ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia scored four runs in the third inning and broke open a two-run game in the seventh with four more runs to pull away from Charleston Southern on Tuesday night at Foley Field, 10-3.
The Bucs fall to 3-4 on the season, while Georgia improves to 5-3. The teams meet again tomorrow night at 5 p.m.
CSU manufactured a pair of runs to keep the game tight into the seventh. The Bucs trailed 4-2 after a sacrifice fly by Bryan Dye scored Nate Blanchard in the sixth, but UGA answered with four runs – two unearned – in the eighth to stretch the lead to 8-2.
In the eighth, Georgia took advantage of two walks and a hit batsmen to fill the bases off of Bucs' relievers Jameson Mobbs and Dustin Lander. A bases-loaded walk by Logan Moody and an RBI groundout by L.J. Talley helped the Bulldogs methodically put the game away.
Chris Singleton added some ninth inning fireworks for the Bucs with a solo home run, his first of the season.
Blanchard finished 2-for-4 and scored a run to lead CSU's offense. Right fielder Logan Moody robbed him of a third hit and extra bases, crashing into the wall in right-center to make a running catch in the eighth. Brandon Burris was 1-for-2 and walked twice in a productive night.
Talley's RBI double fueled the Bulldog's four-run second off of Bucs' starter Kyle Dyson (0-1). Dyson walked five and struck out two in five innings of work.
Starter Connor Jones (W, 1-0) pitched seven innings, scattering four CSU hits and striking out six.
Reliever Cody Maw was a bright spot for the Bucs. He worked three scoreless innings and struck out one to keep CSU in it in the middle innings.
DH Daniel Nichols was 3-for-3 with two RBI to lead UGA. Stephen Wrenn added a 1-for 3 evening, but scored three times.