Vanderbilt erupted for seven unanswered runs in its final two at-bats to defeat Georgia 13-7 Friday before 3,200 fans at Hawkins Field in the first game of a key three-game baseball series.
The win pulled the 18th-ranked Commodores [37-13 overall, 15-9 in SEC] to two games behind the 11th-ranked Bulldogs [31-17-1, 17-7-1] in the conference standings.
Georgia can still win the regular-season SEC championship by beating Vanderbilt on Saturday and Sunday. VU can stay alive in the title race by winning two of three games this weekend. Five regular-season games remain for both teams.
A seventh-inning two-run home run by Dominic de la Osa gave Vanderbilt the lead for good at 8-7. VU put the game away in the eighth inning on a two-run homer by David Macias.
Commodores pitcher Russell Brewer [4-0] earned the win in relief, striking out seven and allowing no runs in 2 2/3 innings to close the game. Trevor Holder [7-3] took the loss for Georgia.
Macias led Vanderbilt with three hits, including a two-run double, while de la Osa and Ryan Flaherty each had two. The Commodores have won six straight games and 18 of 21.
Georgia went ahead 7-6 in the seventh inning on a single by Lyle Allen, who drove in Rich Poythress. The Bulldogs scored four runs in that inning.
Vanderbilt vs. Georgia
Saturday, 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.