The Diamond Dawgs headed into the SEC Tournament on Tuesday needing a win to strengthen their case for an NCAA bid.
In a game where a loss would have possibly meant postseason hopes taking a major hit, eighth-seeded Georgia topped ninth seed LSU 4-1, and it did all of its damage in the first inning with four runs. Three of them came off the bat of Chaney Rogers as he ripped a three-run double.
Georgia’s only run allowed came in the top of first, but it could have been much worse. Luke Wagner allowed LSU to load the bases, coming out of it with just one run allowed.
All of the scoring ended from there, as for the first time in SEC Tournament, all of the game’s runs were scored in the first inning.
Wagner was relieved in the fourth by Jaden Woods, and the freshman was up to the challenge, striking out five batters in 3.2 innings before Ben Harris and Jack Gowen made some big pitches against LSU’s potent lineup in the eighth and ninth to close the win out. More importantly for the sake of tournament play, he threw less than 50 pitches, making him a candidate to be looked to again now that Georgia enters the double-elimination format of the tournament.
The Diamond Dawgs face top-ranked Arkansas at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.