ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia scored eight runs in the first four innings and got solid pitching from junior right-hander Justin Grimm in an 8-6 victory over Kentucky Thursday night in a Southeastern Conference baseball game at Foley Field.
Kentucky (30-24, 12-16 SEC) had won four in a row. The Cats went into the game in a four-way tie for the last two spots in the league tournament next week.
Georgia, 15-36 overall and last in the SEC at 4-22, got its first SEC win since a 6-3 victory over Mississippi on April 11. But the Bulldogs have now won seven straight and 17 out of 20 over UK.
Kentucky starter Alex Meyer (5-3) took the loss, allowing seven hits and five runs in less than three innings.
Grimm (3-7) pitched a career-long eight innings, allowing 10 hits and six runs and striking out five.
UK got most of its runs in the last three innings, two on a homer by Taylor Black in the top of the ninth.
The Cats got two runs in the seventh when Braden Kapteyn and Keenan Wiley knocked in runs.
Georgia got a run in the first inning without hitting the ball out of the infield. The Bulldogs scored seven runs in the third and fourth — four in the third and three in the fourth — with only one extra-base hit, a double by Levi Hyams in the fourth.