With one swing of a bat, Kentucky's vision of a shutout win was foiled Sunday.
Then, the game and the series quickly went down the drain as Georgia rallied for a 6-1 victory in 10 innings at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
UK right-hander Kyle Cody took a six-hit shutout into the ninth, leading 1-0 on the strength of JaVon Shelby's fourth-inning home run.
But Jared Walsh led off the Georgia ninth with his third homer of the season, knocking the ball off the scoreboard in left-center to force extra innings.
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The Bulldogs (24-26, 9-17 Southeastern Conference) then jumped all over the UK bullpen to score five times with two outs in the 10th. Daniel Nichols singled in a pair of runs and Zack Bowers added a three-run homer.
The outcome gave Georgia its first series win over UK since 2010.
"We got a really good pitching performance out of Kyle today and unfortunately we just weren't able to take advantage of it," UK Coach Gary Henderson said. "It's really hard to win a game 1-0. We got really close but we just weren't able to close the door in the ninth inning. And obviously it got away from us in the 10th."
UK (27-23, 12-14) got two of its five hits from Evan White.
Cody, a junior from Chippewa Falls, Wis., worked a career-long eight innings, He struck out five and did not issue a walk.
"An outstanding day today for Kyle Cody," Henderson said. "Really a season-changer for him, to be able to refer back to that as he moves forward is going to be a real positive for him. I'm real proud of that effort today."
Cody threw 102 pitches, 65 for strikes.
"Basically I just threw my fastball where I wanted to," Cody said. "Slider was good today. Didn't throw my change-up very much. But they just pounded it into the ground for most of the game. Then, ninth inning, just one bad pitch. It happens. I probably pitched the best game of my life and we lost the game. That's baseball. ... Just look forward and we've got to win two next weekend, and we're going to do our best to do that."
UK turned three double plays in the first five innings to keep Cody in control.
The Wildcats just couldn't muster much offense, though.
Shelby socked a full-count pitch over the wall in left, his eighth homer of the season.
Other than Shelby and White, UK's only hits were singles by Ka'ai Tom and Dorian Hairston. Tom reached safely for a 14th game in a row and for the 46th game out of 50 this season.
In the top of the 10th, with two outs, Georgia got singles by Stephen Wrenn and Keegan McGovern. Walsh drew a walk to load the bases.
Nichols came through with a two-run single to center. Then Bowers, who entered the game in the top of the inning, jumped on a 1-2 pitch for three more runs.
UK closes its home season Tuesday against Northern Kentucky, then travels to Missouri for a three-game series Thursday through Saturday.