ATHENS, Ga. — At least one run was scored in eight of the nine innings, and Kentucky outlasted Georgia for a 9-8 win in a wild cap to Saturday's doubleheader.
The Cats evened the series at one game apiece after losing the opener 7-6 despite erasing a six-run deficit.
Kentucky (26-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) found itself down 3-0 in the second game but took the lead in the fourth thanks to an RBI walk by J.T. Riddle and a three-run double by Michael Williams.
Georgia answered with a run in their half, but Thomas McCarthy struck back with a solo homer in the fifth to make it 5-4. The Bulldogs scored two in the sixth for a one-run lead.
But Cameron Flynn's two-run homer in the seventh put Kentucky ahead for good and capped the Cats' three-run inning. UK is now 8-1 in one-run games in its best start to a season.
Kentucky's Jerad Grundy got roughed up for seven hits and three runs in 22⁄3 innings to start the second game. The Cats used five more pitchers to finish off the Dogs (18-10, 4-4), including winner Alex Phillips (4-0) and Tates Creek graduate Trevor Gott, who threw a scoreless ninth for his sixth save.
Both teams finished the day with 25 hits over two games, 11 each in the first and 14 each in the second.
The Cats almost pulled off an even bigger comeback in the first game, scoring six runs in the seventh to tie it. But Brett DeLoach's RBI double in the bottom half of the inning gave Georgia all the insurance it needed.
Austin Cousino's three-run homer led UK's big rally. Lucas Witt started the scoring, reaching home from first base on Michael Williams' single to shortstop and a fielding error. Then came Cousino's fourth home run of the season, an RBI double by McCarthy and a run scored by A.J. Reed on a wild pitch.
But Georgia's Blake Dieterich shut down the Cats over the next two innings, allowing one hit and striking out two with no walks for his fifth save.
In addition to his 2-for-3 performance in the first game, Cousino drew a walk in the second, and the freshman now has reached base safely in 26 of his 27 career collegiate games.