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Georgia defeats No. 5 LSU to clinch SEC Tournament spot

191 days ago
Georgia Athletics

ATHENS - Georgia defeated fifth-ranked LSU 9-5 Saturday in front of a Foley Field crowd of 3,789 to clinch a spot in the SEC Tournament on Senior Day.

"Today we knew that we controlled our own destiny, as far as getting to play another day," Bulldog redshirt freshman Charlie Condon said. "We win. We take care of business. We get to play on Tuesday now, and that is big time."

Georgia (29-26, 11-19 SEC) got home runs from Connor Tate and Condon as part of a 12-hit attack to defeat the Tigers (42-13, 19-10 SEC). The Bulldogs will either be the 11th or 12th seed depending on how Missouri fares against No. 19 Auburn Saturday. If Missouri wins, it will be the No. 11 seed and the Bulldogs will be the 12th seed. The 11th seed plays the sixth seed on Tuesday at 10:30 am ET. The 12th seed faces the fifth seed in the final game of the day Tuesday, which is usually no earlier than 9 p.m. ET. The SEC Tournament bracket will be released late Saturday.

On Saturday, Tate's home run was his 16th of the year and the 100th for the Bulldog this season. In the fourth, Condon cranked his 25th home run of the season to put the Bulldogs in front 6-2. Condon has hit at least one home run in all 10 SEC series this season and holds the SEC freshman record for most home runs in a season.

LSU took a two-run lead in the first from a Tre' Morgan home run, his seventh of the year.. The Bulldogs evened the game in the second with a pair of runs. Back-to-back singles from junior Parks Harber and graduate Will David set up an RBI-single from junior Fernando Gonzalez. With David on third, an error by the Tigers' third baseman Tommy White allowed him to tie the game. Tate put Georgia in front when he smashed a 3-1 offering for a 3-2 advantage. The Bulldogs extended their lead with three runs in the fourth. A sacrifice fly from graduate Ben Anderson scored junior Sebastian Murillo. Graduate Mason LaPlante was in scoring position on third as Condon launched Georgia's second home run of the afternoon.

The Tigers got a solo home run by Cade Beloso in the sixth. Georgia starter Liam Sullivan earned the win, going 5.1 innings and allowing three runs on three hits with five strikeouts. LSU starter Javen Coleman dropped to 1-2, surrendering four runs on four hits over three innings.

With two Tigers on base in the sixth, Brayden Jobert swiped home as part of a double steal to put LSU within two at 6-4. Georgia answered back in the bottom of the frame as Harber drew a walk with bases loaded to advance Anderson and extend the Bulldogs' lead back to 7-4. White connected for the Tigers' third home run of the afternoon in the top of the seventh. A Georgia rally in the bottom of the frame resulted in two runs. Sophomore Dwight Allen II reached on a fielder's choice as freshman Josh Tate went home. Anderson then stepped to the plate and send his second double of the game to left field, scoring LaPlante to give Georgia a four-run lead at 9-5.

After Chandler Marsh provided a scoreless frame and Collin Caldwell recorded a huge strikeout with the bases loaded in the ninth, senior Nolan Crisp was called in to get the final out as the Tigers left them loaded. For Crisp, it was his second save. "Play one more day," Georgia's Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin said. "We get a chance to play on Tuesday. You win that then you get two more. This team is more than capable of making a run. I think they know that. We all know that. You just have to finish games. You go out Tuesday, and we just have to play really good baseball. I know these kids will fight."