.
"It's exciting to see what
Hunter Kelley did," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "Hunter Kelley gets
an opportunity to play and comes up with a huge double. Our guys fought hard."
Ryan Tella went 4-for-5
from the leadoff spot, scoring three of Auburn's four runs on the night. The
junior singled and scored in the first and fourth and doubled and scored in the
sixth as Auburn claimed its SEC-leading 15th come-from-behind win of
Justin Camp (4-0) earned the win out of the Auburn bullpen, entering in the sixth with Auburn down 3-2 and two men aboard for Georgia. He induced a grounder to end the sixth and then pitched a scoreless seventh as Auburn tied it in the sixth on Cullen Wacker's sacrifice fly and took the lead on Kelley's double.
Terrance Dedrick earned his team-best third save of the season, throwing two perfect innings.
Georgia's Blake Dieterick (1-2) took the loss, allowing the Kelley double.
Georgia went up 1-0 in the first when Hunter Cole singled and scored on a Jared Walsh double.
Auburn tied it at 1-1 when an error by the Georgia rightfielder allowed Tella to score from first on a Jordan Ebert single. The single extended Ebert's hitting streak to 11 games.
Georgia went up 3-1 in the second, scoring a pair of unearned runs after an error by Dan Glevenyak extended the inning. Daniel Nichols drew a two-out walk and then DJ Smith reached on the Glevenyak throwing error. Consecutive singles from Curt Powell and Cole gave Georgia the two-run cushion.
Auburn got a run back in the fourth when Wacker singled in Tella with two outs to make it 3-2.
Blake Austin finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles for Auburn.
Powell and Cole each led Georgia with two hits.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Auburn's Conner Kendrick worked 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits and four walks while striking out seven, one off his career high. Georgia's Patrick Boling worked four innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out nine.
The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1pm. Game two of the twin bill will start approximately 45 minutes after the conclusion of game one.
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