Athens, Ga – Falling behind four runs early proved to be too much for the University of Georgia to overcome on Tuesday, dropping a game to in-state foe Kennesaw State 4-2.
The Bulldogs (15-11) used a platoon of five pitchers on the night, with freshman Shane Tucker getting his first career start, and ultimately credited with the loss. He surrendered three unearned runs, all coming in the second inning.
“Today was going to be a staff day,” said Georgia head coach Scott Stricklin. “We gave Shane Tucker the start. He’s a freshman. Last time out he threw the ball really well, and we wanted him to get that opportunity. He was going to pitch today regardless, so we decided to give him the start. Heath Holder and Connor Jones needed to get back out there. They struggled a little bit over the weekend and we needed to get them back out on the mound to get some confidence. I thought Connor Jones threw the ball really well. Heath Holder battled and put up a zero. It was encouraging to see those two guys go out there and throw the ball like they did, and those guys will all be ready for this weekend.”
The Owls’ (9-16) three runs in the second inning came by way of three consecutive walks by Tucker. After a fielder’s choice brought one run in, an infield hit by Corey Greesen plated two more.
Georgia finally got some offense going in the sixth, putting runners on via a walk and a single. Catcher L.J. Talley then hit a two-run double off down the left field line, but was then thrown out at third, preventing any chance at a further rally.
Georgia will host its second SEC home series of the season when the University of Alabama comes to Athens this Thursday at 7 p.m.