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Four unearned runs in ninth stun Kentucky baseball

Kentucky pitcher Sean Hjelle (30), top right, prepared to take the mound for the start of the game as the University of Georgia played the University of Kentucky at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Friday.
Kentucky pitcher Sean Hjelle (30), top right, prepared to take the mound for the start of the game as the University of Georgia played the University of Kentucky at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Friday. cbertram@herald-leader.com

Needing one out to lock down a series-opening win, No. 4 Kentucky was stunned by four unearned runs that allowed Georgia to claim a 5-3 victory on a rainy Friday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The Wildcats (31-15, 14-8 SEC) rallied to score the go-ahead run on Tyler Marshall’s sacrifice fly to left field in the bottom of the eighth and appeared poised for an important victory in the league standings before the Bulldogs (18-28, 6-16) took advantage of two errors to shock the Cats.

Pitching ruled through seven innings with both teams managing only a single run in the fifth, UK’s coming when Marshall scored on a two-out single. UK took the lead in the eighth on the Marshall sac fly, but the defense couldn’t hold up.

With two outs, a Georgia ground ball skipped by the shortstop and into left field, allowing a pair of runs. Then after a single up the middle, a routine fly ball to right field was dropped, scoring two more runs to make it 5-2 Bulldogs.

The Cats loaded the bases in the ninth inning and scored a run on a walk before a strikeout and pop out to right field thwarted any rally.

Saturday

Georgia at Kentucky

When: 6:30 p.m.

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